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The Digital News Project is an ongoing research project tracking and analysing changes in news consumption and the media industry worldwide. It also provides significant support for the annual Reuters Institute Digital News Report (supported by a total of 15 different funders). The project is funded with a grant from the Google News Initiative.

Project research

The Digital News Report is the world’s largest international comparative survey of the major trends in digital news consumption and is widely used by industry, analysts, and researchers across the world. It is supported by many different funders, all listed here.

The Digital News Report 2020 surveyed over 80,000 digital news users in 40 countries across Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas and Oceania. Its market coverage has grown annually. Data from the Digital News Report is made available to industry professionals and other academic researchers worldwide.

In addition to being a significant part of the support for the Digital News Report, the Digital News Project also produce a number of other publications every year on a variety of different issues facing journalism and the news media industry:

Project team

The Digital News Project involves staff from across the Reuters Institute. These are the core members of the team:

  • Rasmus Nielsen, Director of the Reuters Institute and Professor of Political Communication at the University of Oxford
  • Richard Fletcher, Senior Research Fellow and Team Leader of the Research Team at the Reuters Institute
  • Nic Newman, Senior Research Associate at the Reuters Institute
  • Simge Andı, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Reuters Institute
  • Sílvia Majó-VázquezPostdoctoral Research Fellow at the Reuters Institute
  • Craig T. Robertson, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Reuters Institute
  • Anne Schulz, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Reuters Institute
  • Becca Edwards, Digital News Programme Manager at the Reuters Institute

The Digital News Project is sponsored by the Google News Initiative. Google was one of the funders of the Digital News Report in 2013 and 2014, and in 2015 agreed to support the wider Digital News Project, initially for three years. The Digital News Project was extended in 2018 for two years, and again in 2020 for another three years.

The Digital News Report is supported by many other partners around the world, totalling 14 in 2019. They are included in our funders’ page.  

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