Navigating news in an online world
Ofcom has today published two qualitative research reports on what people think and feel about the news, and how they consume it.
With vast numbers of news stories available 24/7, through a wide range of online platforms and devices, the research reveals how we are adapting our habits and behaviours, in order to keep up. This research helps Ofcom fulfil its duty to promote and carry out research in media literacy.
Ofcom has also published a commentary on the key themes from the reports including:
- the challenge of ‘news overload’;
- ‘passive’ news consumption;
- the blurred news environment of social media;
- critical thinking when navigating online news; and
- trust in news sources.
Sharon White, Ofcom’s Chief Executive, has provided insights on these findings.