In this newsletter you'll learn who'll be the new Director of our Journalism Programmes and how to join the next launch events for the Digital News Report 2022. You'll also find the video (and a summary) of the global launch last Wednesday, links to join our next launch events in New York and elsewhere as well as a chart and a podcast episode on one of the key chapters of the report. 

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Mitali Mukherjee will be the new Director of the Reuters Institute's Journalist Programmes 

The news. We are thrilled to announce that Indian journalist Mitali Mukherjee has been appointed as the new Director of Journalist Programmes of the Reuters Institute. As part of her job, she will oversee our signature Journalist Fellowship Programme and other initiatives. Sheโ€™ll be taking up her post on 1 September.

๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ Her profile. Mitali is a political economy journalist with more than two decades of experience in TV, print and digital journalism. She was a Chevening fellow for the South Asia Journalism Fellowship 2020 and she's been nominated for the prestigious Red Ink Awards in India for two of her business stories. Over the course  of her career, she's worked for The Wire, Mint, CNBC TV 18, TV Today and Doordarshan.

๐Ÿ’ฌ A quote from our Director. "Climate. Economic inequality. Diversity, equity, and inclusion. These are some of the defining issues of our time, and Mitali has worked on all of them. She will bring to the Institute her deep experience as a journalist, editor, and anchor from across print, television, and digital media in India, as well as a strong international outlook. We are all looking forward to working with her as she joins us as a colleague, as a member of our leadership team, and as a representative for everything we do at the institute," says Rasmus Nielsen.

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How young people get their news 

The topic. One of the chapters of this year's Digital News Report explores how young peopleโ€™s news habits and attitudes have changed amid rising concerns about news distrust and news avoidance, increasing public attention to social issues such as climate change and social justice, and the growth of newer platforms such as TikTok and Telegram. The chapter, authored by Kirsten Eddy, is based on survey data and on conversations with 72 young people (aged 18โ€“30) in Brazil, the UK, and the US.

๐Ÿ‘ Social media. Visual platforms such as Instagram, YouTube and TikTok are increasingly popular among people under 25, who are shifting their attention away from Facebook (or never really start using it). YouTube is more widely used in Eastern Europe, Asia-Pacific and Latin America. The use of TikTok for news has increased fivefold among 18โ€“24s across all markets over just three years, from 3% in 2020 to 15% in 2022.

๐Ÿค“ Read or watch? The popularity of online video does not mean text- and audio-based formats donโ€™t have a big role to play in young peopleโ€™s news habits. People under 35 still largely say they prefer to mostly read (58%) rather than mostly watch it (15%). According to our qualitative research, they like reading especially when looking for live updates or when keeping up with what is happening on a โ€˜need to knowโ€™ basis.

๐Ÿ™ˆ Avoiding the news. Across all markets, 40% of people under 35 often or sometimes avoid the news. Why? Many say that the news has a negative effect on their mood (34%) and that there is too much news coverage of politics or COVID-19 (39%). As the chart shows, young people are less likely to be interested in traditional beats like politics and crime. Instead, they are more likely to be interested in softer news topics: entertainment (33%), culture (37%), and education (34%).

Read the chapter

"All age groups see the news as equally important for learning new things. But we do see that our younger groups are slightly more motivated than older groups by how entertaining the news is and how shareable it is."

Dr. Kirsten Eddy
Co-author of the report
Audio and transcript here
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Explore Digital News Report 2022

๐Ÿ”— Read the executive summary of the report. | By Nic Newman
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Media coverage of Ukraine. | By Kirsten Eddy and Richard Fletcher 
๐Ÿคฌ Have news audiences become more polarised? | By Richard Fletcher
๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐ŸŽ“ How young people get their news. | By Kirsten Eddy
๐Ÿ“ฌ The role of email news. | By Nic Newman
๐ŸŒช How people get their climate news. | By Craig T. Robertson 
๐Ÿ•บ๐Ÿป Which journalists people pay most attention to and why. | By Craig T. Robertson and Nic Newman

๐Ÿ“ˆ Explore data from your country. Figures from 46 markets
๐Ÿ“„ Download the PDF version and read it on your tablet 
๐Ÿ“Š Check out our interactive. Explore our data and build your own charts
๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ”ฌ Learn about our methodology. How we produce the report

๐ŸŽ™ Listen to our podcast series on the report 
๐ŸŽฅ Watch a video summary. Explore the key findings in 2 minutes
๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿพโ€๐Ÿ’ป Explore the report in 232 slides. A presentation to use in your class


Articles: ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ NiemanLab on declining news use. | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Frankfurter Allgemeine on the data from Germany. | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Poynter on news subscriptions. | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง BBC News on news avoidance. | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ El Paรญs on younger audiences. | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท A short podcast from Radio France. | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Irish Examiner on the rise of smartphones. | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ El Economista on Mexican news organisations. | ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ News 24 on trust in news. | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ The Fix on subscriptions trends. | ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Damian Radcliffe on e-commerce. | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ Newslaundry on publishing less. | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Linkiesta on news avoidance. | ๐ŸŒŽ LatAm Journalism Review on the Americas findings. | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น Pรบblico on Portugal and social media. | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ช An interview with La Repรบblica.

