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Post at: Aug 06 2021

Reuters Digital News Report, 2021

Recent Context

  • On June 23, 2021 the 10th edition of the Reuters Digital News Report 2021 was virtually published.
  • It is based on 6 continents and 46 markets representing more than half of the world’s population.
  • This year’s report includes 6 new countries- India, Indonesia, Thailand, Nigeria, Columbia and Peru.
  • The report is published by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ).

About the Digital News Report, 2021

  • It is the most comprehensive global analysis of news consumption trends.
  • Its first edition was launched in 2012.
  • It reveals new insights about digital news consumption based on a representative survey of online news consumers.


Key Findings of the Report

  • Trust in the news has grown, on average, by six percentage points in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic- with 44% of total sampling saying they trust most news most of the time.
  • This reverses, to some extent, recent falls in average trust bringing levels back to those of 2018.
  • Finland, remains the country with the highest level of overall trust (65%) and the USA has the lowest level (29%) of overall trust.
  • Television news has continued to perform strongly in some countries, but newspaers have been seen a further sharp decline almost everywhere due to lockdowns.
  • Global concern about false and misleading information have edged slightly higher, this year, ranging from 82% in Brazil to just 37% in Germany.
  • Facebook is seen as the main channel for spreading false information almost everywhere but WhatsApp are seen as a bigger problem in parts of the Global South such as Brazil and Indonesia.
  • The use of smartphone for news (73%) has grown at its fastest rate for many years.

Status of India

  • India ranked 31 out of 46 countries on levels of overall trust in news.
  • Only 38% of the respondent from India said they trust news overall.
  • The survey shows India is one of the strongest mobile focused markets, with 73% of the respondents using smartphone to access news and just 37% via computer.
  • Overall 82% of the respondents said they source news online, including social media (Whatsapp & Youtube).
  • Print media and government broadcasters score high on trust level.
  • The Asian College of Journalism (ACJ) in Chennai collaborated with the Reuters Institute for the study of Journalism (RISJ) at the University of Oxford on the report.
  • The ACJ provided support in identifying news brands and other specific details relevant for the Indian market in the survey.

About RISJ

  • The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ) is dedicated to exploring the future of journalism worldwide through debate, engagement and research.
  • It is based in 13 Norham Gardens, Oxford (U.K.).
  • The Institute hosts journalists from all over the world connects them with professional peers and leading academics from a wide range of different fields and publishing new and interesting work.

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