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Journalism Education, Social Ethics and Valuedriven factors

A challenge to the Professionalization of Journalism in Nigeria

The aim of project is to examine the level of professionalism of journalists with specific focus on the impact of journalism education, social ethics and cultural value driven factors in Nigeria. The research work further explores how journalism education, social ethics and cultural value driven factors can contribute to the social process by which journalism can be transformed into a true profession of the highest integrity and competence in Nigerian. In the line of duty, journalists are equally obliged to nurture dialogue and improve development in society. The great lack of values and ethics to some extent notwithstanding, this work intends to analyze the applicable type of values, how legitimate these values are, their basic foundation and which role journalism education and social ethics play in order to professionalize journalism in Nigeria. The question therefore is, to what extent does cultural values, social ethics and the journalism education and practice conflict with professionalism? Of particular concern, however, is whether the professional character of Nigeria journalists is compelled by cultural traits or by social and professional ethics? The connection reinforces interactional and mutual dependence as defined by normative, communication, social responsibility and education theories, which provides the basic framework upon which this study is anchored.

As a result, the manner as well as the environment in which Nigerian journalists carry out their professional duties is profoundly influenced by the Nigeria culture thereby exposing the substandard nature of the profession. Therefore, to meet the demands of journalistic responsibility in a democratizing society of which Nigeria, professional demarcation and a bit of occupational closure requires establishing acceptable qualifications, professional body and an association to monitor the demeanor of the members in order to create some distinction between professional amateurs and unqualified professionals. In order to critically explore these hypothesis, both qualitative and quantitative research methods apply in this study. A standardized focus interviews with 12 experts in the field of journalism, education and social development would be conducted. Interviewees will be experts in the journalism education field representing a variety of academic and non-academic, public and private institutions. The quantitative component of the study would consist of a large-scale online survey aimed at professional and aspiring journalists who have recently completed various forms of journalism education in the country under study. This study therefore proffers a structural balance that promotes cultural values driven factors but does not compromise professional ethics.


Maryann Ijeoma Egbujor                                         
Prof. Dr. Ursula Nothelle-Wildfeuer 
Schweizer Bischofskonferenz
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