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Abstract

The aim of this study was to determine how newspapers in Nigeria report the impact of COVID-19 on Nigerian economy. A total of four national daily newspapers were randomly selected for the study. These are Leadership, Guardian, Nation and Punch newspapers. The study was anchored on agenda setting theory. The quantitative research design was used for the study. The duration of the study was February 27 2020 to October 30 2020. The code sheet served as the instrument for data collection while descriptive and inferential statistics were used to analyse the results of the study. It was found that newspapers mainly utilized official sources. Additionally, straight news format was used to report the impact of COVID-19 on Nigerian economy. It was also found that newspapers in Nigeria neither made suggestions on how to manage the economy in times of the pandemic nor post pandemic. The researcher examined the implications of these results on health communication.

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