INTERNATIONAL MEDIA REPORTAGE OF THE OUTCOME OF THE 2015 NIGERIA’S PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION: A STUDY OF BBC AND AL JAZEERA

Timothy Ekeledirichukwu Onyejelem

Abstract


This paper investigated the patterns of reportage of the outcome of the 2015 Nigerian presidential election on BBC and Al Jazeera. Situated within the framework of media representation theory, the study design was textual analysis. Findings indicated that the two stations portrayed the outcome of the election as generally credible; seeing it as an indication that Nigeria might be on its way to greater democratization. The study equally discovered some evidence of the influence of beliefs and biases of the gatekeepers of the two media houses about Nigeria on their report of the election’s outcome. The study recommended, among others, the strengthening of the reportorial capabilities of the local media with the view to matching the international influence of foreign media such as the BBC and Al Jazeera in reporting the nation to the world, as this is the only way to counter whatever prejudice that might colour the report of the nation by these foreign media houses.


Keywords


International Media, Reportage, Outcome, 2015 Nigerian Presidential Election, BBC, Al Jazeera

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