SMARTPHONES AS TOOL FOR NEWS GATHERING AMONG JOURNALISTS

ABSTRACT: The study investigated the impact of smartphones as a tool for news gathering and reporting by Journalists in Lagos State. There is no gainsaying that smartphone aids news reporting especially that smartphone has become a tool in the hand of journalists in 21 the century. Apart from the fact that it helped in news gathering, it equally aids news editing, sharing the information, lesser noise and more meaningful interaction. The research was anchored on Technological Acceptance Model (TAM) and Technogical Determinism Theory. The study used a survey research method while questionnaire was used as data collection instrument to elicit responses from the respondents who are registered journalists in Lagos. The data collected was analyzed using descriptive statistics (frequency and percentage method using SPSS version 23 while data were presented with the aid of tables. The findings of the study showed that respondents significantly make use of smartphones. Also, respondents significant level of usage of smartphones for news gathering and reporting is high especially in accessing the internet to get information and check facts. The study recommended that media organisations should further encourage the use of technological gadgets in the likes of smartphones, so as to be technologically abreast in this information and communication technology world, symposium and seminars should be organised to further intimate journalists on the optimum use of the smartphone to get the best of journalism off it, and also encourage the appropriate use of the relevant functions of smartphones as storage for an important document is found to be the least usage of smartphone amidst journalists in Lagos state.

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