Use of Newspapers by Nigerian University Students: The Case of Delta State University, Anwai Campus

By Igbeka, J. U.; Ola, Christopher O. | Library Philosophy and Practice, June 2010 | Go to article overview

Use of Newspapers by Nigerian University Students: The Case of Delta State University, Anwai Campus


Igbeka, J. U., Ola, Christopher O., Library Philosophy and Practice


Introduction

Newspapers provide up-to-date information on local, state/provincial, national, and world issues. They are among the most widely-read periodicals that are available and accessible to the vast majority of people of all ages and walks of life in any community. Every category of reader can find some important, current, and interesting information in newspapers. Today's newspapers use design elements that make information easily accessible to the reader. For example, important stories have large bold headlines, while graphics appear next to related stories.

The most current analysis and criticism of politics, economics, health, religion, sports, psychological and emotional issues, music, theatre, television, the fine arts, and even comics are covered by newspapers. Ola and Ojo (2007) reiterate 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. They are useful for education, recreation, entertainment and relaxation." News is written as a way of disseminating information to a large group of people. Reporters and editors are usually conscious of the language they use in news reportage to attract popular readership.

In positioning newspapers within the news environment and establishing their academic and research viability, Cheney, Knapp, Alan, and Czapla (2006) insist that despite the growing presence of news on the Internet, radio, television, etc., a library's current newspaper collection can continue to play a vital role in the academic community. In fact, they advocate that, in order to improve newspaper readership among college-age students, libraries should provide free and unhindered access to newspapers to all library users.

History

The history of the Nigerian press dates back to 1859, when Rev. Henry Tennsend released Iwe Iroyin fun Awon Ara Egba ati Yoruba (The Newspaper for the Egbas and Yorubas ) in Abeokuta. It was bilingual (published in both English and Yoruba). This was followed in 1863 by The Anglo African, edited by Robert Campbell. It carried both local and international news.

With the increase in political and social activities in Nigeria, came a bimonthly newspaper used to aggregate public opinion on topical issues, the Lagos Times, which emerged on November 10, 1880. The Lagos Observer hit the newsstands fifteen months later, followed by The Eagle on March 31, 1887. Adolphus March started The Mirror at this time. Other newspapers began to emerge afterwards: The Nigerian Chronicle in 1908, and The Nigerian Pioneer, founded by Kukoyi Ajasa.

In 1926, the Nigerian Printing and Publishing Company started the Nigerian Daily Times. The West African Pilot of Dr. Nnamdi Azikwe was established in 1936. This brought an increase in national consciousness. Chief Obafemi Awolowo started the Nigerian Tribune in 1946.

Most recently, the newspapers in circulation include: The Vanguard Newspaper, The National Concord, The Punch, The Guardian, This Day, Comet Newspaper, Daily Sketch, The Monitor, Alaroye, The Post Express, The Nigerian Herald, The National Compass, etc.

Delta State University, Asaba, Anwai Campus

Delta State University Asaba, Anwai campus is one of the campuses of the university whose main campus is at Abraka. It offers courses mainly in agriculture and business. It is made up of two faculties, the Faculty of Agriculture and the Faculty of Management Science. Presently, the total student population is 2,498, with 1,129 in the Faculty of Agriculture and 1,267 in the Faculty of Management Science. The population of part-time students is 2,384.

Purpose of the Study

This paper explores the impact of newspapers in the life of the students in the university, including the most widely-read newspapers and the reason they are read by students.

The result of this research will allow newspaper publishers to know the impact they have on students. …

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