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The Digital News Report 2016

Monday 27 June 2016, by SIGNIS

Oxford, June, 27th, 2016 (RISJ). The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ) published its annual Digital News Report 2016. This report gives new insights about digital news consumption based on a YouGov survey of over 50,000 online news consumers in 26 countries. 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.

Find below some of the main findings. To read the whole report, click here.

In the report, it is found that 51% of the people surveyed say they use social media as a source of news each week. Around 12% say it is their main source.
Social media are significantly more important for women and for the young: more than 25% of 18–24s say social media are their main source of news – more than television (24%) for the first time.

Without surprise, Facebook is the most used social platforms for news, with 44%, followed by YouTube (19 %), Twitter (10 %) and WhatsApp (8 %).

78% of the young people declared that they rather use text to get news instead of video.

Trust in news is highest in Finland (65%) and lowest in Greece (20%). Almost everywhere, editors and journalists are trusted less than news organisations.

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