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Digital News Report: Australia 2016

Download the Digital News Report: Australia 2016 via the Communication & Media Collection of Analysis and Policy Observatory.

Watch two of the report authors discuss their key findings below or on the UC YouTube channel.

Read commentary about the report here.

Digital News Report: Australia 2016, the second annual survey of news consumption in Australia, builds on last year's debut to provide a clearer picture than ever before of how news is currently being consumed both within Australia and globally, with a particular focus on digital news consumption and pathways to accessing the news.

The report is part of a global survey encompassing 25 other countries: Austria, Belgium, urban Brazil, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, South Korea, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, urban Turkey, the UK, and the USA.

Key findings

  • Digital News Report Australia 2016 Terrestrial TV (53.9%) and social media (52.2%) were reported as the most popular source of news in the week prior to the survey.
  • But when asked for one main source of news, 37.6% replied TV; 27.4% replied online news; 18.5% replied social network services / blogs.
  • Radio news programs (39.6%), printed newspapers (35.4%) and websites of newspapers (32.5%) were also widely used as sources of news.
  • Traditional media news consumption – TV, print and radio – is regarded as the main source (52.3%) and this is reflected to some extent in online news consumption, where the top source of news among online media was through websites or apps of newspapers (21.7%).

The Digital News Report: Australia 2016 is a collaboration between the News & Media Research Centre at the University of Canberra and the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford.

The report is available for download in full from Analysis and Policy Observatory, the essential resource for policy research.

Digital News Report: Australia 2015

To download the Digital News Report: Australia 2015, click here.

View media coverage of the 2015 report here.

The Reuters Institute Digital News Report

The Reuters Institute Digital News Report aims to deliver useful and timely data about the transition to digital.  Read more about the annual survey.