A Study of Online Newspaper Reading Habits Among University Students in Nigeria
Online newspaper reading is gradually becoming a habit among Nigerian university students. This paper therefore sets out to discover the nature of this habit. It seeks to find out the students’ favourite online newspapers, how frequently the students read the papers as well as the problems they encounter while attempting to read the online papers. The methodology used in conducting the study is survey. The paper used random sampling technique to select 3600 students from the six geo-political zones of Nigeria. The analysed result showed that the Vanguard, Daily Trust, Punch, Daily Sun and The Nation are the top five favourite newspapers the students read online. The study also found 47.00% of the research respondents read the newspapers daily, while 13.76% do that four times a week; 12.23% read them thrice a week, while those who do so twice a week are 8.90%. Those who say they read weekly are a mere 1.88%. Among the reasons the respondents gave for reading their favourite newspapers online were currency, the need for them to be informed and the ease with which they access the online newspapers. The students also mentioned network problem and power failure as the major problems they face while attempting to read online newspapers. It is hoped that newspaper organizations take note of the findings of this study to make their online offerings more attractive.