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Framing the #Occupy Nigeria Protests in Newspapers and Social Media

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Nigeria witnessed #Occupy Nigeria Protests in January 2012, following government’s removal of subsidy on premium motor spirits. This study looked at the frames employed by the old and new media respectively in the #Occupy Nigeria Protest. The three collective action frame building tasks proposition of the framing theory: motivation, diagnosis and prognosis were employed in the content analysis of the samples. The three national newspapers were Nigerian Tribune, the Guardian and the Punch while the social media samples were an Occupy Nigeria Facebook page, blog posts, conversations in Nairaland and Twitter. Findings revealed that newspapers were better than social media in framing the motivation, diagnosis and prognosis of the protest. It also showed that the newspapers presented a more heterogeneous narration of the protest. This study holds that newspapers are better contributors to the discourse of the #Occupy Nigeria Protests than social media.

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Egbunike, N. (2015) Framing the #Occupy Nigeria Protests in Newspapers and Social Media. Open Access Library Journal, 2, 1-13. doi: 10.4236/oalib.1101486.

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