Digital News Report 2021, out on 23 June
The Digital News Report 2021 was published on Wednesday 23 June. The report is the most comprehensive piece of research on news consumption worldwide. It is based on more than 92,000 respondents with online news users from 46 markets representing more than half of the world's population. This year's report includes six new countries: India, Indonesia, Thailand, Nigeria, Colombia and Peru.
The report examines how the coronavirus pandemic is transforming the news industry, how news audiences gauge crucial issues such as the debate around impartiality, and the rise of more visual social networks like TikTok and Instagram. It also explores the rise of reader revenue models, the role of trust and misinformation, and the way female, younger and more partisan audiences perceive how the news media cover them.
In the coming weeks we will delve into what the findings mean for different news markets through a series of online launch events focusing on Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, India, Latin America and the USA. Each event will feature an overview of the key findings and an expert panel discussion with journalists from these regions.
We are delighted to welcome esteemed figures in journalism to share their thoughts on the report and the state of the news media more broadly, including FT Editor Roula Khalaf (UK), Mail & Guardian's Editor-in-Chief Ron Derby (South Africa) and of Malaysiakini's CEO and founder Premesh Chandran (Malaysia). We will also hear from the Wall Street Journal's Chief Product & Tech Officer Louise Story (USA), Scroll.in's Editor-in-Chief Supriya Sharma (India), Salud con Lupa's Editor-in-Chief Fabiola Torres (Peru) and many others.
The Digital News Report is published on a revamped microsite as well as in PDF, along with slide-packs, charts, a podcast series, a video summary and other resources with a licence that encourages reuse. For the first time, a Spanish translation will be available a few days after the launch, thanks to the support of Fundación Gabo.
Sponsors of this year’s report include Google News Initiative, BBC News, Ofcom, Edelman UK, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI), the Media Industry Research Foundation of Finland, the Fritt Ord Foundation in Norway, the Dutch Media Authority (CvdM), the Korea Press Foundation, the Open Society Foundations as well as our academic sponsors at the Leibniz Institute for Media Research/Hans Bredow Institute, Hamburg, the University of Navarra in Spain, the University of Canberra, the Centre d’études sur les médias, Quebec, Canada, and Roskilde University in Denmark.