In this newsletter you'll find everything you need to know about the launch of this year's Digital News Report, our annual study of news consumption around the world. You'll also find a link to join our next seminar, two job openings, the latest episode of our podcast, and pieces on reader revenue and protecting freelancers in Ukraine. 

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Digital News Report 2022 will be published on 15 June 

The report. Have news audiences become more polarised over time? Are people avoiding the news on purpose amid the anxieties caused by the pandemic and the war in Ukraine? How do younger audiences get their news? These are some of the questions at the heart of the Reuters Institute’s Digital News Report 2022, the most comprehensive study of news consumption worldwide, based on a YouGov survey of over 93,000 online news consumers.

The launch date. We are thrilled to announce that this year's report will be published on Wednesday 15 June. The report, authored by Nic Newman, Richard Fletcher, Craig T. Robertson, Kirsten Eddy and Rasmus Nielsen, includes chapters on the role of email newsletters, the polarisation of news audiences, the perceptions of media coverage of Ukraine and climate change and how younger audiences get their news.

Our resources. As usual, the report will be published both on PDF and HTML along with slide-packs, a podcast series and other resources with a licence encouraging reuse. It will be fully translated again into Spanish, thanks to the support of our friends at Fundación Gabo. You can explore last year's report in this link


Save the dates. As part of the launch, we'll host six events with a focus on different continents and media markets. Each gathering will include a brief presentation of the key findings and a panel discussion with journalists, editors and media leaders from those regions. Our events will feature 24 external speakers from 14 different countries. 

🇬🇧 Our global launch event. Key findings presented by lead author Nic Newman. Panel discussion moderated by our Director Rasmus Nielsen with Alessandra Galloni from Reuters, Ros Atkins from the BBC, Alison Phillips from the Daily Mirror and Krishnan Guru-Murthy from Channel 4 News. | Weds. 15 June. 10:00 UK. | Live-streamed on Twitter

🇺🇸 Our US launch event. Key findings presented by Rasmus. Panel discussion with Monica Drake from the New York Times, Melissa Bell from Vox Media, Arlyn Gajilan from Reuters and Olivia Ma from the Google News Lab. | Weds. 22 June. 15:00 UK | 10:00 NYC | Pre-recorded and available in late June

🌏 Our Asia launch event. Key findings presented by Nic. Panel discussion moderated by our own Federica Cherubini with Sanjoy Majumder from BBC Asia, Christine Franciska from Glance and Joshua Ogawa from FT/Nikkei. | Thurs. 23 June. 8:30 UK | 15:30 Malaysia, Philippines. | Sign up now

🌎 Our Latin America launch event . Key findings presented by Rasmus. Panel discussion moderated by Eduardo Suárez with Luz Mely Reyes from Efecto Cocuyo and Patrícia Campos Mello from Folha. | Tues. 28 June. 16:00 UK | 12:00 Brazil | 10:00 Colombia. | Sign up now

🌍 Our Africa launch event. Key findings presented by Nic and our partners Chris Roper and Tolulope Adeyemo. Panel discussion moderated by Tshepo Tshabalala from Jamlab with Khadija Patel from the International Fund for Public Interest Media, Motunrayo Alaka from the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism and Allan Olingo from The East African newspaper. | Weds. 29 June. 11:00 UK, Nigeria | 12:00 South Africa | 13:00 Kenya. | Sign up now

🇮🇳 Our India launch event. Key findings presented by Rasmus. Panel discussion moderated by Manisha Pande from Newslaundry with Meena Kotwal from Mooknayak, Pooja Pande from Khabar Lahariya, Ritika Chopra from The Indian Express and Ritu Kapur from The Quint. | Pre-recorded and available in late June 

Learn more

📲 The BBC will become a digital-first outlet, Director-General Tim Davie said as he announced a fresh round of cuts. | 🏳️‍⚧️ Two innocent trans women were falsely identified as the Uvalde shooter online. A prominent TV programme from the Spanish public broadcaster apologised after spreading this false claim on air. | 🇨🇩 Three Congolese radio journalists were stripped and beaten by authorities. | 🤑 British newspaper The Telegraph hit 740,000 paying subscribers. |🏆 Mstyslav Chernov, Evgeniy Maloletka and Vasilisa Stepanenko, the AP journalists who reported from besieged Mariupol, will receive the ICFJ Knight International Journalism Award. 


