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Key findings


Mobiles and tablets

  • The use of smartphones and tablets has jumped significantly in the past year, with fewer people using their computers for news.
  • More than a third of online news users across all countries (39%) use two or more digital devices each week for news and a fifth (20%) now say their mobile phone is their primary access point
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New disruption

  • US social sharing news sites like Huffington Post and Buzzfeed are beginning to make inroads around the world, with new formats and a fresh tone of voice aimed at younger people.
  • Even so, traditional brands remain strong in most markets, with cross-platform newspaper reach averaging 75% in most countries.
  • Read more on brand performance

Paying for news

  • The number of people paying for digital news (11% average) has remained stable over the past 12 months, although we have seen a significant switch to more valuable ongoing digital subscription in most countries.
  • Of those paying for news in all countries, 59% are paying for an ongoing subscription (43% 2013). Of those who are not paying, 15% say they are likely to pay in the future
  • Read more on online news payment
  • Our new (and unique) social media index for news shows Facebook is by far the most important network for news everywhere.
  • Although Twitter is widely used in the US, Spain, and the UK, it is far less influential in many other European countries. Google+ is emerging as increasingly important for news, along with messaging application WhatsApp.
  • Read more on social networks


Comment & analysis

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The Reuters Institute Digital News Report aims to deliver useful and timely data about the transition to digital. Read more about our annual survey ...

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Survey Methodology

The polling was conducted by YouGov in February 2014 using online samples in ten countries. Find out more about the methods involved.

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