Young adults drawn to local news
A major new audience monitoring system has launched today which dispels the myth young people have turned their back on local publishers.
By combining print and digital audiences for local newspaper publishers, it demonstrates more than 10 million young adults - aged between 15 and 34 - are reading local news on their mobile devices, or traditional print products, every month.
And that mobile content is boosting local media’s audiences by 94% - with the industry now reaching 40.6m adults a month.
The findings come from the launch of the new cross platform audience currency Jicreg True Local.
Jicreg (Joint industry Currency for Regional Media Research) has long been established as the key method of measuring local media audiences.
Now it hopes its True Local system will paint a more accurate picture of the true size of the audiences local publishers reach.
The audiences are calculated using a combination of audited circulation data, enabling media agencies and advertisers to see how local media is consumed in print, mobile and desktop across Great Britain down to postcode sector level for the first time.
Jicreg chief executive Keith Donaldson said: “The new data conclusively proves what we in the industry have known for some time; the demand for highly trusted local news has increased dramatically, resulting in huge audiences for the local sector across print and digital.
“It is also very encouraging to see conclusive evidence that young people are avid consumers of local news and information, accessing local journalism created by trusted brands on their mobile phones.”
Jicreg is a joint industry initiative between major publishers and the top 20 UK communication agencies, including the Society of British Advertisers (ISBA).
Clare O’Brien, ISBA head of media effectiveness and performance, said: “I hope the launch of Jicreg True Local will be a catalyst for some much-needed discussion between advertisers, agencies and media owners about whether more can now be done to make the most of this important and powerful communications platform.”