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


#Occupy Nigeria Protests, Media Framing, Old Media, New Media, Social Movements

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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.

Author: Nwachukwu Egbunike



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