Smartphone now the leading device for sourcing news - Reuters report

Update 11am: The 2018 Reuters Digital News Report has said 2017 was a period of consolidation in the Irish media sector, observing there were no closures in the newspaper sector during the year, and that the UK-based The Times (Ireland) launched a daily print edition.

During the year, The Irish Times agreed a deal to acquire all the publishing and media interests of Landmark Media Group, the Cork-based company that owns the Irish Examiner, the daily Evening Echo, seven regional titles and a number of online-only titles incuding BreakingNews.ie and RecruitIreland.com.

A deal for Independent News and Media (INM) to buy regional group Celtic Media fell through in June 2017. It was opposed by the journalist union (NUJ) on the grounds that it would weaken media diversity.

Meanwhile, Ireland fell from 9th to 14th place in the annual Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders; the non-profit cited concentration of media ownership as a major threat to press freedom in Ireland.

News sources

A combined 34% of those surveyed used Landmark Media's titles Breakingnews.ie and IrishExaminer.com to access their news over the course of the survey week. This percentage also used TheJournal.ie to access their news over the same period.

RTE News online was at 33%, The Irish Independent online at 30% and Irish Times at 21%. A number of UK titles also featured, including BBC News online (17%), Sky News online (14%), The Guardian and Mail Online (both at 8%).

Image from The Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2018

One of the report's other findings is that the ​smartphone has overtaken the computer/laptop in terms of news access for the first time.

Earlier: Radio the number one choice for Irish people when sourcing news - survey

Consumers in Ireland have limited understanding of how news appears in their social media feeds with only 28% of those surveyed saying they understand the role of algorithms.

That is one of the findings in the Reuters Institute Digital News Report, which is being published today.

The report finds that radio is the number one choice for Irish people when it comes to sourcing news.

The annual international study found that as a news source in Ireland, Facebook has fallen from 71% in 2015 to 67% in 2018.

However, the research shows that Instagram as a source of news has grown from 12% in 2015 to 26% this year.

John Purcell, Chairperson of the Independent Broadcasters of Ireland says the report also shows that radio is the number one choice for Irish consumers when it comes to sourcing news.

"It's a hugely important medium across all sectors and age groups in Irish society," said Mr Purcell.

"Each day in Ireland around 84% people tune into Irish radio. It's the biggest and most trusted news medium in this country,

"Internationally Irish radio has the highest rate of listenership for news of all the 37 countries included in the Reuters news report."

- Digital Desk


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