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Private messaging and groups

Private messaging apps and Facebook groups are becoming a more important way to share discuss news. WhatsApp is being used heavily for news in countries like Brazil (53%) and South Africa (49%), making these countries potentially more vulnerable to the spread of misinformation.

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Paying for news

16% now pay for online news in the United States, 27% (+1pp) in Sweden and 34% (+4pp) in Norway but these countries remain the exception. More publishers are putting up paywalls but most consumers remain reluctant to pay

Read more on News Payment and the Limits of Subscription?

Impact of populism on media

Our report finds that the highest levels of populism are in Eastern and Southern Europe, but how is the phenomenon affecting media use?

Read more about populism and explore its effect on media systems

More than a third of our combined sample (36%) say they have consumed at least one podcast over the last month but this rises to half (50%) for those under 35. The mobile phone is the most used device (55%) for podcast listening. We explore the demographics and motivations for use

Read more about who is listening to podcasts and why ...


Comment & analysis

About us

2019 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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You can view or download a Powerpoint presentation of all of the charts and tables in the 2019 report.

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