Google and RISJ agree grant for major expansion of the Digital News Report

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Further to the announcement by Google in April of their Digital News Initiative and the increased support that would involve for the Reuters Institute Digital News Report, Oxford University and Google have now agreed the details of the new grant.

Google’s increased funding over the next three years will allow the Reuters Institute to extend the report’s coverage of Europe to 20 countries in 2016 with the aim of moving to 30 in 2017/18.  The new countries to be included in the main report from 2016 are Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey. These will be added to the 12 countries already covered in the main 2015 report; UK, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Spain, together with Australia, Brazil, Japan and the US.

The Reuters Institute Digital News Report is based on the largest international comparative survey of the major trends in digital news consumption. This unique independent academic report has been supported by a wide range of academic and industry partners, since its creation in 2012. From 2016 onwards we will continue to work with a very wide range of sponsors and partners within Europe and beyond, and all will be treated equally.

Madhav Chinnappa, Head Strategic Relations, News & Publishers at Google said:

“We are very happy to support the further growth of the Reuters Institute Digital News Report, via our Digital News Initiative (DNI). The Reuters Institute Digital News Report gives invaluable insights into user behaviour in digital news consumption--insights which help news organisations innovate in response to user behaviour and expectations.” 

The financial value of Google’s Agreement with Oxford University is c£5m for the grant period of August 2015 - December 2018.

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