Democratic Participant Media Theory in the Nigerian Context

Nnanyelugo Okoro & Kemi Aboderin


This work examines how effective the democratic participant media theory (DPMT) is in the Nigerian media context, in terms of the tents upheld, tenets not upheld as well as tenets marked with ambiguities. The data from the analysis of the editorials of three national newspapers –The Nation, The Sun and Vanguard -  show that only The Sun ‑ has editorials published daily, which supports the theory’s tenet of the individual citizen’s need for content. Political issues emerge fifth among six other sub-themes and the individual citizen’s determination of the need for media context turns out to be the purview of the professionals who are centrally controlled. 

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