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Title: An Appraisal of Select Nigerian Online Newspaper Coverage of Covid-19 in Nigeria
Author(s): BRISIBE B. Preye & UDEME E. Nana
Abstract: This paper is an evaluation of Nigerian online newspaper coverage of the Covid-19 pandemic in the new media/social media community. It involves the process of framing of covid-19 reports by specific Nigerian newspapers with an online presence, The NCDC new media tools and the response (perspective) of the audience towards the reportage on social media (Facebook). The study was guided by the agenda setting theory and the mediamorphosis theory. The NCDC Website and Facebook community as well as the select newspaper social media platforms, received aggressive feedbacks from their virtual audiences. But the advantage the online newspapers have regarding the corona virus reports is the position of more skilful and professional framing and reportage of covid-19 related issues compared to that of the NCDC which exposed a certain amount of effort expended seemingly towards public relations by the agency. The study reveals that the online audiences were dissatisfied with measures put in place by NCDC and the Nigerian government towards the handling of the pandemic, showing certain deconstructive postmodern reactions. It also shows that the arrangement of headlines and how these news stories are shaped or framed depicts the influence of certain dominant elements in society and can be noticed through proper critical analytical interpretation and scrutiny.
Keywords: Covid-19, Pandemic, Mediamorphosis, Coverage, Online Newspapers

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