Isaac Olajide Fadeyi, Popoola Eunice Adepeju


Journalism practice over the years has been a herculean task meant to give detailed and proper account of happenings to people in the society, and both men and women have taken up this critical challenge. The role and impact of female gender cannot be underestimated in journalism practice. However opinions differ on the impact of marital status on professionalism in media practice. This study examines the influence of marital status on journalism practice with focus on married female journalists in Osun State.

The study was anchored on feminist muted theory with a sample size of 20 married female journalists and a descriptive survey design, the study found that religious belief, cultural orientation and the societal demands impact negatively on married female journalists. The study revealed that marriage and family life in the areas of child’s bearing and taking care of home have negative impacts on married female journalist’s ability to perform her duties.

The study recommends media policy and law that guarantee more support and resources to married female journalist and inclusive work place culture that value and respect all journalists, regardless of their marital status and gender.


Marital Status, Married Female Journalist, Professionalism, Journalism, Influence, Osun State.

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