Young men log in to the weird wide web

University of Oxford

University of Oxford

First published in

Quirky news stories are becoming more popular than celebrity gossip, according to Oxford University’s Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2014.

Unusual tales are becoming a key driver of traffic on news websites and is especially popular with young men – 15 per cent of UK respondents said it was important to them, just behind the 17 per cent of people who chose celebrity news.

The report’s author, Nic Newman, said: “Young men are driving a lot of this because what they enjoy is having a laugh and it’s very shareable on social media.”

The report also found that people looking for news prefer to stick to trusted brands, such as established newspapers.

Our top stories:

Judge: South Oxfordshire arsons may remain mystery + dramatic CCTV video from inside council

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Saturday 30th May 2015

A JUDGE has said we will never find out why an arsonist started a series of “devastating” fires in South Oxfordshire, as he sectioned him under the Mental Health Act.

Fans keen to join Oxford United on their pre-season trip to Austria

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Saturday 30th May 2015

Oxford United’s pre-season preparations have been boosted by the confirmation of a training camp and a match in Austria.

Fundraiser attempts to break space hopping world record

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Saturday 30th May 2015

A CHARITY fundraiser hopes she will finally be hopping over the finishing line in a world record-breaking attempt.

Didcot murders: Community creates a trail of ribbon tributes to its three murder victims

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Saturday 30th May 2015

DOZENS of floral tributes have now been left outside the Didcot home where a family were murdered.

Businessman faces jail over revenge arson on best man

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Saturday 30th May 2015

A BUSINESSMAN who started a fire that forced people to jump from windows has been told he will receive a long prison sentence for his “appalling” crime.

Oxfordshire named most innovative county in new report

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Saturday 30th May 2015

OXFORDSHIRE has been named as the most innovative part of the UK, beating old rivals Cambridge into second place.

Flooded out pensioners given only £25 a week in expenses

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Saturday 30th May 2015

TWO pensioners flooded out of their home in Normandy Crescent have been given just £25 a week by Thames Water to cover their expenses.

County police and fire service could share sites to help save cash

Oxford Mail:

6:30am Saturday 30th May 2015

POLICE and fire service staff could share office buildings under new plans put forward for “blue light” services in the county.

Didcot power tower demolition confirmed for 2016 as protesters arrive

Oxford Mail:

6:30am Saturday 30th May 2015

PROTESTERS started to descend on Didcot yesterday ahead of a demonstration against government plans to build 30 new gas-fired power stations.

‘Affordable NHS housing will help to ease staff shortages’ says chief nurse

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Saturday 30th May 2015

AFFORDABLE housing for workers at one of the county’s hospital trusts is one of its biggest issues as it battles staff shortages, a chief nurse has warned.

Aerial troupe perform ‘striking’ display at Oxford Castle Quarter

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Saturday 30th May 2015

THE historic buildings of Oxford Castle Quarter were lit up for a breathtaking display by French aerial dancers – and that was just the rehearsal.

Rising cost of delayed tower blocks revamp will top £20m

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Friday 29th May 2015

A MULTI-million pound project to refurbish Oxford’s five tower blocks could be delayed by almost a year.

Oxford University is set to appoint its first female vice-chancellor

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Friday 29th May 2015

THE first female vice-chancellor of Oxford University has been nominated by committee members and could take up her post next January.

50 bales of hay on fire in field by Tower Hill, Witney

Oxford Mail:

6:32pm Friday 29th May 2015

AT LEAST 50 bales of hay are on fire in a field by Tower Hill, Witney.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree