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Reuters Institute Digital News Report

Reuters Institute Digital News Report

How the population or – respectively - various groups within it, is altering its consumption of news and what role the various technical platforms and news services play in that process, are central questions posed in the Reuters Institute Digital News Survey, which the Oxford-based Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism has been conducted annually since 2012.

The 2022 study was conducted simultaneously in the following countries under the coordination of the Oxford (UK) based Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism: Argentina1, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil1, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile1, Columbia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece1, Hong Kong, Hungary, India1, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya1, Malaysia1, Mexico[1], the Netherlands, Nigeria1, Norway, Peru, the Philippines1, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa1, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey1, the United Kingdom and the United States. About 2,000 people per country were interviewed in 2022.

[1]     Limited representativeness of the sample.

About 2,000 people per country were interviewed in 2022. In the tenth repetition, the study is based on a total of 93,432 respondents from 46 countries on six continents.
The fieldwork was carried out by the polling institute YouGov between 14 January and 10 February 2022, prior to the start of Russia's war against the Ukraine.
Since 2013, the Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut has been the collaborating partner responsible for the German contribution. In 2022, the survey was funded by the State Media Authorities and the Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF).

The findings of each year for Germany are documented in the series “Working Papers of the HBI” (as PDF available for download).

The international and the German report 2022 were published in London on 15 June 2022.
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Project Description

The current media landscape, along with traditional media, is shaped by a number of stationary and mobile devices which enable users to access information anywhere at any given time. The available content and formats are as diverse as the providers themselves. Since 2012, the Reuters Institute Digital News Survey has analysed the effects of these developments on the information-oriented media use of society. The following questions are paramount: What is the significance of individual end devices, providers and news formats? How is news searched for and found? Is the willingness to pay for news online changing?

Since 2012, the Reuters Institute Digital News Survey has been analysing general trends and national particularities in news usage by means of representative surveys in 38 countries. What types of news are of interest? What equipment and methods are used to find it? What providers are trusted and what are people's views on financing journalism?
As in previous years, the survey in Germany in 2019 was supported by the state media authorities and the Second German Television (ZDF).

Findings from Previous Years


The international and the German report 2021 were published in London on 23 June 2021.


The international as well as the German Report 2020 were published on 16 June 2020. 

The surveys in Germany were conducted between 17 and 30 January 2020 by the survey institute YouGov prior to the COVID19 pandemic. In a separate study, the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism conducted a supplementary survey on specific news usage under COVID-19 conditions. The findings of this survey are presented in several parts of the German report.


The international as well as the German Report 20191 were published on 12 June 2019 in London and Athens. 
On the occasion of the publication of a special analysis by the Reuters Institute, a controversy broke out in September 2019 over the alleged statement that the political centre no longer looks "heute [today]" and "Tagesschau." This was published by the magazine ÜBERMEDIEN on 18 September 2019 under the title "Linke Programme für ein linkes Publikum? Was die Reuters-Studie wirklich zeigt" [Left-Wing Programmes for a Left-Wing Audience? What the Reuters Study Really Shows"].
Also in the magazine ÜBERMEDIEN the article  "So links ist das Publikum von „Tagesschau“ und „heute“ wirklich" ["That's How Left-Wing the Audience of "Tagesschau" and "heute" Really Is"] was published on 26 November 2019. It is based on a statement that Prof. Dr. Uwe Hasebrink and Dr. Sascha Hölig, the authors of the German part of the study, had made with regard to "die Rolle öffentlich-rechtlicher Nachrichten beim Nachrichtenpublikum" [The Role of Public News Regarding the News Audience] (pdf) on 21 October 2019.


The international as well as the German report of 2018 was published on 14 June 2018 in London, New York and Berlin.

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Project Information


Duration: 2013-2024

Research programme:
RP1 - Transformation of Public Communication

Third party

die medienanstalten; Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen

Cooperation Partner

Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, Nic Newman, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism

Contact person

Dr. Sascha Hölig
Senior Researcher Media Use

Dr. Sascha Hölig

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