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The Attitude of Uyo-based Journalists to Science and Technology Reporting

Type Thesis
Faculty Administration
Course Mass Communication
Price ₦3,000
Key Features:
- No of Chapters: 5
- No of Pages: 62
- Tables
- Accurate intext citations
- Up to date referencing
- Review of opinions
- Accurate data gathering and presentation
Abstract:
There has been advancement in information and Communication Technology (ICT), health, education, etc. There is no aspect of life that is not affected by science and technology. In spite of the positive impact science and technology has in our lives, it seems the issues of science and technology has not been given adequate reportage. This study sets out to examine the attitude of Uyo-based journalists to science and technology reporting. The objectives of the study were to determine Uyo-based journalists’ level of interest in science and technology reporting; measure the frequency of reportage of science and technology among Uyo-based journalists; examine the constraints associated with the coverage of science and technology reporting; assess the influence of these problems on their attitude to reporting this beat and to examine the level of preparedness of Uyo based journalists to work on the beat. The data were obtained through a survey method and the instrument was the questionnaire. The population of the study was 499 being the population of Uyo-based journalists and the sample size was 150 which formed 30% of the population using the purposive sampling procedure. The findings revealed that the complexity of science and technology issues affects Uyo-based journalists’ reportage of the issues. It recommended that the media industries should create space or airtime for science and technology issues and journalists should undergo the necessary trainings for them to be well vest in reporting on the beat.
Table of Content:
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Chapter Title Page
Title Page… … … … …. i
Declaration … … … … ii
Certification … … … … iii
Dedication … … … … iv
Acknowledgements … … … v
Abstract … … … … vii
Table of Contents … … … viii
List of Tables … … … … xi
CHAPTER ONE: INTRODUCTION
1.1 Background of the Problem … … … … … … 1
1.2 Statement of the Problem … … … … … … 4
1.3 Objectives of the Study … … … … … … 5
1.4 Research Questions … … … … … ... 5
1.5 Justification of the Study … … … … … … 6
1.6 Delimitations of the Study … … … … … … 6
1.7 Limitations of the Study … … … … … … 7
1.8 Operational Definition of Terms … … … … … … 7

CHAPTER TWO: REVIEW OF RELATED LITERATURE
2.1 Review of Concepts … … … … … … 8
2.1.1 Science … … … … … … 8
2.1.2 Technology … … … … … … 9
2.1.3 Science and Technology Reporting … … … … … 12
2.2 Review of Opinions … … … … … … 13
2.2.1 Importance of Science and Technology in the Society… … … 13
2.2.2 Relationship between Science and Technology… … … … 15
2.2.3 Science, Technology and the Media … … … … … 16
2.2.4 Sources of Science and Technology Reporting … … … … 17
2.2.5Roles of Science and Technology … … … … … … 19
2.2.5.1 Agriculture and Food Production … … … … … … 19
2.2.5.2 Renewable Energy … … … … … … … 22
2.2.5.3 Education … … … … … … … 22
2.2.5.4 Communication … … … … … … … 23
2.2.5.5 Transportation … … … … … … … 24
2.2.5.6 Health, Energy and Water … … … … … … 24
2.3 Review of Studies … … … … … … … 25
2.4 Theoretical Framework … … … … … … … 29
CHAPTER THREE: RESEARCH METHODOLOGY
3.1 Research Design … … … … … … … 31
3.2 Population of the Study … … … … … … … 31
3.3 Sample Size … … … … … … … 31
3.4 Sampling Technique/Procedure … … … … … … 32
3.5 Research Instrument … … … … … … … 32
3.6 Validity and Reliability of Research Instrument … … … … 33
3.7 Method of Data collection … … … … … … 33
3.8 Method of Data Analysis … … … … … … … 33

CHAPTER FOUR: DATA PRESENTATION, ANALYSIS AND DISCUSSION OF FINDINGS
4.1 Presentation of Data and Analysis … … … … … 34
4.2 Discussion of Findings … … … … … … … 42
4.2.1 Research Question 1 … … … … … … … 42
4.2.2 Research Question 2 … … … … … … … 43
4.2.3 Research Question 3 … … … … … … … 45
4.2.4 Research Question 4 … … … … … … … 46
4.2.5 Research Question 5 … … … … … … … 47

CHAPTER FIVE: SUMMARY, CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATIONS
5.1 Summary of Findings … … … … … … … 48
5.2 Conclusion … … … … … … … 49
5.3 Recommendations … … … … … … … 49
5.4 Contribution to Knowledge … … … … … … 50
5.5 Suggestions for Further Studies … … … … … … 50
References … … … … … … … 51
Appendix … … … … … … … 53
Introduction:
Science and technology is the prime mover or pilot of economic growth of many nations. Adikwu (2008) opined that for a nation to experience economic growth there must be a strong stimulation of science. Science the originator of technology is described as a body of empirical, theoretical and practical knowledge about the practical world that is produced by scientists who emphasize the observations, explanations and prediction of real world phenomena.
Human existence and mutual coexistence in any society are to a large extent, shaped by scientific activities or technology in the world. According to Nwabueze (2009, p.323).

Science and Technology has always played an important part in man’s existence from time immemorial. Even though our forefathers may not have called their knowledge, skills and experience by this name when they made such decisions as choosing the best seasons to cultivate crops, they took into account the seasons to plant, the weather and the amount of water available in the soil, the fertility of the soil, the type of the soil itself and other factors. This was simple science. When they dug the soil with a pointed stick or built paddy fields, this was application of science called technology

Today, science and technology have become more complex as people learn more about their environment and develop ways of changing it. Science and technology today range from theoretical subjects such as physics to more practical subjects like medicine, agriculture and engineering. There is a host of other fields such as physics, chemistry, zoology, electrical engineering, marine biology, geology, ecology, medicine, psychology and mechanical engineering. The list is long and growing every day. Science and technology beat is just too important for journalists to ignore.
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