Are people losing their confidence in the media? Launch of the Reuters Digital News Report 2019

June 12 2019

Fritt Ord and the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism invite the public to a breakfast meeting for the launch of the annual media survey entitled the ‘Reuters Institute Digital News Report’ and a debate on confidence in the media, on Wednesday, 12 June from 9.00-10.30 a.m. at Fritt Ord’s premises in Uranienborgveien 2.

The Reuters Institute Digital News Report is the world’s largest media survey on trends in digital media habits. The report describes the development of the Norwegian media market compared with nearly 40 other countries in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Norway scores well on both news consumption and the propensity to pay for news, but the report shows there are also challenges when it comes to confidence in the media and young people’s aversion to the news.

Political preference is clearly significant for which media are considered reliable. After a year with several major media headlines related inter alia to attribution practices and political links, most people now have a greater awareness of the challenges of press ethics. Have news stories undermined confidence in the media and added to the popularity of new, alternative online media? Can Norwegian journalists be better at showing how they work, and show the public why published journalism looks the way it does?

Welcome to the debate on media habits, confidence and fragmented public space.

Welcome by Knut Olav Åmås, Executive Director of Fritt Ord

Presentation of the international report by Richard Fletcher, a researcher at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism

Panel discussion, featuring:
Hallvard Moe, professor of Media Studies at the University of Bergen and the person in charge of the Norwegian sub-report
Hege Storhaug, information manager at the Human Rights Service
Ingeborg Senneset, journalist and author, and on the board of Norwegian PEN.
Pål Hellenes, national board member of the Norwegian Union of Journalists

Moderator: Erik Waatland, editor of Medier24

The event is free of charge and open to the public.

See the Facebook-event for more information and updates prior to the launch.