Explore the Report
- Overview & Key Findings
- Melissa Bell: Broken News?
- Further Analysis and Comparison
- Paying for News
- Analysis by Country
The report focuses on the issues of trust in the era of fake news, changing business models and the role of platforms.
More than half of all online users across the 36 countries (54%) say they use social media as a source of news each week but this ranges from 76% in Chile to 29% in Japan and Germany.
More than one in ten (14%) now say social media is their main source
Only a quarter (24%) of survey respondents think social media does a good job in separating fact from fiction, compared to 40% for the news media.
In countries like the US (20%/38%), and the UK (18%/41%), people are twice as likely to have faith in the news media
Ad blocking has stopped growing and is still largely confined to desktop. Across all countries 24% use them regularly, 7% on mobile.
Almost half (43%) of those had agreed to temporarily turn off their ad-blocker for particular news sites in the last year.
There has been a surge in the numbers prepared to pay for online news in the United States, growing from 9% to 16% along with a tripling of news donations.
Most of the new payments have come from the young (u35s) and those on the political left with almost a third saying they want to ‘help fund journalism’
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You can view or download a Powerpoint presentation of all of the charts and tables in the 2017 report.
This year's data shows a unprecedented levels of disruption to business models and growing consumer rejection of online advertising.Digital News Report 2016
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