The coronavirus epidemic has dramatically increased the amount of news consumed by the mainstream media in all the countries where we conducted surveys prior to and after the virus had taken into effect. The percentage of people who depend on news on television as their primary source of news has increased dramatically, with more people identifying the channel as their primary source of news. This temporary respite is welcome following a lengthy period of decline. Lockdowns have made it more difficult to release printed newspapers. This has increased the trend towards digital media. The usage of social media and online has increased significantly in a variety of countries. WhatsApp saw the most growth , with an increase of about ten percentage points in certain countries. Furthermore over half (51%) of those polled used some form of an online, either closed or open group to exchange information, and participate in a local support group.

Media coverage of COVID-19 was high in all countries at the time of April 2020. It was similar to that of national governments, and much higher than that of individuals politicians. Trust in the media was more than twice the level of trust for social media, video platforms, or messaging services when it came to COVID-19 information. Global concerns over misinformation are still high, according to our larger January dataset. Over half of our global sample expressed concern about the truth or falsity of information on the internet even prior to the outbreak of coronavirus. While domestic politicians are most often cited as the source of misinformation - though people who are right-wingers, such as those in the United States, are more likely to blame the media. Facebook is seen almost everywhere as the primary source for spreading incorrect information. WhatsApp is however more accountable in places like Brazil as well as Malaysia.

Our survey in January across the world revealed that less than four-in-10 (38 percent) of those polled said they are most likely to trust the news they read. This is a decrease of four percentages from 2019. Just 46 percent of those polled believed they trusted the news that they use. Particularly, broadcasters who have lost support from left and right-leaning political partisans seem to be threatened by increasing political polarization. Our survey shows that 60% of people prefer news that isn't influenced by any particular view, and only 28% of them prefer news which reinforces or supports their opinions. Although partisanship preferences have risen slightly in the United States since 2013, but this survey still shows that most Americans want news that is at least impartial.

52 percent of respondents prefer news media to report on false statements that politicians make (29 29.9%) than ignore them. People are more hesitant to view political ads via social media or search engines as they are with television ads. A majority (58 percent) prefer having platforms that do not block false claims, even though it means they get to make the final decision. The United States has seen significant rises in the online news payment in recent years, including an increase of 42% in Norway (+ and an increase of 20% in the United States (+4). Other markets have seen lesser increases. It is crucial to remember that online news is available for free to most people in all countries. Some publishers may have reported a 'coronavirus bump.

For subscribers, the most important thing is the quality and originality of the content. Subscribers think they're getting better information. But, the majority of people are happy with the information they receive for free. We see a huge proportion of non-subscribers (40% USA, 50 percent UK) who believe nobody can convince them to sign up. If you pay more (e.g. The majority of subscriptions are given to national brands in countries such as Norway, the USA and Norway. This means that there are still winners and winners and losers. These countries have a significant percentage of people who have multiple subscriptions and add an additional specialist publication or local newspaper. For radio Unirea a Romanian commercial radio station, they use a format oriented on 60% news from all fields and 40 percent music. With their current programming the principal elements that attract the audience of the audience over 30 years old are met: news programs from the county, specialized talks and shows. They are interested in contests, news and interviews. But they also enjoy cultural shows such as debates, entertainment, and musical shows.

In many countries local newspapers and websites remain the top source of news on specific regions or towns, reaching four in ten (44 percent) each week. But we find that Facebook and other social media platforms are currently used by nearly one-third (31%) for local information and news, which puts further pressure on companies and their business models. News access continues to expand. The majority of all people prefer to begin their news-related journeys via a website or an app. Generation Z, 18-24 year olds, have a less favorable relationship with apps and websites. They're twice more likely than others to prefer social media to read news. Instagram news usage has increased by over 50 percent for all age groups and is expected to outdo Twitter within the next few years.

Publishers are trying to combat the shift to different platforms by establishing close connections with their customers through email and mobile alerts to combat this trend. A staggering 21 percent of American adults check their weekly news-email. For more than half of them, it's their primary way to access information. Northern European nations are slow to embrace news channels via email. In Finland only 10% of those who utilize email news do it. Although podcasts have seen an impressive increase in their popularity over the past year coronavirus locks could have temporarily reversed this trend. Over 50 percent of the people polled across the globe believe that podcasts are more educational and accessible than other media. Spotify has taken over Apple Podcasts to become the top podcast app in a variety of markets.

Nearly seven out of ten (69%) think that climate change is a serious issue. However, in both the United States and Australia, a substantial minority do not agree. This group tends be right-winger and older. The younger groups get most of their climate-related news via social media and by following activists like Greta Thunberg. Amazon Echo and Google Home are two examples of smart devices that are gaining popularity. Usage for any purpose has increased from 14% to 19 percent in the UK and from 7% to 12% in Germany and from between 9% and 13% in South Korea. We have found that the use of news remains low in every country, despite this.