Reuters Institute of Digital News and Reporting released its Global Digital News Report 2014 (based on a survey conducted by YouGov) and a number of interesting trends are revealed that show just how much the news industry has changed in a few short years.
Computer, Mobile, or Tablet?
According to the report, 37% of consumers access news from a smartphone each week, and 20% access news from a tablet each week. Consumers from 10 countries participated in the study: the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Denmark, Finland, Spain, Italy, Brazil, and Japan. The main source of digital news for consumers in each of these countries is shown in the chart below.
Main Source of Digital News for Consumers Who Use Devices to Access News
The study also found that smartphones encourage people to use fewer news sources. However, only 11% of survey respondents around the world had paid for online news in the past year. Furthermore, the vast majority of digital news consumers are not prepared to pay to access online news in the future as the chart below shows:
% of Respondents Who Have Not Paid for Online Content in the Last Year Who Are Prepared to Pay for Online News in the Future