Publisher: Plateau State University, Bokkos

A Content Analysis of Daily Trust and The Nation Newspapers’ Coverage of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPS)

Ibrahim, Maryam (ph.d)., Wodi, Abdul-hameed
KEYWORDS: Comparative Analysis, News Reports, Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), Daily Trust and The Nation

ABSTRACT:

Nigeria is bedevilled by many crises in various parts of the country. This situation brings about high number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) especially in the northern part of the country. The IDPs rely on humanitarian assistance for survival since they lost their means of livelihood. For them to get such assistance, their conditions need to be known by the general public in other to come to their rescue. Part of the press responsibility in the society is to effectively inform the citizens about happenings in their localities and the country as a whole. This paper content analysed Daily Trust and the Nation newspapers’ reports on the situation of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the various camps across the country between January to March 2016, in other to determine the kind of role they play in highlighting their condition and soliciting support for them as well as the kind of agenda they set. Findings indicate that both the two newspapers
highlighted the situation in the various IDP camps as well as proffer solutions on how to effectively tackle the challenges. However, there is need for the newspapers to give more prominence to issues surrounding the management of the IDP camps in order to make it more transparent to minimize or eradicate corrupt practices to ensure better life for the IDPs.



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