Twitter threads: Sophia Smith Galer | Diego Salazar | Robin Kwong | Fergus BellDavid Tvrdon


๐Ÿ“ Our global launch. โ€œCOVID-19 taught us that when it comes to news that is important for your life, then it becomes news that you need, not just news that you want,โ€ said Reuters editor Alessandra Galloni at the launch event of the Digital News Report. She discussed the findings along with Krishnan Guru-Murthy from Channel 4 News, Alison Phillips from the Daily Mirror and Ros Atkins from the BBC. | Read our summary of the event

๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿพโ€๐Ÿ’ป Join our online events: ๐ŸŒ Asia: Thursday 23 June. 8:30 UK time. Sign up now | Latin America: Tuesday 28 June. 16:00 UK time. Sign up now | ๐ŸŒ Africa: Wednesday 29 June. 11:00 UK time. Sign up now

๐Ÿ—ฝ And if are in New York... sign up for our in-person event in Midtown Manhattan in this link. Our Director Rasmus Nielsen will present the findings and chair a discussion with Monica Drake from the New York Times, Arlyn Gajilan from Reuters, Melissa Bell from Vox Media and Olivia Ma from the Google News Initiative. There's limited space, so hurry up and register now. | Sign up for the event


โœŠ๐Ÿฟ The cost of courage. "Trust in news is about much more than the factual accuracy and the trustworthiness of an outletโ€™s journalism. It is also about how that work is interpreted in the light of domestic politics and peopleโ€™s partisan sympathies." Our Director Rasmus Nielsen in this piece explains what lower levels of trust in independent digital news outlets such as Rappler, 444, The Wire or Animal Polรญtico actually reflect. | More here


โš–๏ธ A legal victory. British journalist Carole Cadwalladr won a libel case brought against her by pro-Brexit businessman Arron Banks over a claim she had made about his relationship with the Russian government. While defending her case, Cadwalladr faced widespread online abuse. โ€œIt has been a long, brutal haul and the stress over the three years has been extreme,โ€ Cadwalladr writes. | The Guardian

๐Ÿ•ฏ๏ธA tragedy in the Amazon. Human remains found in the Amazon rainforest have been identified as belonging to British journalist Dom Phillips and indigenous advocate Bruno Pereira. They went missing in Brazil during a reporting trip and are believed to have been murdered. Advocating for the environment is becoming dangerous in a country where the government has facilitated eroding indigenous rights in favour of resource extraction, Andrew Downie writes. | The Guardian

๐Ÿ•ฏ๏ธAn investigation. The bullet that killed celebrated Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh โ€œwas fired from the approximate position of an Isreaeli military vehicle,โ€ a New York Times investigation found. Reports by several other outlets also concluded the Israeli military probably killed her. Read the piece by Raja Abdulrahim, Patrick Kingsley, Christiaan Triebert and our former Journalist Fellow Hiba Yazbek. | The New York Times

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Extradition. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assangeโ€™s extradition to the US has been approved after a decade-long saga that included seven years spent by Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. โ€œMr Assange's legal team claimed classified documents published by Wikileaks, which related to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, exposed US wrongdoing and were in the public interest,โ€ Dominic Casciani writes. | BBC News

๐Ÿ“‘ A report. YouTube is used to spread harmful content including hate speech, a report by the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights found. โ€œA troubling amount of extremist content remains available for users who search for it,โ€ authors Paul M. Barrett and Justin Hendrix write. | NYU Stern 

๐Ÿงณ World Refugee Day. On 20 June Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza has published a print edition entirely written by refugees living in Poland to commemorate World Refugee Day. The authors hail from Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, Chechnya, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Tajikistan, Eritrea and Burma. | Link via Bartosz T. Wieliล„ski

  • Gazeta Wyborcza also published a special issue entirely in Ukrainian for refugees crossing the border into Poland in the first weeks of the Russian invasion. Its parent company partnered with Ukrainian daily Expres to launch a Ukrainian-language news website, Ukrayina.pl. Read this piece by Marina Adami about how European news outlets cater to Ukrainian refugees. | Reuters Institute

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