ABSTRACT: The objective of this study was to investigate media ownership on the ethical practices among Nigeria journalists in Osun State. ‘He who pays the pipers dictates the tunes,’ is a common cliché. This is in agreement with this study because there are so many direct and indirect ownership controls. Its influence on media organizations and journalists, particularly those associated with the state media. The Social Responsibility Theory and the Ethical Utilitarian Theory served as the foundation for the study. In order to conduct this study. A survey research method was used as the quantitative research design. Questionnaires were the data collection tool utilized in this study to gather data among journalists in Osun State. The data were analyzed in frequency and percentage method and tables were used to present the data. A significant portion of respondents, according to the results, believed that ownership influence cannot be disregarded when determining who controls and has access to the media. Even if the current Freedom of Information Act gives the journalists more freedom, such freedom is still limited. It is advised that media owners avoid letting their commercial interests distract them from the social responsibility that is expected of them in society. Instead, they should encourage their employees to act professionally in their day-to-day activities in order to maintain the media’s objectivity and credibility because “source is the news,” or the reliability of the information, is determined by the reliability of the media.
Keywords: MEDIA OWNERSHIP
“MEDIA OWNERSHIP INFLUENCE ON ETHICAL PRACTICES OF JOURNALISTS“
WHAT TO EXPECT: (Format: MS WORD, Chapter 1-5, Abstract, Table of Contents, Questionnaire and References)