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Your Digital News Report 2021 round-up
The Reuters Institute’s hotly-anticipated annual report launched this week. Unless you’ve been exceptionally organised, it’s unlikely you’ve managed to read it cover to cover yet. So we’ve done the hard work and pulled out all the essential findings for publishers.
- 5 top takeaways for publishers pulls out the key learnings from across the whole report, from the growth in people paying for news, to the growing role of influencers.
- 66% of the audience use social networks to access news, especially younger people. So how can publishers adapt to these more informal spaces?
- How impartial news reporting helps publishers build trust rounds up the much-discussed findings on the ‘trust rebound’ and its implications.
- Finally our friends at The Fix have summarised what the report had to say about the podcasting market, as Apple’s grip on podcasting weakens.
There will of course be more coverage over the coming weeks as we seek to help you understand what the report means for your business.
“One of the most striking findings in this year’s data,” according to Reuters Institute’s Digital News Report 2021, is that GenZ (the under-25s) are less likely to visit a news website compared with the millennials. They are “more likely to say they use social media as their main source of news.” Engaging these audiences is proving challenging for newsrooms that are mostly staffed by journalists who consume news in completely different ways.
EQ campaigns have helped the publisher to a 12% increase in revenue generated through branded partnerships in 2020, as well as a sharp 82% growth in non-endemic category growth.
Some of the most trusted news organisations – including commercial and public media brands – have retained quite significant extra online audiences in terms of online reach.
Findings show how the Coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated many of the long-term trends of the past decade, especially the move to a more digital, mobile, and platform-dominated media environment.
A company many may not have heard of, TheSoul Publishing, has outpaced other digital studios being the first to achieve the coveted 1 billion subscribers milestone.
There has never been a better time for smaller publishers to consider adding a content or news subscription offer to their overall revenue strategy.
One of the biggest current format trends is the appearance of paywalls. Digital journalism has to adapt its writing style accordingly.
While the 2021 Digital News Report flags many challenges, it also provides insights for those willing to act on them. Will European podcasters pick up the slack?
Talking about paywalls as if they were a one-size-fits-all solution to ad-funding shortfalls is a gross oversimplification; paywalls come in more flavours than Baskin Robbins.
On the first anniversary of Defector’s founding, we hear about the site’s ambitions, how it keeps its staff safe and happy, and what other media businesses can learn from an employee-owned outlet.
What will happen when we can no longer rely on third party cookies? How will it change our workflow? And, is there an alternative?
News organizations have turned to collaboration rather than competition as a business model. This would have been unthinkable only a few years ago.
See the rest of this week’s stories at whatsnewinpublishing.com