News reaches us through many sources and on many devices. The annual study of the Reuters Institute (Oxford) about changing news consumption and the findings for Germany, carried out by the Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut, show international trends and developments.
Technical devices and services available for consuming news continue to differentiate further. At the same time, the various options for consuming news are converging, as different types of service can be used on one single device. The technical and content-related base for information transfer within a society and opinion formation are hence changing considerably.
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.
In 2019, participants were simultaneously questioned in Argentinien, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brasil (urban regions), Bulgaria (urban regions), Canada, Chile, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finnland, France, Germany, Greece, Hongkong, Hungary, Irland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia (urban regions), Mexico (urban regions), the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland, Singapore, Slowakia, Spain, South Africa (urban regions), South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey (urban regions), the UK and the USA. Around 2,000 people per country were interviewed in 2019. Overall, the 2019 study is based on 75,749 respondents from 38 countries. The fieldwork was conducted between 17 January and 27 January 2017 by the YouGov survey institute.
Since 2013, the Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut has been the collaborating partner responsible for the German contribution. The findings of each year for Germany are documented in the series “Working Papers of the HBI
” [Arbeitspapiere des Hans-Bredow-Instituts].
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"].