PROJECT TOPIC: NEWSPAPER READERSHIP PATTERN AMONG NIGERIAN YOUTHS.
This study was carried out to determine the newspaper readership pattern among students of Rivers State University. This arose because it was thought that the students did not read newspapers and their use of other media was minimal.
Against the background of seemingly lack of readership among the students. Questionnaires draw administered to ascertain the extent of reading habit formed by this group.
The students of Rivers State University were used as a focus.
They all experience similar socio-economic dilemma. They also face similar financial as well as education problems experienced in the nation. 250 respondents were sampled randomly and data analyzed and presented as percentages in frequency distribution tables. The work traced the reading habit found among the students. Researcher questions and hypothesis were used a guide for analysis and conclusion respecting.
The work reviewed other literature on the topic and found out what their results were the conclusions down were based both on other related work of literature and the results gathered from the questionnaire. The result showed that there were indeed readership patterns among the newspaper readership pattern among students of Rivers State University.
The showed that students read newspaper and they also bought majority of respondents bought or read. Result also showed that students who bought were both more financially and academically favoured than others that had lower reading habit. It was also found out that sex was no barrier to who read and what was read. The female students read more than the male student but they both read the same content in their favourite newspapers. Male students read entertainment news in equal proportion with the female students. There was also equal reading proportion in contents that have to do end at the study, recommendations were made about activities that will help the youth develop readership and use pattern for the newspaper and other media.
TABLES OF CONTENTS
1.1 Background of Study
1.2 Problem Statement
1.3 Objective of study
1.4 Significance of Study
1.5 Research questions
1.6 Research Hypothesis
1.7 Definition of Terms
1.9 Limitation of study
2.1 Sources of literature Review
2.2 Literature Review
2.3 Summary of Literature Review
3.1 Research Method
3.2 Research Design
3.3 Research sample
3.4 Measuring Instrument
3.5 Data Collection
3.6 Data Analysis
3.7 Expected Results
DATA ANALYSIS AND RESULTS
4.1 Data Analysis
SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS
1.1 BACKGROUND OF STUDY
Newspapers are known for the provision of up-to-date information on local, state, national and international events. Newspapers often contain current and interesting information meant for the reading pleasure of the vast majority of readers of all ages and walks of life. As an important print medium of mass communication, newspapers provide the most current analysis, debate and criticism of socio-political, economic, health and a host of other issues as information, education and entertainment to the readers. The newspaper is, no doubt, one of the most widely-read periodicals available and accessible to all on daily basis in print and electronic versions.
As a mass medium, newspapers are useful for education, information, recreation, relaxation and entertainment. This explains why Ola and Ojo (2007) opine that newspapers are important because they carry current information and they keep the readers informed of events and happenings within and outside their immediate environments. Okunna (1999) reinforces this position by asserting that the newspaper is important in that it serves as a carrier of current information or news.The Newspaper being one modified channel of information dissemination present the element of research for this study. Newspaper with its vital role to the development of man has undergone changes in both content and form as to satisfy man’s consciousness in search of information. It is worthy to mention that information massages in newspaper are structural to the readership pattern of the cross section of the society.
The mechanics of communication which include picture, cartoons and literate information become a remote but powerful factor in creating on interesting pool from which a semi-pattern consequently emerges.
The principle of communication applied in this work emphasizes only on the laws of efficient communication, some of which are good grammer and syntax, appropriate use of literary devices that are not etc.
The above subject quickly recommends themselves to the intelligence quittance of any readership. This form the determinant in newspaper consciousness as it is well understood that over and above poriny at payees of contents is fundamental to habit forming. A highly literate as well as versed section of the society can literally was the seemingly meaningless black print into a fabric of pleasure b because of level of exposure to the element of literary appreciation.
In the present work, the word readership-pattern in understood as the cross section of the society that find time out of interest and habits to indulge in the act of gathering information from newspapers. This understanding is only elementary as further into the work readership assumes a wider scope. The present study will seek to comparatively the subject matter from the background of more complex definition. In view of this, readership among the youth in general and students of Rivers State University in particular, presents a particular, phenomenon that arouses interest.
More serious emphasis is laid on habit orientated readership pattern- a pattern which is sustaining. This is not to say that this readership pattern influence positively than this demand and supply curve. In fact both readership patterns confine with a complex. And this is what actually influences the demand and supply.
An easily recognizable or predictable trend creates comparisons which are made to create a model hypothesis that will help in decision making. Last but not the least, comparative are here refers to relationship existing between under studied elements from the background of stocktaking.
In comparative presented in this work, comparison model have been created are got.
The following are the comparison models employed in this work:
(a) Sex oriented comparison model.
(b) Age oriented comparison model
(c) Finance oriented comparison model
(d) Education oriented comparison model
(e) Popular trend oriented comparison model
(f) Political oriented comparison model
(g) Religious conviction oriented comparison model
A. SEX ORINTED COMPARISON MODEL
There is no point in doubting the fact the, gender goes a long way to determine emotional responses to news content. It is in view of this that study seeks to investigate the determining factors that make a particular sex to be more or less responsive to male-female ration among the students readership will be determine and critically studied.
B. AGE ORIENTED COMPARISON MODEL:
From an earlier assertion, the age brackets have been defined
among which this study is to be undertaken namely.
16 to 26 years to discover the more responsive age group among these brackets. A bird view of the problem anticipated under this model is that hypothetically, the upper age bracket appears to be more responsive for seasons that may be stated from the questionnaire whereas lower group for other peculiar reasons hypothetically may be less responsive to reading of newspapers.
