Declining media confidence and news consumption, according to the Reuters Institute

(Reuters) – More and more people are avoiding learning about topics such as the coronavirus pandemic, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine or the cost of living crisis, and global confidence in the media is falling, according to a Reuters Institute report released on Tuesday. for a study of journalism.

Although the majority of respondents follow the news regularly, 38% said they often or sometimes avoid the news, compared to 29% in 2017, according to the Reuters Institute’s annual digital news report. About 36% – especially those under the age of 35 – say the news affects their mental health.

Confidence in the media has also declined. On average, 42% of respondents said they generally trust the news, a decline in almost half of the countries surveyed and an increase in seven.

“A large number of people believe that the media is subject to undue political influence, and only a small number believe that most news organizations put what is best for society above their commercial interests,” writes Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, director of media. Reuters Institute report.

Young people are increasingly accessing information through social networks such as TikTok and have a weaker connection to traditional media, the report said.

The online survey was conducted by the Reuters Institute and involved 93,432 people and covered 46 markets.

(Report by Helen Coster; French version by Camille Raynaud)

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