Authorship and Research Acknowledgements for the 2016 Digital News Report

Dr David A. L. Levy is Director of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism and an expert in media policy and regulation. He previously worked at the BBC both as a news and current affairs producer, reporter, and editor, and later as Controller Public Policy. He is the author of Europe’s Digital Revolution: Broadcasting Regulation, the EU and the Nation State (Routledge, 1999/2001), and joint author or editor of several RISJ publications.

Nic Newman is a journalist and digital strategist who played a key role in shaping the BBC’s internet services over more than a decade. He was a founding member of the BBC News Website, leading international coverage as World Editor (1997–2001). As Head of Product Development he led digital teams, developing websites, mobile, and interactive TV applications for all BBC Journalism sites. Nic is currently a Research Associate at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. He is also a consultant on digital media, working actively with news companies on product, audience, and business strategies for digital transition.

Dr Richard Fletcher is a Research Fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. He is primarily interested in global trends in digital news consumption. In 2015 he authored a supplementary Digital News Report (published by RISJ) on digital news consumption in Poland, Austria, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Portugal, and Turkey. Richard’s original undergraduate and employment background was in computer science. Since then he has completed an MSc in Science, Medicine, Technology and Society from Imperial College London and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Surrey.

Dr Rasmus Kleis Nielsen is Director of Research at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism and Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Press/Politics. His work focuses on changes in the news media, political communication, and the role of digital technologies in both. He has done extensive research on journalism, American politics, and various forms of activism, and a significant amount of comparative work in Western Europe and beyond. Recent books include The Changing Business of Journalism and its Implications for Democracy (2010, edited with David Levy), Ground Wars: Personalized Communication in Political Campaigns (2012), and Political Journalism in Transition: Western Europe in a Comparative Perspective (2014, edited with Raymond Kuhn).

Country-level commentary and additional insight around media developments has been provided by academic partners and by our network of Reuters Journalist Fellows around the world.1 Authorship is referenced on the respective country page.

Additional expert analysis and interpretation of the survey data were provided by the team at YouGov, in particular, Charlotte Clifford, Paul Marshall, David Eastbury, Ema Globyte, Stephanie Frost, and Ash Strange.

  1. Reuters Fellowships offer an opportunity to mid-career journalists to spend time researching an aspect of journalism for one or more terms at the Institute in Oxford.