Olawale Abayomi Onifade


This study examines ICT and the citizen journalist practice and the likelihood of promoting the spread of fake news in Nigeria. The study is anchored on technological determinism. Survey research design was adopted for this study and the population of the study was 250 members of NUJ, Niger State chapter and census sampling technique was used. The study revealed that the use of ICT has made it easier for citizen journalists to report on events as they unfold, without being hindered by the constraints faced by traditional media, there is high possibility of citizen journalism practice being used for peddle fake news in Nigeria, and it can be harnessed for credible news reporting if the journalists are well trained and taught the need for credible reporting, factual reporting and ethical conducts. The study also identified potential ways in which citizen journalism can be deployed, such as establishing citizen journalism networks and training programs, collaboration between citizen journalists and traditional media, and use of emerging technologies.


Information Communication Technology, Citizen Journalism, Fake News

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