C. FINANCE ORIENTED COMPARISON MODEL
It is no secret in economics that as people’s spending powers grow with their standard at living; they can more easily afford to indulge in less “necessaries”. If will not be out place for a hungry man to spend his last Nzo for a lunch than by buy a newspaper and go hungry. This becomes more acute with students who always run budget-line.
D. EDUCATION ORIENTED COMPARISM MODLE.
All things being equal, the more educated one is, the easier it is
for him to appreciate as well as extracting information from the newspaper hence one’s level of education, in this case, the student goes a long way to determine and habit in newspaper indulgence.
E. POPULAR TREND ORIENTED COMARISON MODEL
This is a less serious model as it is not sustaining. Nevertheless, when its cycle come up, it can be quite impressive.
By trend, we mean a particular response due to a bias in society. An example of trend could be seen in old early country Newspaper pictures of the English gentry where it is fashionable and popular to take snapshots with newspaper or folding.
E. POLITICS ORIENTED COMPARISON MODEL
Nationalism and patriotism can compel ardent readership from patriots as they prefer their own local newspaper to better produced but foreign newspapers.
It is under such a model that we see customer ship done to certain newspaper that advance the cause of independence.
G. RELIGIOUS CONVICTION ORIENTED MODEL
Under this model, we find people who for one religious conviction or the other prefers some kind of news content in a newspaper. Which presence may persuade or dissuade them from doing custom to newspaper publishers.
1.2 STATEMENT OF THE RESEARCH PROBLEM
Researcher is done to identify a problem. Hence the identification these problems gives direction to research works in this case the problems that led us into research are media
1. Media illiteracy as an impediment to Newspaper consumption among Students of Rivers State University.
2. Financial difficulty that are facing students of Rivers State University which in turn stand as an obstacle to Newspaper consumption.
1.3 The problem associated with the reading habit among Students of Rivers State University
1.4 OBJECTIVE OF STUDY.
The aim embarking on this study was promoted by an observation made by earlier researchers that the youths are generally not information conscious and it is only the males among the youths, that try at all to obtain information, specifically through the print media like newspapers.
This study wants to know if summaries and conclusions of other works are also applicable to students with high level at educational exposure. The work wants to find out if the new socio-economic status of the females, their new political awareness orientations has affected their readership pattern.
It also aims at finding out if it only the female youths that still read entertainment and family based materials in newspaper or if the males have been affected by changes in the society and why their sudden interest.
1.5 SIGNIFICANCE OF STUDY
The result of this study will help editors editor of different newspapers to know the demography of their audience. With the results obtained, they will know what material to retain or remove from their news content.
The study will help to find out the problems they youth grapple with, that have made them lose interest in bunny and reading newspaper. It will also help editors know how to reach out the young generation so as to create good reading habit in them. The project will help editors know how to reach out the young generation so as to create good reading habit in them. The project will help editors and publishers know the psychological disposition information dissemination.
1.6 RESEARCH QUESTIONS.
1. Do educational and financial positions affect newspaper readership among students of Rivers State University.
2. Do male students read more newspapers than female students of Rivers State University?
3. Do female students and more of entertainment news than male students of Rivers State University?
4. Does age affect newspaper readership among students of Rivers State University?
1.7 RESEARCH HYPOTHESIS
1. Hi Educational and Financial positions affect newspaper readership among students of Rivers State University..
Ho: Education and financial position do not effect newspaper readership among students of Rivers State University..
2. H2: Male students are more newspaper readers than male students of Rivers State University.
Ho: Female students are more newspaper readers than male students of Rivers State University.
H3: Female students read entertainment material than female students of Rivers State University.
Ho: Male students read entrainment material than female students of Rivers State University.
H4: Age as a factor affect newspaper readership among the students of Rivers State University.
Ho: Age as a factor is not affecting newspaper readership among the students of Rivers State University.
Does age affect newspaper readership among the students of Rivers State University.?
CONCEPTUAL AND OPERATIONAL
1.7 DEFINITION CONCEPTUAL DEFINITION OF TERMS:
PATTERN: A way, in which something happens, moves, develops, or is arranged.
NEWSPAPER: A part printed daily or weekly containing news material.
READERSHIP: the number or type of readers of a Newspaper, magazine, etc or of a particular writer
YOUTH: The time when a person is young, especial the time before the child becomes an adult.
SEX: This means being male or female.
NEWSPAPER CONTENT: subject matter in Newspaper.
Newspaper: The printed dailies e.g punch, daily champion, vanguard, sum etc
Pattern: The level consumption (e.g daily, weekly, occasional etc.
Youth: Relating to the age that consumed the newspaper, e.g 16-25, 25-30 year etc
Newspaper Content: These are contained in the volume of news,
articles, adverts, Arts, fashion, foreign news
YOUTH: This word includes children and young person of both sexes. It also involves status classification of children and young adults.
SEX: This means differences that exist between male and female. This term as well means the sum total at characteristics, which distinguish male from female.
NEWSPAPPER CONTENT: This means that which is contained in the volume of a newspaper. The amount of substance of work a newspaper can hold for example fashion etc.
Male and Female students of Rivers State University., are literate. The students posses a similarity of psychological as well as other dispositions with the rest of youths that live in the country. Also they have equal access to newspapers both financially and otherwise.
1.9 LIMITATIONS OF STUDY
The study would have taken in more students in Nigeria but due to time limitation a well as high cost such project. The study was limited to students of Rivers State University.
Again, because of the population of the students in the campus, which run into thousand, only 5% of his number was used as sample size. A grater percentage should are been used but for reasons given above.
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