Results of Our Spring Global Education Survey for the 2023­-2024 Academic Year

During March and April of this year, we emailed a survey to the 11,234 students and faculty receiving free DailyChatter subscriptions through our Global Education Initiative. These subscribers represent over 1000 schools across the US and in 73 other countries. Forty-two percent of this group read DailyChatter three or more times each week, and 11.4% of these readers completed the survey.

Below you will find the major survey findings and a selection of the hundreds of open-ended comments we received from student and faculty respondents. We have also provided a PDF for your convenience.


Survey Findings

Are you a student or an educator?

Forty-two percent are college student respondents and 7%, are high school students.

Bar graph describing the following reading frequency: High school teachers 6%; High school students 7%; College professors 15%; College administrators/staff 21%; College students (grad/ugrad) 41%; Other 11%

How often do you read DailyChatter on average each week?

Eighty-eight percent read DailyChatter 2 to 5 times a week.
Pie chart depicting reading frequency: 64% daily/multiple times/week; 24% twice/week; 12% less than once/week

Has reading DailyChatter increased your knowledge of the world?

Ninety-five percent say that DailyChatter has significantly or somewhat significantly increased their knowledge of the world.
Pie chart depicting how DailyChatter has increased knowledge of the world for its readers: 59% significantly increased; 36% somewhat increase; 5% slight increase

Before you started reading DailyChatter, did you follow global news?

Before reading DailyChatter, 75% read very little or some global news, but now read more.
Pie chart depicting how much readers follow global news: 48% read some global news before DailyChatter but now read more; 27% read very little global news before DailyChatter; 25% read approximately the same amount of global news

On a scale of 1-5, with 5 being the most important and 1 being the least important, where does DailyChatter rate as your go-to source for world news?

Sixty-three percent rank DailyChatter as their top or near-top go-to source for global news.
Bar graph depicting percentage of importance of world news of DailyChatter readers: 23% most important; 40% somewhat important; 28% neutral; 7% not so important; 1% not important

Do you agree that DailyChatter presents the news in a nonpartisan manner?

Ninety-seven percent of students and faculty agree that DailyChatter’s news stories are nonpartisan.
Pie chart depicting % of readers who think DailyChatter is nonpartisan: 94% say it is nonpartisan; 6% say it is not nonpartisan

How did you learn about DailyChatter?

Most respondents learned about DailyChatter from their respective schools.
Bar graph depicting how readers learned about DailyChatter: 39% email from school; 14% professor/advisor (students); 10% other media; 7% colleague (teachers/faculty); 7% school website; 6% radio or TV; 4% DC website; 4% social media; 2% other student; 1% podcast; 15% other

Several students have created a news group at their school, written an article in their school paper, or used DailyChatter as part of their research projects. In what other ways would you use DailyChatter at your school?

Responses included:
  • School competitions on current events
  • Speech and debate tournaments
  • Researching and writing papers on world events
  • Group projects and presentations
  • Social media reels on global issues
  • Student-led podcasts on global issues
  • School newspapers and international affairs clubs
  • Everyday conversation with other students about the news


Comments and specific examples:

“We had weekly DailyChatter tests, and the winner won a gift card through the school.”

“…we often talk about world news stories in class… DailyChatter helps us all get more context and have more relevant conversations.”

“I use it to study for Academic World Quest and I have used it to help me in my Human Geography class.”

Many teachers incorporate DailyChatter into their classroom work or homework assignments. Please share with us how you currently use our newsletter with students.

Responses Included:
  • Class discussions about current events
  • Curriculum materials on International Studies, Science, International Business, and Communication courses
  • News quizzes and study guides
  • Home schooling purposes


Comments and specific examples:

“I give a weekly assignment where students choose one Daily Chatter article and write a summary of it. They…connect the article to something we have learned in class.”

“I recommend it to my Fulbright and Watson fellowship applicants to choose countries to go to and to help prep for interviews [by] keeping in touch with world events.”

“I used DailyChatter to create news quizzes and to discuss current events.”

“I use the information to talk with students who are foreign exchange students who like to talk about their country.”

Which of the following opportunities would you like to see promoted in the newsletter?

