Mass Communication Education in the Digital Age in Low-Income Countries: A Nigerian Experience

By Etim Anim.

Published by The Global Studies Journal

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This paper examines the implications of globalisation and digitisation for Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC) education in low-income countries, relying on the Nigerian experience. It first briefly examines the basic elements of the Digital Age, namely, digitisation and globalisation. It then focuses the discussion by looking at (1) the University curriculum in Mass Communication, (2) instruction and instructional facilities, (3) teachers of Mass Communication, and (4) the funding of education in the country. It concludes that there is yet little concerted effort in the Nigerian university system to address comprehensively the first three issues, while the funding of higher education has not been given proper priority by the governments which are the dominant proprietors of higher education. Poor funding of higher education automatically translates to poor funding of JMC education. The paper suggests that bridging the widening gap between Digital Age JMC education in the high-income and a low-income country like Nigeria requires a commitment to change and a massive injection of funds. A positive direction can only be established by a combination of the efforts of Nigerian governments, the Nigerian private sector, and international organisations like the EU, the Breton Woods institutions, and foundations such as McArthur, Ford, and Bill and Melinda Gates.

Keywords: Mass Communication, Education, Low-Income Countries, Nigeria, Digital Age, Globalisation

Global Studies Journal, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp.1-10. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 566.476KB).

Dr. Etim Anim

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

Dr. Anim is a university teacher of Mass Communication and has been teaching since 1998. He came into academics from 20 years of media practice during which he worked in broadcast news (in the early years) and mostly in print media. He has been Editor-in-Chief of three national dailies (including Nigeria’s first full-colour newspaper, Sunray) and Deputy General Editor of Nigeria’s pioneer news magazine (Newswatch). Dr. Anim holds a BA Honours in Journalism from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka; MA in Communication Arts from the University of Wisconsin, Madison; a PhD in Mass Communication from the University of Uyo, Nigeria. He is at present the Dean of the Faculty of Communication Technology in Cross River University of Technology, Calabar, Nigeria.

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