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This year’s report reveals new insights about digital news consumption based on a YouGov survey of over 75,000 online news consumers in 38 countries including South Africa for the first time.

The report focuses on the progress on new paid online business models, trust and misinformation, the impact of populism, the shift to private messaging apps, and the rise of podcasts.

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Key findings

Private messaging and groups

Private messaging apps and Facebook groups are becoming a more important way to share discuss news. WhatsApp is being used heavily for news in countries like Brazil (53%) and South Africa (49%), making these countries potentially more vulnerable to the spread of misinformation.

Read more about Groups and Private Networks

Paying for news

16% now pay for online news in the United States, 27% (+1pp) in Sweden and 34% (+4pp) in Norway but these countries remain the exception. More publishers are putting up paywalls but most consumers remain reluctant to pay

Read more on News Payment and the Limits of Subscription?

Impact of populism on media

Our report finds that the highest levels of populism are in Eastern and Southern Europe, but how is the phenomenon affecting media use?

Read more about populism and explore its effect on media systems

Rise of podcasts

More than a third of our combined sample (36%) say they have consumed at least one podcast over the last month but this rises to half (50%) for those under 35. The mobile phone is the most used device (55%) for podcast listening. We explore the demographics and motivations for use

Read more about who is listening to podcasts and why …


Explore the data behind the report

Explore the 2019 data and build your own charts. Compare dimensions and data types between or within countries

Previous Reports

This report find that the of social media for news has started to fall in a number of key markets after years of continuous growth.

Digital News Report 2018

This report casts new light on prevailing narratives about trust, fake news, failing business models and the power of platforms.

Digital News Report 2017

This year’s data shows a unprecedented levels of disruption to business models and growing consumer rejection of online advertising.

Digital News Report 2016

This year’s data shows a quickening of the pace towards social and mobile news along with a rise in online video consumption

Digital News Report 2015

The use of smartphones and tablets has jumped significantly in the past year, with fewer people using their computers for news

Digital News Report 2014

Those paying for online news doubles in many countries – albeit from a low base

Digital News Report 2013

UK shows the most interest in celebrity news, least interest in political news

Digital News Report 2012


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