News sources in Australia 2019

Australians use a variety of media sources, both online and off, to access news. In 2019, around 66 percent of Australians accessed news via television in an average week, and just over half caught up on news online. By comparison, just under thirty percent used print-based media to access news.

Trust in digital news sources versus printed sources

In the same year, the level of trust Australians place in their main news source was around 50 percent; notably, newspaper readers had a higher level of trust with 56 percent, than those who obtained news online, with 44 percent. Whilst most newspaper consumers trust them as a source of news, around a quarter said they distrusted the publications. The level of trust that social media companies will ensure that content on their respective platforms is factual is also low, particularly during times of crisis. Just nine percent of Australians strongly agree that social media companies will ensure content is genuine.

The rise of fake news

As of September 2018, 59 percent of Australians said they had experienced news stories that were made up for political or commercial reasons. Elsewhere, 57 percent said they had seen articles that had been made to look like news but were actually advertisements. Just 20 percent said they hadn’t seen anything that could be described as fake news.

News sources used by consumers in Australia as of February 2019

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Sources

Release date

June 2019

Region

Australia

Survey time period

January to February 2019

Number of respondents

2,026 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

Question: "Which of the following have you used in the last week as a source of news? Please select all that apply"

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