🙋🏾‍♀️ Managing our research team. We are seeking an academic with a significant reputation in research on journalism to take on the role of Director of Research at the Reuters Institute. The person we select will be a part of the senior leadership team and represent the Institute internationally. The deadline to apply is midday (UK time) on Tuesday 14 June. | Find out more and apply

📆  A vital role for our Journalist Programmes. We are looking for a programmes officer to play a key role in the smooth running of our Journalist Fellowship Programme as well as our Digital Deep Dives, short courses and our Oxford Climate Journalism Network. Applications close on Monday 6 June. | Find out more and apply


"Newsrooms are not fully equipped to handle a social media audience. The younger generation is not going to be coming to news websites to read. So we have to go where they are. We have to understand how they want to read their news"

Shadma Shaikh
Indian journalist
Watch the video of her talk

Why class still matters in UK newsrooms (and beyond)

The issue. British newsrooms are some of the least representative workplaces when it comes to class. A recent report found that 75% of journalists have a parent in one of the three highest occupational groups, compared to 45% of all UK workers. In the latest episode of our podcast, hosted by our own Caithlin Mercer, we discuss why journalists from working-class backgrounds are so under-represented in British newsrooms and the types of prejudice and micro-aggressions they face. 

The episode. Our guest is our Journalist Fellow Robyn Vinter, an award-winning investigative journalist who writes for national newspapers in the UK and who ran The Overtake, an investigative news website for young people. "Having 98% of new journalists having a degree is one way of filtering out a lot of working-class people who would be great journalists," Robyn says. "You don’t need a degree to be a journalist. You need training and there isn’t enough specific training."

🎙 Audio and transcript of the episode
🎧 Listen on: Spotify | Apple | Google


💰 Creating more inclusive reader revenue models . Almost half of the news leaders recently surveyed by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism said they were worried that subscription models may “super-serve” richer and more educated audiences and leave other people behind. A new piece from our contributor Laura Oliver looks at news organisations in Spain, Sweden and South Africa developing reader revenue models that keep in mind people who don't want to pay a full-price subscription. 

  • “South Africa is a poor country," says Francesca Beighton from the Daily Maverick. "[If we introduced a paywall] we would have been sustainable within a few months. But in a country with a huge volume of voters, hiding the truth behind a paywall would affect our democracy.” | Read the piece
🇺🇦 Protecting the most vulnerable journalists. As Russia invaded Ukraine, the Rory Peck Trust launched a fundraiser to provide freelance journalists with protective equipment to cover the war. Three months later, they've raised almost £20,000 from 120 people. Our contributor Patrick Egwu has spoken with programmes manager Johanna Pisco about the needs of freelance reporters in these situations. | Read the piece

🎙 Creating a podcast blockbuster. On Wednesday we'll host the next event in our global journalism seminar series. Our guest will be Hamza Syed, who was thrust into the media spotlight by the launch of his debut podcast, The Trojan Horse Affair, which he produced for the New York Times alongside Brian Reed. Hamza will talk to us about the response to his series and the vexed topic of journalistic impartiality.

📅 Weds. 1 June | 🕐 13:00 UK time | ✏️ Sign up now 


📰 Opposing editorials. On 19 May a controversial New York Times editorial warned against “unrealistic expectations” of Ukrainian victory, saying the country may face “painful territorial decisions” in an eventual negotiated settlement. The Kyiv Independent editorial board replied in their own piece: “Ukraine winning the war with Russia isn’t 'unrealistic' or even 'likely.' If we want the world to be anything like what we know it to be, then Ukraine winning is the only option.” | The Kyiv Independent

🌎 Journalism in Latin America. Read Andrea Arzaba’s interview with Brazilian journalist and academic Rosental Alves. He discusses several aspects of journalism in Latin America. “There is a new phenomenon, an attack against democracy and journalism as the main target. Investigative journalism, in particular, is a victim of this,” Alves says. | Global Investigative Journalism Network 

🇹🇼 Radio recordings. Taiwanese radio enthusiasts are tuning in to the Taiwanese air force's warnings to Chinese aircraft and publishing the recordings online. “Hsu and his team have set up a dozen reception points on hills across Taiwan. With the help of those stations, Hsu has counted 317 Taiwan warnings to Chinese warplanes from the start of the year to early May,” Yimou Lee and Fabian Hamacher write. | Reuters

🇨🇳 Translating Chinese media. The Great Translation Movement is an initiative by an informal network of Chinese speakers who started translating news stories, speeches and statements into English and posting them on Western social media platforms. “Though all these volunteers have done is simply translate posts that have already cleared China’s internet-censorship regime, they have nevertheless managed to enrage Beijing,” Timothy McLaughlin writes. | The Atlantic

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