From Analogue to Digital Image Technologies: Evaluating Emergence and Trends of Photojournalism in Nigeria

By Ndoma James Brown and Jacob Udayi Agba.

Published by The International Journal of the Image

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Early and present journalism in the world will definitely be impregnable without acknowledging surrogacy of photojournalism. Evidentially, this study chronicled a disconnection between photojournalism and some inexperienced attitude of news gathering or reporting ascendancy in Nigeria’s print media practice. Accordingly, we have underscored facts that placed photojournalism and news-stories as un-identical twins. In that scope, there glaring vacuum existing between photo-news and news-stories presented a lacuna for allegorical news. The forensic investigations adopted a random sampling technique from 2005 to 2012, to postulate, firstly, lack of simultaneous judgments of photojournalist and news editor’s “on the spot assessment of news event.” Secondly, anomalous application of photo-editing techniques and unprofessional use of jump-lines in photo reportorial, distort intentions. Thirdly, hazy picture qualities hinder effective communication. Fourthly, malicious cases of assaults, brutality as well as unfair remuneration of practitioners in photojournalism profession had retrogressive impact. Therefore, in this preeclampsia, we believe that aversion therapy was adjudicated upon resuscitating this esteemable career from drifting into oblivion. Unavoidably, we have employed the Gate Keeping Theory and Content Analyses in putting afoot the messianic acts of photojournalism in Nigeria’s news reportage.

Keywords: brutalization, digital technology, gate keepers, post-modernism, realism and welfare

The International Journal of the Image, Volume 6, Issue 4, December, 2015, pp.21-32. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published Online: November 25, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 677.548KB)).

Dr. Ndoma James Brown

Lecturer, Department of Mass Communication, Cross River University of Technology, Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria

Dr. Jacob Udayi Agba

Associate Professor, Faculty of Communication Technology, Department of Mass Communication, Cross River University of Technology, Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria