In this section you can learn more about ‘why’ we work with constructive journalism. Here we present to you the key facts that underline the need for new ways of doing journalism.
Reuters Digital News Report for 2020
The Reuters Institute launched its Digital News Report earlier this year. Though the report focuses less on the drivers of news avoidance than 2019 we noted these two findings
- In the January poll across countries, less than four in ten (38%) said they trust most news most of the time – a fall of four percentage points from 2019. Less than half (46%) said they trust the news they use themselves. Political polarisation linked to rising uncertainty seems to have undermined trust in public broadcasters in particular, which are losing support from political partisans from both the right and the left.
- As of April 2020, trust in the media’s coverage of COVID-19 was relatively high in all countries, at a similar level to national governments and significantly higher than for individual politicians. Media trust was more than twice the level for social networks, video platforms, or messaging services when it came to information about COVID-19
- 39% of respondents say the news media is often too negative
- 32% said they avoid the news often or sometimes.
- For those that avoid the news 48% say the reason is that “It can have a negative impact on my mood”
- 28% say “I don’t feel there is anything I can do about it”
Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, Director of Reuters Institute and Professor of Political Communication, University of Oxford
Go to Reuters Institute’s Reports
Digital News Report 2019 The world’s biggest ongoing news survey with 75,000 respondents across 40 countries and 6 continents. Reuters Institute’s 2019 report looks at how digital has disrupted news.
Digital News Report 2019 – South Africa Supplementary Report This stand-alone report on South Africa supplements the main Digital News Report and aims to go into greater detail with the data in ways that we hope will be useful for discussions of news and media as well as decision making in South Africa.
How Young People Consume News This Reuters report authored by Flamingo found that there is a disconnect between how news brands and young people view the role and value of news.