Reuters Institute Digital News Survey

Technical devices, together with the services available for consuming news, are continuing to differentiate themselves; at the same time the various options for consuming news are converging, as quite different types of service can be used with one single device. The technical and content-related base for social information and the formation of opinion are hence changing considerably. Accordingly, there is a greater need for research on the way the population, or respectively, various groups within it, is altering its consumption of news and into what role the various technical platforms and news services are playing in that process.

These questions are central to the Reuters Institute Digital News Survey, conducted for the first time in 2012 by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism located in Oxford. The enquiry was carried out simultaneously in the United Kingdom, Brazil, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain and in the USA, in order to be able to discern general trends but also national peculiarities. Since 2013, the Hans-Bredow-Institut has beenthe collaborating partner responsible for the German contribution, as supported by the media authorities.

The study’s core areas are:

  • a current assessment of news consumption covering all potential platforms and services;

  • observing changes over time and

  • a comparison between the various countries.

The results of the study can be downloaded from the Institute’s website and from

Contact person

Prof. Dr. Uwe Hasebrink

Rothenbaumchaussee 36
20148 Hamburg

Tel. +49 40 450217-81
Fax +49 40 45 02 17-99


Co-operation partners

David Levy, Nic Newman, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism


The media authorities [die medienanstalten]

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