Social Media and Journalism Practice in Nigeria: A look at News Sourcing and Dissemination among Journalists in Borno State
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Social media
Journalists
Use
Journalism Practice

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Bitrus N. Umar. (2021). Social Media and Journalism Practice in Nigeria: A look at News Sourcing and Dissemination among Journalists in Borno State. Media & Communication Currents, 5(1), 56-70. Retrieved from http://journals.unimaid.edu.ng/index.php/mcc/article/view/135

Abstract

This paper examines the use of social media in journalism practice, with specific interest in news sourcing and dissemination among practicing journalist in Borno State Nigeria. The objectives of the study are: to determine whether journalists in Borno State use social media for news sourcing and dissemination, to determine what type of social media platforms they use for news sourcing and dissemination, determine, whether the use of social media have enhanced their productivity in news sourcing and dissemination and to identify the challenges they face in the use of social media a for news sourcing and dissemination. The surveys research design was adopted for the study and structured questionnaire was used to gather data from a sample of 120 respondents. The study found that that Journalists in Borno State use of a social media for news sourcing and dissemination. The types of social media used by journalists for news sourcing and dissemination in Borno State are Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter and YouTube. Study further found that the use of social media by the respondents has enhanced their productivity in news sourcing and dissemination. The study concludes that In spite the challenges associated with the use of social media for news sourcing and dissemination, journalist find it useful and has enhanced their professional productivity in news sourcing and dissemination. The study recommends that Journalist can expose themselves advanced social media skills to enable them make the most out of the it for their professional endeavours.

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