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The latest deep dive into our journalism habits suggests printed media is unlikely to long survive COVID-19. The Pollyanna take? Print media's loss is opening up space for a more interesting, more diverse journalistic ecosystem that better meets the needs of our communities.

The University of Canberra's Digital News Report: Australia 2021, released yesterday as part of the Reuters Institute global survey, shows just one in five Australians have read news in a printed newspaper or magazine in the past week -- about half as many as just five years ago.

Print media is the primary source of news for just 4% of Australians -- most of them over 75 -- and the average reader is significantly to the political right of print's digital sibling.