The coronavirus crises has significantly increased news consumption of major media outlets in all countries where we carried out surveys prior to and after the pandemic. The percentage of people who rely on television news as their main source of news has increased dramatically as more people identify it as their main source of news. The temporary relief is welcome after a long time of declining. The declining print media is likely to accelerate the shift to all-digital news. While the number of users using social media and other internet-based platforms has been increasing significantly across the globe but lockdowns have had a negative impact on the use of these platforms. WhatsApp had the highest growth in general with increases by ten percent in some countries, while more than half of those surveyed (51%) were part of an open or closed online community to communicate, share information or participate in a local support network.

The trust in media coverage about COVID-19 was very high across all countries in April 2020. It was in line with that of national governments, and much higher than that of individual politicians. Trust in the media was more than twice the amount for social networks and video platforms as well as messaging services in relation to information about COVID-19. The global concern about misinformation remains high as per the bigger data set we gathered in January. Over half of the global population was worried about online news prior to the coronavirus outbreaks. Although politicians in the United States are the most frequently cited as the source of misinformation across many countries which includes the United States, those who declare themselves to be right-wingers tend to blame the media. In certain countries, such people are more likely to blame the media. While Facebook is considered the primary platform for disseminating fake information nearly everywhere, WhatsApp is more responsible in parts the Global South such as Brazil or Malaysia.

A survey conducted in January across all countries showed that only four out of ten respondents (38%) were able to trust the news the majority of time. It's four percentage percentage points less than the 2019 survey. 46 percent of respondents said they believe in the news they read. Public broadcasters are seeing their popularity eroded by political partisans on both the right- and left-leaning sides due to increasing political polarisation and uncertainty. Our study finds that 60% of Americans prefer news that isn't influenced by a particular viewpoint and only 28% are interested in information that supports or reinforces their views. The United States has seen a slight increase in partisan preferences since 2013. However, the majority still seems to favor news that at least attempts to be impartial.

News media are more likely to publish false claims from politicians as they adjust to the new ways of communicating (52 percent) People are more uncomfortable watching political ads on social media or search engines than they are watching TV. Most people (58 percent) would prefer that platforms to block adverts with false statements. We've seen significant increases in the amount of money paid for online journalism in many countries, including the United States (+14) and Norway (42 percent + 8). However there has been a smaller increase in the various markets. Important to note is that most countries aren't paying for online news however certain publishers have complained of the existence of a "coronavirus increase".

In the end, the most important element for subscribers is the quality and uniqueness of the information. Subscribers feel they get better information. However, many people are satisfied with the information that they get free of charge. We also see the high proportion of non-subscribers (45% in the USA and 50% here in the UK) who claim that they are not able to convince to pay. Higher levels of payment are seen in countries such as Norway and the United States in which there is an increase in the number of subscribers. In countries that have higher levels of payment (e.g. Norway and the USA) there is 1/3 to 50% of subscriptions are sold directly to a few large national brands. This indicates that there is still an all-or-nothing dynamic. The two countries have a substantial majority of customers who subscribe to multiple subscriptions and even an additional specialist publication or local newspaper. For radio din judetul Alba A Romanian commercial radio station. They have a format that focuses on 60 percent news from across the country and 40% music. The current program range includes news shows from the region, specialty programs, as well as talk show programming. These people are interested not only in contests, news, or even interviews, but they are equally drawn to programs that focus on culture, debates, entertainment, and even music.

Local newspapers and their websites are still the most reliable source of information on an area or town in most countries. They are accessed by the majority of people (44%) every week. However, we found that Facebook as well as other social media platforms are currently being used by around 33% (31 percent) of local news and information users. This puts greater pressure on companies and their business models. The dissemination of news is increasing. More than half (28 percent) of the world's population prefer to access news via apps or websites. Generation Z, those between the ages of 18 and 24, prefer to access news via Facebook and Twitter. News consumption on Instagram has nearly twice as high across all age groups since the year 2018 and is set to outdo Twitter within the next year.

To stop the trend of switching to various platforms, publishers are seeking to make direct connections with consumers via email and mobile alerts. An astounding 21 percent of American adults check their news-email weekly. For almost half of them it's the main method of accessing information. Northern European nations have had longer to embrace email news channels. Only 10% of Finnish users use Finnish email news. The number of users of podcasts has grown significantly over the last year, though coronavirus lockdowns may temporarily reverse this trend. In all 50 countries, half of the respondents (50 percent) claimed that podcasts give more depth and comprehension of information than other media. Additionally, Spotify has become the top destination for podcasts across a number of markets, overtaking Apple's podcast app.

While almost seven in 10 (69 percent) believe that climate change is an imminent threat in the near future, a substantial majority of Americans, Sweden, Australia and Australia do not agree. The majority of this group are more conservative, and often older. The younger groups can access more of their climate-related information through social media, and also by following activists such as Greta Thunberg. The use of voice-activated speakers such as the Amazon Echo or Google Home continues to grow. The use of these devices for any purpose has grown from 14% to 19 percent in the UK to 7 to 12% in Germany and 9% to 13% in South Korea. Despite these gains, news usage is still lower in all markets.