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Gender Issues in Nigerian Newspapers Coverage of Maternal and Child Healthcare Issues

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Raheemat Adeniran

Department of Journalism Lagos State University (LASU) Lagos, NG
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This study examines emergent gender issues in the analysis of newspaper coverage of maternal and child healthcare (MCH) in Nigeria over a one-year period. MCH is a major challenge in Nigeria as the country is among the highest contributors to maternal and child mortalities globally. Even though this pattern has wider implication to society at large, it may be regarded as being more relevant to women. Premised on gender bias and journalistic norms hypotheses, the study combines content analysis and in-depth interviews (IDI) to determine the dominant gender leading in the newspaper coverage of such a womencentred issue, and underlying reasons for the dominance. The study thus examines the dominant gender of journalists, and other voices projected in the newspaper reports on the issues. It also compares views of male and female health journalists for possible differences of opinion regarding media coverage of MCH. The study finds male dominance amongst journalists and voices quoted in the coverage of MCH issues and related stories, though there was minimal influence of gender in the overall coverage of issues. The study thus deviates from the media gender studies attributing underrepresentation of women in the media to gender bias; noting that gender imbalance is often rooted in journalistic norms pervading media operations.
How to Cite: Adeniran, R., 2020. Gender Issues in Nigerian Newspapers Coverage of Maternal and Child Healthcare Issues. Communication Cultures in Africa, 2(1). DOI: http://doi.org/10.21039/cca.24
Published on 30 Jun 2020.
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