According to a new study from the Newspaper Association of America, conducted by ComScore, the audience engaged with newspaper digital content reached a new peak in August 2014, rising 18% to 164 million unique visitors (adults 18+) from 139 million in August 2013. That audience level was 25 million larger than a year ago. Newspaper Digital Audience (Millions of Unique Visitors 18+; August 2013 - August 2014) 2013 Visitors (MM) Aug 139 Sep 141 Oct 142 Nov 148 Dec 147 2014 Jan 146 Feb 145 Mar 161 Apr 155 May 153 Jun 155 Jul 157 Aug 164 Source: NAA/ComScore, October 2014 Additional data from the study also revealed that: 80% of U.S. adults who were online in August accessed newspaper digital content, also a new peak. Over the past year, young women (ages 18-24) were the fastest-growing segment of the newspaper digital audience, rising 38%. 92% of women ages 25-34 read newspaper digital content, the greatest reach among any age or gender. Those who use only mobile devices, smartphones or tablets, to access newspaper digital media now exceed those who use only desktop/laptop computers and those who used both kinds of machines during the month. Along with the rise in unique visitors, the proportion of the total online audience reached by newspaper digital platforms has grown. Eight in 10 adults engaged with newspaper digital content in August 2014. That compares with a reach of two-thirds (65%) of adults in June 2013. The reach of newspaper digital content was highest among those ages 25-34. More than eight in 10 are also reached in the 35-44 and 45-54 age segments. Both the oldest group (55+) and the youngest group (18-24) have lower reach. Net Reach by Age Group (Newspaper Digital Audience; August 2014) Age Group Digital Audience 18- 0% 18+ 80% 25-34 85% 35-44 82% 45-54 81% 55+ 77% Source: NAA/ComScore, October 2014 A more detailed look at the net reach by probing age and gender together sheds additional light on the newspaper digital audience. The fastest-growing segment of the newspaper digital audience over the past 12 months has been with young women, age 18-24, which increased 38%. The groups next highest in growth were men 35-44 and men 45-54, which rose 31% each. The number of older women, those age 55 and over, using newspaper digital content increased by 21%, above the overall gain reflected in the total adult figure (+18%). % Change in Unique Visitors by Age & Gender (Newspaper Digital Audience; August 2014 vs. August 2013) Segment Digital Audience Adults 18% Men 18-24 43% 25-34 16% 35-44 31% 45-54 31% 55+ 10% Women 18-24 38% 25-34 18% 35-44 9% 45-54 8% 55+ 21% Source: NAA/ComScore, October 2014 Different growth rates for age and gender segments over time translate into different levels of net reach for newspaper digital media enterprises. Newspaper digital media have the highest reach among women ages 25-34, with more than nine in 10 (92%) engaged with that content in August 2014. Net Reach by Age & Gender (Newspaper Digital Audience; August 2014) Group Digital Audience Adults 80% Men 18-24 71% 25-34 78% 35-44 84% 45-54 86% 55+ 81% Women 18-24 73% 25-34 92% 35-44 80% 45-54 76% 55+ 74% Source: NAA/ComScore, October 2014 Mobile devices are clearly providing a significant boost to the newspaper digital audience, says the report. Those who use only mobile devices for their newspaper digital access more than doubled in the past year, with their unique visitor count rising 102%. In contrast, the audience that uses only desktop or laptop machines for newspaper digital access dropped by 16%. US Digital Newspaper Audience Growth (% Change vs. Previous Year) Audience % Growth From Previous Year Total Digital Audience +18% Mobile only +102% Desktop/laptop only -16% Both +48% Source: NAA/ComScore, October 2014 As a result of the large increase among those using only mobile for newspaper digital access, that group is now the biggest piece of the three segments, representing 38% of the total. The desktop/laptop group is 34% of the total and those who use both kinds of access platforms are 28% of the total, explains the report. Young women 18-24 are the segment with the largest increase in using only mobile devices for their newspaper digital access. Compared with August 2013, the number of young women engaged with newspaper digital content only via mobile surged 204%. Percent Change, Unique Visitors by Age & Gender (Mobile-Only Newspaper; Digital Audience August 2014 vs. August 2013) Group Digital Audience Adults 102% Men 18-24 59% 25-34 119% 35-44 188% 45-54 163% 55+ 60% Women 18-24 204% 25-34 80% 35-44 53% 45-54 81% 55+ 122% Source: NAA/ComScore, October 2014 For access to the complete report from ComScore, please visit here.