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Online newspapers reporting of homeland politics to diasporic Nigerians during the 2011 Nigerian presidential election: a perspective from Malaysia

Mustapha, Lambe Kayode and Wok, Saodah and Haque, Md. Shahidul (2013) Online newspapers reporting of homeland politics to diasporic Nigerians during the 2011 Nigerian presidential election: a perspective from Malaysia. In: The 22nd Annual Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC) Conference , 4th-7th July 2013, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

This study presented what Nigerian newspapers on the Web beamed to Nigerian foreign resident citizens during the 2011 Nigerian presidential election. Premised on the importance of diasporas to homeland political development and the centrality of the web media to the migrants in today’s globalized world, the paper explored how homeland online newspapers connected the diasporas with Nigerian political transition. By content analyzing three major Nigerian online newspapers, the Daily Trust, the Punch, and the Vanguard, the paper concentrated on the supply side of information to Nigerians in diasporas, thus inundating them with what to think and how to think about the election and the candidates. Beyond presenting the key issues and candidates’ attributes covered in the online newspapers (the predictor variable in agenda-setting study) during the presidential election, this study found that Nigerian online newspapers prioritised election issues and candidates’ attributes differently for the main contenders in the election. The paper thus challenged the Nigerian media to consider their diasporic audience in their news production and distribution, particularly in the light of increasing agitations for direct political participation among Nigerians in diaspora.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Full Paper)
Additional Information: 2899/39970
Uncontrolled Keywords: Online newspapers, Homeland politics, Election issues, Candidates’ attributes, Nigerian 2011 presidential election
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General) > H61.8 Communication of information
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes: Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of Communication
Depositing User: Prof. Dr. Saodah Wok
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2015 10:37
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2015 08:49
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/39970

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