USES AND INFLUENCE OF INTERNET ON THE PRACTICE OF JOURNALISM IN NIGERIA

Internet has been a plus to the practice of modern journalism which cannot be denied as a result this research is on the thrust to examine the uses and influence of internet on the practice of journalism in Nigeria with emphasis on journalists in Osun State. The research equally covered electronic mail, social media, search engines, video conferencing skyping and lots more has changed the conventional face and practice of mass media like: radio, television, newspaper and magazine not only in Nigeria but across the globe. The study was anchored on Technology Determinism. Survey research method was adopted while questionnaire was used to collected data for this study.the data collected was analysed using frequency and percentage method. 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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