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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 18 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.

The Digital News Report 2023 surveyed over 93,000 digital news users in 46 countries across Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas and Oceania. 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 produces a number of other publications every year on a variety of different issues facing journalism and the news media industry. These include:

Project team

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


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 and in 2020. In September 2023 it was extended again until August 2024.

The Digital News Report is supported by many other partners around the world, totalling 18 in 2023. They are included in our funders’ page.  

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