Digital News Report: Australia
Digital News Report: Australia 2023
PAYING FOR ONLINE NEWS GROWS AS AUSTRALIANS SEEK OUT QUALITY NEWS SOURCES, BUT GAPS BETWEEN AUDIENCE SEGMENTS CONTINUE TO GROW
There is good news for the industry this year. The number of people paying for online news continues to grow, placing Australia among the top countries globally. One in five Australians pay for online news and those who already pay are increasing the number of their subscriptions. The top reason consumers pay is to gain access to higher quality news than they find with free sources.
This year’s data confirms Australians’ desire for high quality and trustworthy news while they struggle with the overwhelming volume of information and misinformation. Recognition of the role that algorithms play in filtering the news appears to be high. Consumers are sceptical of news curation enabled by algorithms, but they are also unsure about journalists and editors selecting the news for them. Many are also worried about missing out on important information due to the personalisation of news in online environments.
What Australian news consumers do want is positive news, watchdog journalism, and news stories that suggest solutions. For paying news consumers these are particularly important priorities.
There is still a large proportion of Australians who say they avoid news, and there has been a drop in the overall level of interest in news. Almost one in three news avoiders say they are checking news less often or scrolling past it when they see it.
These attitudes are reflected in the continued decline in news consumption, particular among women. The fall in news interest and consumption has been larger among women than men, resulting in a widening gender gap. This year, Australia has the widest gender gap globally in news consumption. The trust gender gap is also widening.
- Heavy news consumption has declined (48%, -4). Women’s interest in news is at a record low of 43% (-16 since 2017).
- Women’s news access falls the most (41%, -11), Australia now has the widest gender gap (19pp) in news consumption internationally.
- High interest in news in Australia has fallen to 53% (-11 since 2017).
- The use of Instagram (26%, +6) and TikTok (17%, +4) for news continues to rise among Gen Z.
- 80% of Australians say they have been affected somewhat or a great deal by changes to cost-of-living. Those affected by cost-of-living are more likely to cancel news subscriptions.
- More Australians are paying for online news (22%, +4). 41% (+13) of those with high education pay for online news.
- Those who think publicly funded media are important are twice as likely to pay for news (32%) than those who don’t (15%).
For more information, please read the final report.
This report is part of a long-running international survey coordinated by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, an international research centre in the comparative study of journalism based at Oxford University. The Digital News Report delivers comparative data on media usage in 46 countries and across 6 continents.
The News and Media Research Centre at the University of Canberra is the Australian partner institute and author of the Digital News Report: Australia. This is the ninth annual DNR: Australia.
Cite the report as:
Park, S., McGuinness, K., Fisher, C., Lee, J., McCallum, K., Cai, X., Chatskin, M., Mardjianto, L. & Yao, P. (2023). Digital News Report: Australia 2023. Canberra: News & Media Research Centre, University of Canberra.
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- The Fourth Estate Podcast with Peter Fray: Are Australians Turning Their Back On The News?
- Radio National Drive: More Australians are sick of bad news
- 3AW: Why are Australians avoiding the news? Report finds 62 per cent of people are tuning out
- ABC News 24: https://youtu.be/JozWJkYL10Y
- ABC Melbourne Breakfast: Tired of the news cycle? You’re not alone, says report
- The Guardian Australia, Australian politics live podcast: Why are Australians avoiding the news?
- ABC Radio, The World Today: Trust in the media is falling while fake news anxiety rises, report finds
- ABC Adelaide Drive with Jules Schiller: Wednesday June 12, 2019
- ABC 666 Drive with Anna Vidot: Digital News Report: Australia 2019
- ABC Nightlife: Wednesday June 12, 2019
- 2SER: Are Australians interested in news?
- Chris Kenny on Media, Sky TV: Research shows online shift is a ‘crisis’ for news organisations
- Democracy Sausage with Mark Kenny: Trust issues and the Trump bump
- Media Files podcast: Australians’ trust in news media is falling as concern over ‘fake news’ grows
- Content Group Govcomms podcast part 1: Giving up on news: The latest trends in digital news consumption with Caroline Fisher
- Content Group Govcomms podcast part 2: A Matter of trust: Rebuilding citizen trust with Caroline Fisher
- 3RRR Room With a View: Monday 17 June 2019
- ABC Adelaide Drive - Thursday 14th June with Caroline Fisher.
- ABC Melbourne Drive - Thursday 14th June with Caroline Fisher.
- Triple J's Hack - Thursday 14th June with Caroline Fisher.
- ABC 666 Mornings - Thursday 14th June with Caroline Fisher.
- What's the future of media for young people? - 'The roundtable', ABC Radio National, Monday 25th June with Sora Park.
- Digital trends and opportunity for government communication - Content Group Govcomms podcast, Tuesday 31st July with Caroline Fisher.
- Policy Forum Pod Extra: protecting the media - Tuesday 7th August, with Caroline Fisher.
- The Canberra Times: Australians are fact-checking to combat fake news
- The Sydney Morning Herald: 'YouTube going off as a news source': Australians among world's most likely to share dodgy articles
- The Guardian Australia: Australians are avoiding the news and think it's too negative, survey finds
- The Guardian Australia: Truth decay: why personal values are poisoning Australians' news consumption
- The Australian: Two-thirds of Australians don’t want to read about politics: study reveals
- The Daily Bulletin: Australians are less interested in news and consume less of it compared to other countries, survey finds
- The Conversation: Australians are less interested in news and consume less of it compared to other countries, survey finds
- HerCanberra: Australian women prefer to consume their media through social channels
- Broadagenda: Online News & the gender 'paying' gap
- Digital News Report: Australia 2018 co-authors Sora Park, Caroline Fisher, Glen Fuller and Jee Young Lee wrote an article for The Conversation addressing Australians' reluctance to express their political views on social media. The piece was reposted by usnews.com.
- 'Trust in the news is up — but there's still only a 50-50 chance you'll trust me on that', ABC News Online.
- 'Australian media consumers more polarised than the global average', Guardian Australia.
- The report's findings were also covered by the Sydney Morning Herald.