Principal researchers: Dr David Levy and Dr Rasmus Kleis Nielsen
Other researchers: Nic Newman and Dr Richard Fletcher
Funders: The Digital News Report is supported by 12 different sponsors across foundations, news organisations, media regulators and universities, including a large grant from Google’s Digital News Initiative.
‘The News’ has historically been the most important source of information about politics and public affairs. However, the ways in which people get their news are changing. The rise of digital media has had profound effects both for the ways in which people understand the world, as well as posing profound challenges for the industry built around providing news.
The Digital News Report started with 5 countries in 2012 and has since grown to cover 26 countries in 2016. It presents unique data which map trends in the production and consumption of digital news, and the differences between these trends internationally. The Reuters Institute Digital News Report is published annually, and has a dedicated website, digitalnewsreport.org, which makes the report, additional analysis and all underlying data available to all. The Reuters Institute Digital News Report has become a central reference point for evidence-based discussions of news and media developments across the countries covered, and is frequently the basis for both professional, industry, policymaker and academic discussions. The data is also used by the Reuters Institute and others to provide in depth academic analysis.
What are the implications of our changing news habits for the news industry for politics and for society?