Internship opportunities and study abroad programs were the most popular choices.
Bar graph depicting other opportunities readers want to see in newsletter: 59% internships; 54% study abroad/exchange programs; 39% graduate degree programs; 39% summer programs; 35% student conferences; 32% student educational competitions

Selected Comments from Survey Respondents

“…it is so informational and non-biased which is nearly impossible to find in the world today.” Student, Harvard University, MA

“It gives students a platform to broaden their understanding of global events and empower education for all ages.” – Student, Lafayette College, PA

“I’ve been able to freely keep up with global events and spread this information with my peers.” Student, University of North Carolina Charlotte, NC

“DailyChatter provides global news covering all that is happening worldwide. [It is] well researched and without any biases and delivers the news in a way one can easily read and understand.” – Student, Technical University of Kenya, Africa

“DailyChatter gives me the guts of the story! The beginning, middle and the end with no fluff.” – Student, American University of Paris, France

“This has helped me to better understand what’s going on in the world from a non-polarized news source.” Student, Northern Kentucky University, KY

“DailyChatter is the first place I go to when I want to be introduced to a global new issue. It’s easily digestible which means that I know I’ll have a good starting point for further research.” – Student, Allegheny College, PA
“Free access to media is a life saver!” – Student, University of Miami, FL

“It definitely has given me an interesting start to my mornings as I have coffee and get ready for the day.” Student, University of Alabama, AL

“Specifically, I appreciate how they show different sources as their evidence” – Student, Universidad of Monterrey, Mexico

“The news is presented in a way that provides factual information and written in a nonbiased way.” – Administrator, Oklahoma State University, OK

“It is straightforward and factual news [with] in-depth analysis of a situation that often presents all sides.” – Student, Tufts University, MA

“It is a daily relief to get good clean news that is not biased based and is presented from many different sources.” – Student, Walters State Community College, TN

“It provides accurate news on parts of the world that are not always covered.” Student, Northwestern University, IL

“It’s cool because they focus on delivering international news in a concise way, without any political bias. It helps to stay informed without the noise.” – Student, American University of Nigeria, Africa

“I don’t have enough funds to subscribe to a newsletter. However, free access to this site has given me valuable insight and considerable power in my knowledge of the things happening in the world and I appreciate news sites even more.” – Student, Yale University, CT

“The reporting on this sight is in depth and accurate.” – Administrator/Staff, SUNY Cortland, NY

“[It]offers a welcome dose of timely global news each morning.” – Student, University of Wisconsin, WI

“I love it. I think it is an awesome resource as a HS teacher.” – High School Teacher, Harrison High School, IN

“[Wider range of countries covered] when I read Daily Chatter and am exposed to stories from places of which I have no prior knowledge or wouldn’t come up as often in mainstream news sources.” – Student, Brown University, RI

“It allows me to inform my children in home school of the world around them. We weren’t doing [this] before this publication.” – Home School Parent Instructor, U.S.

“It has made all the difference. I am still a student from a developing country and am unable to afford the paywalls many newspapers put up. Having access to well-researched, non-partisan, analytical news sources has helped me grow my worldview and knowledge of world events, along with helping me with research.” – Student, Yonsei University, South Korea

“It helped me prep for a competition and know more about world affairs.” – Student, Carnegie Vanguard High School, TX

“Having free access [to DailyChatter] means I am aware of the happenings of the entire globe – from the smallest island nation to the largest.” – Student, Hillsdale College, MI

“It has helped increase knowledge of global news and affairs for me. This is especially important as a student who may not be able to access these types of resources otherwise.” – Student, University of Minnesota, MN

“It’s been incredibly useful for me because I’m hesitant to pay for media which I may or may not be able to trust. Daily Chatter has earned my attention!” – Student, University of Notre Dame, IN

“I teach a cultural geography class and we always have a conversation around the news we see in Daily Chatter.” – Teacher, Fort Worth Academy, TX

“…the format of this service is perfect for students who are busy throughout the day and have limited time to read articles outside of what is assigned to them. Within a week of subscribing, I started recommending the service to many of my peers…” – Student, University of New Orleans, LA

“It has encouraged me to take action globally, be culturally aware, and practice empathy and understanding in every situation.” – Student, Wesleyan University, CT

“It makes news much more accessible, and I find myself looking forward to reading it every morning.” – High School Student, Boston Latin School, MA