Newspaper Coverage of Bank Verification Number Enrolment in Nigeria



This study investigated Nigerian newspaper coverage of the Bank Verification Number (BNV) exercise with emphasis on story interpretation/ education, volume and prominence. The study applied content analysis while two newspapers- The daily Sun and The Leadership were selected for the study which duration was February 1st 2015 to October 31st 2015. A self developed questionnaire was used to collect data for the study. Result showed that 66.7% of the stories on BVN were found to be educative/ interpretative while only 33.3% were found not to be interpretative/ educative, findings also showed that   60.3% of the stories were on half page, 25% were quarter page while 14% were full page. The researcher also found that most (47%) of the stories on BVN were on inside page, followed by back page (17%), front page (17%) and centre page (15%). The researcher recommends, among others, Nigerian newspapers should improve in their coverage of BVN issues in the areas of volume and   prominence.

Keywords: Bank verification number, coverage, newspaper and Nigeria.

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