Reality Check: The Nigerian Press and the Potential of the Internet in the Domestication of International News
Media technologies have been celebrated as powerful tools for journalistic practices. The emergence of the Internet, mobile phones and social media platforms as part of an essential toolkit for journalists has signalled a significant shift in news production processes. This exploratory study examines how and if Nigerian journalists are exploiting the potential of these technologies to domesticate international news. The study focuses on the coverage of a single multilayered story, the outbreak of Ebola in four West African countries in 2014. Using a combination of research methodologies—quantitative and qualitative analysis of media texts and semi-structured interviews with journalists—the study examines how media technologies were exploited to domesticate the coverage of the Ebola outbreak as an international story. It concludes that while these technologies offer journalists opportunities to broaden their professional capacities, they are yet to transform newsroom practices.
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