Indian Journal of Information Sources and Services (IJISS)
News Consumption on the Internet by Undergraduate Students of Public Universities in NigeriaAuthor : Janet O. Adekannbi and Damilola Michael Agbolabori
Volume 8 No.2 July-September 2018 pp 99-107
This study investigated the pattern of news consumption on the internet and the influence of performance expectancy, effort expectancy, social influence and facilitating condition on use among undergraduate students in public universities in Nigeria. Both quantitative and qualitative research approaches were used. Respondents were selected from four faculties in two public universities in Lagos State, Nigeria. Findings revealed that mobile phone was the most popular device used, entertainment news was the most popular type of news consumed, while Facebook was the most popular platform used for news consumption. Poor quality of internet connection and high data cost were challenges to news consumption. Generally, all the four UTAUT constructs were found to positively influence the student’s intention and actual use of the internet for news consumption. Government and internet service providers should work together to improve the coverage and quality of internet connection, providing more affordable internet subscription rates for users.
Internet, News Consumption, Undergraduate Students, UTAUT Model
 Akbar, F. (2013). What affects students’ acceptance and use of technology? Honors Thesis. Carnegie Mellon University, Qatar.
 Akosile, C.Y. (2010). Online newspaper usage among staff and students of University of Ibadan. Masters thesis. University of Ibadan, Nigeria.
 Alejandro, J. (2010) Journalism in the age of social media. Reuters Institute Fellowship Paper, University of Oxford. Retrieved from https://reutersinstitute.politics.ox.ac.uk/sites/default/files/Journalism%20in%20the%20Age%20of%20Social%20Media.pdf.  Attuquayefio, S. N. &Addo, H. (2014). Using the UTAUT model to analyze students’ ICT adoption. International Journal of Education and Development using Information and Communication Technology, 10(3), 75-86.
 Bahk, C. M., Sheil, A., Rohm, C. E. T. and Lin, F. (2010). Digital media dependency, relational orientation, and social networking among college students. Communications of the International Information Management Association, 10(3), 69- 80.
 Bergström, A. &Wadbring, I. (2012). Strong support for news media: Attitudes towards news on old and new platforms. Media International Australia, 144(1),118-126.
 Caumont, A. (2013). 12 trends shaping digital news. Pew Research Center,Retrieved from http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2013/10/16/12-trends-shaping-digital-news.  Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) (2017). World Fact Book. Retrieved from https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ni.html.
 Chukwu, O. C. (2014). Online Journalism and the changing nature of traditional media in Nigeria. International Journal of African Society Cultures and Traditions, 2(3), 1-9.
 Clark, F. G. (2010) News consumption habits of students at the University of Nebraska. Masters Thesis. University of Nebraska, USA.  Elareshi, M. (2014) News consumption in Libya: A study of university students. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
 Emil, M. L. & Fredrik, J. K. (2015). Smart phones and news consumption in Kenya: How technical devices are used by university students at the Technical University of Mombasa. Bachelor’s project. Linnaeus University, Sweden.
 Howe, J. (2012). Social media and news consumption. Masters thesis. Gonzaga University, USA.
 Internet World Stats. (2015.) Africa 2015 Population and Internet Users Statistics for 2015 Q4. Retrieved from http://www.internetworldstats.com/stats1.htm#africa.
 Kang, C. Y. (2009). Communication technologies: Diffusion of online news use and credibility among young web users in the information age. Masters thesis. University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA.  Madni, A. R., Batool, S., Abdullah, M. & Nawaz, T. (2013). Reading online newspapers and readers’ perception (A case study of University of Sargodha). Asian Journal of Empirical Research, 3(5), 618-632.
 Mitchell, A., Gottfried, J., Barthel, M. & Shearer, E. (2016). The modern news consumer: News attitudes and practices in the digital era. Pew Research Center Retrieved from http://www.journalism.org/2016/07/07/the-modern-news-consumer.  Olatunbosun, O., Olusoga, F. A. & Samuel, O. A. (2015) Adoption of eLearning technology in Nigerian tertiary institution of learning. British Journal of Applied Science &Technology,10(2), 1-15.
 Oliha, F. and Arthur, S. (2014). A study of news and information media usage in Nigeria. African Journal of Computer & ICTs, 7(1), 99-104.
 Oyero, O. S. (2007). The implications of Internet on the media and the practice of mass communication. International Journal of Communication, 6(1), 169-174.  Patrick, U. (2010) Internet access and use among students of the University of Ilorin, Nigeria Journal of Communication and Media Research, 2(1), 33-42.
 Pearson Education. (2014). Pearson student mobile device survey: College students. New York, NY: Pearson Education. Retrieved from http://www.pearsoned.com/wp-content/uploads/2015-Pearson-Student-Mobile-Device-Survey-College.pdf.
 Ratner, C. (2002). Subjectivity and objectivity in qualitative methodology. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung /Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 3(3), Retrieved from http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:0114- fqs0203160.
 Tewari, P. (2015). The habits of online newspaper readers in India. E-journal of Intermedia, 2(2), 295-304.
 Venkatesh, V., Morris, M. G., Davis, G. B. and Davis, F. D. (2003). User acceptance of information technology: Toward a unified view. Management Information System Quarterly, 27(3), 425-478.
 West, D. M. (2015). Digital divide: Improving Internet access in the developing world through affordable services and diverse content.Retrieved from https://www.brookings.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/West_Internet-Access.pdf. 107