This year's report reveals new insights about digital news consumption based on a YouGov survey of over 92,000 online news consumers in 46 markets including India, Indonesia, Thailand, Nigeria, Colombia and Peru for the first time.
The report looks at the impact of coronavirus on news consumption and on the economic prospects for publishers. It looks at progress on new paid online business models, trust and misinformation, local news, impartiality and fairness in news coverage. | Start reading
Read the executive summary
The pandemic has shown the value of accurate and reliable information at a time when lives are at stake, writes lead author Nic Newman.
Perceptions of fair news coverage among different groups
By Richard Fletcher
Impartiality unpacked – a study of four countries
By Craig T. Robertson
Local news unbundled – where audience value still lies
By Anne Schulz
How do people think about the financing of the commercial news media?
By Richard Fletcher and Rasmus Nielsen
How and why do consumers access news on social media?
By Simge Andı
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Highlights from countries
India. 73% of our respondents access news through smartphones. Social media access is high with 53% using WhatsApp and YouTube for news.
Indonesia. Trust in the news is relatively low with 39% saying that they trust the news in general. 37% say they trust the news on search engines and 31% trust the news on social media.
Colombia. Facebook (67%) and WhatsApp (45%) are the two leading platforms where Colombians say they use to find, consume and share news.
Nigeria. 84% of our respondents say they use smartphones to access news, while only 41% say the same for computers, 11% for tablets.
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Explore the data behind the 2021 report
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Explore the methodology of the 2021 report
Research was conducted by YouGov (and their partners) using an online questionnaire at the end of January/beginning of February 2021.
Country reports in national languages
AUSTRIA: Digital News Report Network Austria | AUSTRALIA: News and Media Research Centre, University of Canberra | BELGIUM: SMIT, Vrije Universiteit Brussel | CANADA: Centre d'études sur les médias | CROATIA: University of Zagreb | GERMANY: Leibniz-Institut für Medienforschung | NETHERLANDS: Commissariaat voor de Media | PORTUGAL: Observatório da Comunicação | SPAIN: Center for Internet Studies and Digital Life, Universidad de Navarra
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