Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2018
This year's report focuses on the issues of trust and misinformation, new online business models, the impact of changing Facebook algorithms and the rise of new platforms and messaging apps.
Data highlight that the use of social media for news has started to fall after years of continuous growth. But, while this applies for Facebook, alternative platforms, such as WhatsApp, Instagram and Snaptchat continue to raise. Last year has also seen a significant increase in the numbers paying for online news. Nordic countries lead the way in this trend. Digital subscriptions are not the only option: also alternative models are developing, in particular donations and donation-based memberships which are growing in popularity. Disinformation is another issue the report deals with: over half of the people polled say that they are extremely concerned about what is real and “fake” on the internet. The report also shows that people’s understanding of fake news is expanding to cover low quality news. A connected phenomenon is that all over the globe people are realizing that quality costs, thus they are more willing to pay for news.