How The Media Reports Rape in Nigeria: A Content Analysis onOnline Newspaper Report

Ochulo, Ifeoma (2020) How The Media Reports Rape in Nigeria: A Content Analysis onOnline Newspaper Report. Masters thesis, Griffith College.

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The primary responsibility of newspapers is to disseminate information to the public and, hence this would have a significant effect on the public opinion. Newspaper represent and perpetuate existing social and cultural norms. This dissertation analysed the newspaper coverage on rape and sexual assault, with the main focus on the choice of words used to describe the victim and the perpetrator. The mixed research methods used for this study helped to investigate the narratives created by the newspapers about rape and sexual violence. Ten articles from the Vanguard and theNigerian Tribune newspaper were reviewed and a survey that represented the audience (Nigerians’) views and understanding of the topic were analysed. Through the analysis, the newspapers were noted to have described the victim and perpetrator in two diverse but sexist approach. Increasing public understanding of sexism in the media is necessary to promote collective support for all victims of rape and fair representation of offenders in the criminal justice system.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Divisions: Faculty of Journalism & Media Communications > MA in Journalism & Media Communications
Depositing User: Ms Dimphne Ni Bhraonain
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2021 14:51
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2021 14:51

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