Online & Digital Media News – Digital News Report finds fewer Canadians trust news “most of the time”

The Digital News Report (DNR), an international survey led by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University, has released its findings on consumer habits and the perception of news in 38 countries, including Canada. Key findings include a downturn in the number of Canadians who trust “most news, most of the time” which shifted from 58% to 52% since 2018. A total of 44% of Canadians surveyed said they use mainly online media to access news, whereas 56% favor offline media, such as television, radio or print. Social media is the main source of news for 19% of all Canadian adults, a share that increases to 38% among those under 35, and 49% among those aged 18-24. Only 9% of respondents stated that they paid for online news (e.g., digital subscription or one-off payment for an article or app) in the last year, a number that was flat year-over-year. If they had to choose only one online paid subscription service for the next year, 40% would prefer an online video streaming service such as Netflix. A subscription to online news would be the first choice for 9% of Canadians, and 4% among adults under 35.

Dr. Jen Gunter

JENSPLAINING, a new 10-part CBC original docuseries hosted by unapologetic women’s health expert Dr. Jen Gunter, launches Aug. 23 on CBC Gem. Produced by Peacock Alley Entertainment, JENSPLAINING sees Gunter debunk unproven wellness claims and the spread of misinformation from womb detox pearls to vaginal steaming. JENSPLAINING is the first digital series produced by Peacock Alley, but the second series its produced dedicated to health and wellness. A User’s Guide to Cheating Death, hosted by Timothy Caulfield, has become an international hit available on Netflix in North America, Vision TV in Canada and in 67 territories including Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Africa, India, much of Europe and Asia.

The Canadian Online Publishing Awards are open to entries until July 15. Hosted by Masthead Magazine, the COPAs bring together all the media brands and companies producing content online, from publishers to business to marketers. Entries are accepted in five categories – B2B, Consumer Magazine, 24/7 News Media, Ethnic Media, and Students/Schools. Entries must have been produced between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019 to be eligible and meet Canadian content requirements. Find full contest rules and eligibility here.

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