Purpose and Objective of the Study
Purpose is defined as an idea or aim kept in the mind as the goals towards which ones effort is directed. It is a definite intention an object or reason to which something exist or is done. On the whole, the purpose of this study is to examine Newspaper Coverage of Women Participation in Nigeria Politics. It seeks to achieve the following specified objective.
a. To determine the frequency of coverage given by Nigeria newspapers, particularly Daily Trust and Leadership regarding women participation in Nigeria politics.
b. To find out the level of prominence given to women political issues in Nigeria by the two National dailies.
c. To determine whether there is difference between the two Newspapers as regard to coverage of women in political activities.
Scope/Delimitation of the Study
For the purpose of clarity, simplicity as well as effective analysis, this study focuses on the Newspaper coverage of women political participation in Nigeria. Published materials to be content analyzed, cover only the period of (6) month from January-June, in other words, (January-February and March) prior to election period, (April) the period of election and (May, June) period after election.It is also restricted to the reportage of two national dailies: the Daily Trust and Leadership, this is because it is impossible to analyze press coverage of women participation in politics in all the national dailies. However, the choice of these Newspapers is influence by the fact that these two dailies enjoy wide readership and circulation around the country in respective of any geo-political, religion or environmental influence. Also base on the fact that both papers report issues without fear of intimidation or harassment, they are however seen as (radical press).Newspaper Coverage of Women Participation in Nigeria Politics