NEWSPAPER COVERAGE OF BOKO HARAM ACTIVITIES IN NIGERIA (A STUDY OF DAILY SUN AND THE NATION NEWSPAPERS BETWEEN APRIL-MAY, 2011). A RESEARCH PROJECT MATERIAL ON MASS COMMUNICATION
This study was carried out with the sole objective to determine how Daily Sun and the Nation Newspapers covered Boko Haram Activities in Nigeria between April and May 2011. The researcher highlighted on the research problems and used them to raise four research questions and four research hypotheses; literature relating to the topic under study was reviewed through both primary and secondary sources of literature. The researcher used content analysis as the research method that enable her to use manifest contents of Daily Sun and the Nation Newspapers were able to cover the activities of Boko Haram in Nigeria between April and May 2011. The code sheet was used to analyze data from the newspapers covering 152 editions. Then, the researcher summarized the topic under study, drew conclusion and made recommendation based on the finding she made.
1.1 BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY
The media have a distinctive culture in which images sounds, words and tenses help produce patterns of daily life behavior. Through the help of the media, individuals, groups and the society itself are made to understand how different issues go on in the society. We learn about issues which otherwise couldn’t have learnt through our consumption of the media.
This to a great extent helps us to form our individual and group opinions as a result of those mass media contents we consume. No wonder Ndolo (2006:32) citing Watter Lippman, states that the media help put pictures in our heads “An extension of this statement by Mccombs and show 1972, 1976) was highlighted by Ndolo (earlier cited) that audience not only learn about public issues and other matters through the media, they also learn how much importance to attach to an issue or topic from the emphasis the mass media place upon it.
A better understanding of mass media coverage of Boko Haram Activities in Nigeria with special reference to “Daily Jan” and the Nation Newspapers could be said to be better appreciated by our ability to understate the role, the media play in information gathering and dissemination in general. This is based on the premise that the media act as the watchdog of the society by mirroring the society and giving the society information about itself.