At a time when issues of globalisation and the mediating impact of the media as both catalyst and facilitator of an information-driven and knowledge-based post industrial society are fast assuming political and social relevance, it is imperative to adequately x-ray the inter-relationship between the media on the one hand, and governance and development on the other. This collection of essays offers different perspectives on the role of the mass media in these two important areas ? governance and development. This should not surprise the reader, considering the current social conditions and preoccupation of Nigerians after years of military rule. Drawing insights from the various theoretical and methodological traditions in mass communication scholarship, the essays offer fresh perspectives on developments in the Nigerian media industry. Most of the essays recognise the symbiotic relationship between the media and the Nigerian state and society. The book as a whole offers a comprehensive and accessible collection to students and researchers of media and communication studies.