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The report suggests that publishers across the world are facing unprecedented levels of disruption to business models and formats from a combination of the rise of social platforms, the move to mobile and growing consumer rejection of online advertising.
Half of our sample (51%) say they use social media as a source of news each week. Around one in ten (12%) say it is their main source. Facebook is by far the most important network for news.
More than a quarter of 18–24s say social media (28%) are their main source of news – more than television (24%) for the first time.Read more on how people discover news online
Business problems for many publishers have worsened with the rise of ad-blocking, which is running at between 10% (Japan) and 38% (Poland) but higher amongst under-35s and people who use news the most.
Only around 8% of smartphone users currently use an ad-blocker but around a third of respondents say they plan to install one on their mobile in the next year.Read more on ad blocking in overview section
Most consumers are still reluctant to pay for general news online, particularly in the highly competitive English-speaking world (9% average), but in some smaller countries, protected by language, people are twice as likely to pay.
Average payments tend to be highest in the UK, the US, Australia, and in the Nordic countries – where ongoing subscriptions are common.Read more on paying for news
Trust in news is highest in Finland (65%) and lowest in Greece (20%). Almost everywhere, editors and journalists are trusted less than news organisations.
We find strong concerns that personalised news and more algorithmic selection of news will mean missing out on important information or challenging viewpoints.Read more on trust
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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 ...
You can view or download a Powerpoint presentation of all of the charts and tables in the 2016 report.
This year's data shows a quickening of the pace towards social and mobile news along with a rise in online video consumptionDigital News Report 2015
The use of smartphones and tablets has jumped significantly in the past year, with fewer people using their computers for newsDigital News Report 2014
Those paying for online news doubles in many countries - albeit from a low baseDigital News Report 2013
UK shows the most interest in celebrity news, least interest in political newsDigital News Report 2012
Comment & analysis
The Future for News Brands in an Increasingly Distributed and Fragmented World
The rise of connected devices has fuelled increased access to the news via distributed environments, such as aggregators and social media. And yet, as…
The Challenging New Economics of Journalism
Mark Thompson, CEO of the New York Times warns that ‘winter really is coming’ for many of the world’s news publishers.
Why Trust Matters
People Want Personalised Recommendations (Even as They Worry about the Consequences)
The Topography of Trust: Views from UK News Consumers
The Public and News about the Environment