News reaches us through many sources and on many devices. The annual study of the Reuters Institute (Oxford) and the Hans-Bredow-Institut about changing news consumption shows 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 which role the various technical platforms and news services play in that process, are central questions posed in the Reuters Institute Digital News Survey.
The survey was conducted in 2012 for the first time by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, located in Oxford.
In 2018, participants were simultaneously questioned in Argentinien, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brasil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finnland, France, Germany, Greece, Hongkong, Irland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexiko, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Rumania, Sweden, Switzerland, Singapur, Slowakia, Spain, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, Ungary, the UK and in den USA. In this way, the study is able to not only identify general trends, but also national characteristics.
Since 2013, the 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 Hans-Bredow-Institut” [Arbeitspapiere des Hans-Bredow-Instituts].