For the first time, journalists across Europe view new media as an asset and not a hindrance to their work, a new survey claims.

The annual Digital Journalism Study, which was carried out by the Oriella PR network, polled a total of 774 journalists across 21 countries.

The findings highlight the demands on today's journalists, with 46 per cent claiming they are expected to produce more content than ever before.

Despite these findings, the study claims overall job satisfaction remains "overwhelmingly high".

In fact, nearly half of the respondents said digital and social media has improved their work, 7 per cent more than last year.

However, concern over the future of print media was also high, with over half fearing their publication's offline formats may face the axe in the future, compared with 32 per cent in 2009.

In response, growing numbers of publications appear to be implementing or looking into paid-content strategies, from paywalls and subscriptions to iPhone apps.

Twitter and social media

The study also suggested that more newsrooms are continuing to reach out into social media, with less than 15 per cent of the journalists surveyed saying their publications support no social media, down from a quarter two years ago.

Journalists' use of Twitter has only grown by six per cent in the last year across the globe, according to the study, with publications in the UK one of the top three users.

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