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Reuters Institute Digital News Report

Reuters Institute Digital News Report

Technical devices and services available for consuming news continue to differentiate further. At the same time, the various options for consuming news are converging, as different types of service can be used on one single device. The technical and content-related base for information transfer within a society and opinion formation are hence changing considerably.

How the population or – respectively - various groups within it, is altering its consumption of news and what role the various technical platforms and news services play in that process, are central questions posed in the Reuters Institute Digital News Survey, which the Oxford-based Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism has been conducted annually since 2012.

The 2020 study was carried out simultaneously in the following countries under the coordination of the Oxford (UK) based Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, United Kingdom and the United States. Around 2,000 people were interviewed in each country in 2020. In total, the study is based on 80,155 respondents from 40 countries on six continents in its eighth repetition. The fieldwork in all countries was conducted between mid-January and the end of February 2020 by the YouGov survey institute.

Since 2013, the Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut has been the collaborating partner responsible for the German contribution. The findings of each year for Germany are documented in the series “Working Papers of the HBI” [Arbeitspapiere des Hans-Bredow-Instituts].

The international as well as the German Report 2020 were published on 16 June 2020.  The surveys in Germany were conducted between 17 and 30 January 2020 by the survey institute YouGov prior to the COVID19 pandemic. In a separate study, the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism conducted a supplementary survey on specific news usage under COVID-19 conditions. The findings of this survey are presented in several parts of the German report.
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Project Description

The current media landscape, along with traditional media, is shaped by a number of stationary and mobile devices which enable users to access information anywhere at any given time. The available content and formats are as diverse as the providers themselves. Since 2012, the Reuters Institute Digital News Survey has analysed the effects of these developments on the information-oriented media use of society. The following questions are paramount: What is the significance of individual end devices, providers and news formats? How is news searched for and found? Is the willingness to pay for news online changing?

 
Since 2012, the Reuters Institute Digital News Survey has been analysing general trends and national particularities in news usage by means of representative surveys in 38 countries. What types of news are of interest? What equipment and methods are used to find it? What providers are trusted and what are people's views on financing journalism?
 
As in previous years, the survey in Germany in 2019 was supported by the state media authorities and the Second German Television (ZDF).

Findings from Previous Years

2019

The international as well as the German Report 20191 were published on 12 June 2019 in London and Athens. 
On the occasion of the publication of a special analysis by the Reuters Institute, a controversy broke out in September 2019 over the alleged statement that the political centre no longer looks "heute [today]" and "Tagesschau." This was published by the magazine ÜBERMEDIEN on 18 September 2019 under the title "Linke Programme für ein linkes Publikum? Was die Reuters-Studie wirklich zeigt" [Left-Wing Programmes for a Left-Wing Audience? What the Reuters Study Really Shows"].
 
Also in the magazine ÜBERMEDIEN the article  "So links ist das Publikum von „Tagesschau“ und „heute“ wirklich" ["That's How Left-Wing the Audience of "Tagesschau" and "heute" Really Is"] was published on 26 November 2019. It is based on a statement that Prof. Dr. Uwe Hasebrink and Dr. Sascha Hölig, the authors of the German part of the study, had made with regard to "die Rolle öffentlich-rechtlicher Nachrichten beim Nachrichtenpublikum [The Role of Public News Regarding the News Audience" (pdf) on 21 October 2019.

2018

The international as well as the German report of 2018 was published on 14 June 2018 in London, New York and Berlin.

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Project Information

Overview

Duration: 2013-2021

Research programme:
RP1 - Transformation of Public Communication

Third party

die medienanstalten; Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen

Cooperation Partner

David Levy, Nic Newman, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism

Contact person

Dr. Sascha Hölig
Senior Researcher Media Use

Dr. Sascha Hölig

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