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Journal of Scientific Research and Studies Vol. 2(2), pp. 39-42, March, 2015

ISSN 2375-8791

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Pattern of stand-alone picture usage in Nigeria’s newspapers: A content analysis of Daily Sun and The Guardian


Greg H. Ezeah1*, Nwachukwu A. Chidiebere1 and Ndoma J. Brown2

1Department of Mass Communication, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria.
2Department of Mass Communication, Cross River University of Technology, Calabar, Nigeria.

*Corresponding author. E-mail:, Tel.: +2348037728393.

Accepted 23 November, 2014




In the world over, stand-alone pictures have become regular features of newspapers. There are however principles that guide their usage. This study examined the patterns of stand-alone picture usage in two Nigerian newspapers. It specifically sought to find out the extent to which Nigerian newspapers are using stand-alone pictures; whether they follow conventional practices in the use of such pictures and whether they are consistent with the way they handle stand-alone pictures. A content analysis of 122 editions of Daily Sun and The Guardian newspapers showed that there was a great use of stand-alone pictures by the two newspapers, with Daily Sun accounting for 503 pictures and The Guardian, 210. Findings also showed that though the newspapers employed conventional practices in disassociating such pictures from other page elements, they were not consistent in doing so. It was recommended that Nigerian newspapers should use stand-alone pictures sparingly, to show proper disassociation and to an extent be consistent in the use of disassociating devices to avoid confusing readers.

Key words: Patterns, stand-alone pictures, newspapers, content analysis.

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