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Abstract

This study explored the awareness frequency and theme coverage of the “Daily Sun” Newspaper on COVID-19 Pandemic. The descriptive survey design was adopted for the study. The population of study comprised 92 editions of the “Daily Sun” Newspapers from March to May 2020. The sample size of 3 months (March, April and May, 2020) editions of the “Daily Sun” Newspaper was purposively adopted to represent the entire year of publication of the newspaper covering the arrival year of Covid-19 pandemic in Nigeria (March 2020 to December 2020). Data was collected through review of contents in Daily Sun Newspaper on Covid-19. A content analysis method was adopted as a useful method to analyze the totality of news, articles and other information on COVID-19, published by “the Daily Sun” Newspaper for the period under review. The finding showed that in the month of March, the “Daily Sun” Newspaper was able to publish 161 news articles, 79 feature articles and 15 Public service announcements on COVID-19 awareness. In April 2020, the result revealed that 172 news stories,73 feature articles and 27 public announcements on Covid-19 pandemic were published in “Daily Sun” Newspaper while in the month of May 2020; 188 news stories,81 feature articles and 19 public announcements on Covid-19 pandemic were published in the “Daily Sun” Newspaper. In conclusion, the “Daily Sun” Newspaper was discovered to have played an active role in disseminating COVID-19 information to the masses.

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