Given the population explosion and high rate of maternal and infant mortality prevalent in many developing countries, family planning has been promoted as method of controlling the population growth and stemming the occurrence of these birth-related deaths with the mass media as the major campaign tools. This study examined the coverage of family planning-related news in selected Nigerian online newspapers from September 2017 to April 2019, measuring the presence of eight news frames. A quantitative content analysis of the stories revealed that family planning news frequently fell within the attribution of responsibility frame and solution frame. However, it was observed that not enough media attention was given to address misconceptions about family planning, and stories prompting readers to take action on family planning significantly outnumber stories that provided help-seeking information necessary to take such actions. The results provide important insights of how family planning news is reported in Nigerian newspapers.
|Title of host publication||Dialectical Perspectives on Media, Health, and Culture in Modern Africa|
|Editors||Alfred O Akwala, Joel K Ngetich, Agnes Wanjiku Muchura Theuri|
|Publisher||IGI Global Publishing|
|Number of pages||25|
|ISBN (Print)||9781522580911, 9781522592075, 1522580913|
|Publication status||Published - 2021|
- Mediated Health Information, News Framing, Misconception Frame