Influence of brown envelope syndrome on journalism Practice in ebonyi state
Keywords:Brown envelope syndrome, influence, Journalism, Practice, Ebonyi State
The study examines the influence brown envelope has on practicing journalists in Ebonyi State. The objectives of the study among others are to ascertain the level of knowledge of journalists on brown envelope syndrome, to ascertain the areas brown envelope syndrome are made manifest in the profession. The study was guided by two theories, the Social Responsibility Theory of the Press and the Cognitive Moral Development Theory. The study used Survey Research method. Two hundred and ninety-six copies of questionnaire were administered to registered journalists who were purposively selected in Ebonyi State. The findings of the study reveal that majority of the journalists are aware that brown envelope exists in the profession and it has become a common practice in the profession among others. Based on the findings, the study recommended that since majority of the journalists are aware of brown envelope syndrome, media bodies should be serious in maintaining ethics in the industry. The National Union of Journalists and other professional bodies should ensure that there is real unionism in the profession by ensuring that journalists’ rights are not trampled upon. Also, there should besound education and professional training of journalists in order to achieve true professionalism and curb brown envelope syndrome.