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International Journal of Journalism and Mass Communication

Towards Improving Governance in Nigeria through the Media

Justine John Dyikuk

Graduate, Centre for the Study for African Culture and Communication (CESACC), Catholic Institute of West Africa (CIWA), Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

Accepted 23 August 2017

Citation: Dyikuk JJ (2017). Towards Improving Governance in Nigeria through the Media. International Journal of Journalism and Mass Communication. 3(1): 029-042.

Copyright: © 2017 Dyikuk JJ. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are cited.


Although the media is popularly regarded as the fourth estate, it has not reached its potential in Nigeria as a driver of democratic principles. This conceptual analysis sort to interrogate the seeming symbiotic relationship which exists between the media and democratic governance in the country. With the aid of the free press theory, the researcher discovered that forming public opinion, media independence and naming and shaming of corrupt public office holders are crucial to enabling the media play its invaluable role as a catalyst for good governance in Nigeria.

Keywords: Gatekeeping, gatewatching, governance, media, press.