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IMPACT OF INTERNET ON THE PRACTICE OF JOURNALISM IN OSUN STATE

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This project basically takes a critical look at the Impact of Internet on the Practice of Journalism in Osun State. Emphasis is on the positive and negative effects of new media (modern media) on the old media or traditional mass media in today’s practice especially in sending and receiving information. The new media which simply represented by the internet embedded with some facilities or applications like: electronic mail , facebook, Google, yahoo, video conferencing ,chart room, video phone, smartphone and lots more have changed the conventional face and practice in old mass media like: radio, television, newspaper and magazine not only in Nigeria but across the globe. In addition, the internet has made the receivers of message form part of the information sender(s) unlike in the past when only the media owners can send messages with little or no feedback. The study was anchored on Mediamorphosis and Technological Determinism Theories. The study used survey research method while the data was collected using questionnaire. The data collected were analysis using frequency and percentage. Findings show that most of the journalists have a personal computer while journalists use computer/internet in its media outfit. Similarly, journalists have cyber café within the media outfits which has enhanced the performance and improve news gathering and process to a large extent. GSM and social media have been adopted as feedback mechanism in its daily activities. The researcher adopted survey research method coupled with administer questionnaire to elicit data from the respondents within journalists in Osun state. Simple random sampling method was used to select respondents.

 

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