Attitude and Knowledge of Print Media Journalists towards Reporting of Climate Change News in Nigeria


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Valid knowledge is important as it predisposes journalists to report with
precision, yet journalists’ behaviors need to be influenced so as to
increase awareness and dissemination of climate change news. The
study investigated the attitude of print media journalists towards the
coverage of climate change news in Nigeria. One hundred and fifty
journalists who specialized in the area of science, environment, and social sciences were randomly selected from ten national dailies namely: Daily Sun, Guardian, Daily Champion, ThisDay, The Nation, The Punch, Daily Times, Daily Independent, Business Day and Vanguard newspapers and interviewed.

Data were analyzed using frequency, percentage, mean scores, and multiple regression. The majority of the journalists perceived the Internet (M= 2.67; S.D= 0.79) as being the most important source of climate information. The majority (73.1%) of the journalists lacked training in reporting climate change issues. The majority statistics of the journalists had a favourable attitude towards reporting climate change issues. Some personal characteristics, namely, sex, training in reporting climate change issues, and years in service influenced journalists’ attitudes towards coverage of climate change news. The study recommended that training of agricultural communicators should receive appropriate attention in universities in order to ensure that personnel with adequate training in agriculture and communication are not in a shortfall in media organizations


Global climate change is a phenomenon that has received increasing attention in the last decade. The attention is motivated by assertions that Africa has had her fair share of food insecurity and starvation, ignorance and disease as well as widespread poverty. Most of the disasters hitting Africa are climate related. However, the media, which has an important influence on the society, has failed to clearly link climate, disasters and society (Rod, Richard and Ambika, 2006). If people get climate information well in time it could help them develop mitigation strategies to cope with the looming dangers. According to Luganda (2008) if the important connection between climate information and the negative extreme events can be established and relayed to the end users, intervention strategies could be taken ahead of time. By understanding, planning for and adapting to a changing climate, individuals and societies can take advantage of opportunities
and reduce risks. Looking at contemporary events, there is need to develop the capacity of the media to achieve this goal.

Many African photojournalists have captured and documented best-known climate stories which were disseminated by global networks. These stories have connected the continent with starvation, the effects of droughts and floods with records of people and animals dying, poverty, and many other attendant social evils linked to the climate. The non- adaptive and mitigation stories that fail to make connections between the public and climate science are in many ways what
are considered to be the African climate stories by the media. Although a lot of useful climate information exists within the science community, it has been rendered of little significance to the ordinary public because it has been difficult for journalists to comprehend valid climate knowledge, and also dissemination channels are not well developed.

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Agricultural Science Education

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