Online news wins subscribers around the world but trust low: survey


According to a report released on Tuesday, even though the overall level of trust in the media is still very low, more and more readers around the world are still paying for online news.

About 20% of Americans said they subscribed to the services of an online news provider (an increase of 4 percentage points from the previous year), of which 42% were Norwegian (an increase of 8 percentage points) and 13% of the Netherlands People (an increase of 3 percentage points), compared with only 10% in France and Germany.

However, according to Reuters’ annual digital news report, one-third to half of all news subscriptions go to some major media organizations, such as the New York Times.

The authors of the study say that, however, some readers have also begun to accept multiple subscriptions, in addition to purchasing national news sources, but also buying local or professional headlines.

However, a large proportion of Internet users say that nothing can convince them to pay for online news, about 40% in the US and about 50% in the UK.

YouGov conducted an online survey of Reuters in 40 countries in January, and each country had 2,000 respondents.

Further investigations were conducted in six countries in April to analyze the initial impact of COVID-19.

The health crisis has revitalized people’s interest in TV news, and the number of viewers has increased by an average of 5%, which makes itself the main source of information for online media.

On the contrary, newspaper distribution was hit hard by corona virus blockade measures.

The survey found that trust in news has fallen to its lowest level since the first report in 2012, and only 38% said they trust most news most of the time.

However, confidence in news media varies greatly from country to country, ranging from 56% in Finland and Portugal to 23% in France and 21% in South Korea.

In Hong Kong, violent demonstrations against the extradition law sometimes took place over the past few months, and the country’s confidence in the news fell by 16 points to 30% in a year.

Chile, which regularly protests to show inequality, saw a 15% drop in trust in the media, while in the UK, issues such as Brexit polarized society and the UK dropped by 12 points.

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