INFLUENCE OF COMPUTER IN THE PRACTICE OF JOURNALISM

The study investigated the influence of computer in the practice of journalism with specific focus on Ogun State Correspondents Chapel. Information and Communication Technology especially computer has changed mass media production and distribution in Nigeria. The study was anchored on Mediamorphosis theory and Technological Determination Theory emphasising that we move from old technology to the new one while new technology influences the way we do things. A survey research method was used coupled with questionnaire as data collection instrument. The data were analysed in frequency and percentage method. Findings showed that news gathering and dissemination, sound and audio editing, jingles and other related commercials are some of the areas in which the impact of computer have been felt. Also, epileptic power supply, inadequate knowledge of computer and other ICTs; poor training of staff and cost of ICT devices are all possible challenges facing journalists in the effective use of computer and ICT in general. It was recommended that for media organizations particularly journalists to fully appreciate the impact of computer and ICTs in performing its duties, there is need to ensure adequate training of members of staff, finding a solution to epileptic power supply, and also avoid the transmission of false and unverified stories culled from online media are some of ways to address the challenges.

 

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