Nikki Usher, Ph.D.
Welcome! I study how news is changing in the digital and platform era. My research, teaching, and commentary focuses on the myriad challenges and opportunities facing the future of journalism in a democracy. Some current areas of inquiry include:
- elite news media, power, and the political economy of news production
- trust, partisanship, and polarization in journalism
- platform politics, media and tech policy, and the future of journalism
- news innovation, news business models, and new technology
- social media, including misinformation, user-generated content, and algorithmic accountability
I'm the author of three books, News for the Rich, White, and Blue: How Place and Power Distort American Journalism (forthcoming June '21), Making News at the New York Times, and Interactive Journalism: Hackers, Data, and Code. I also co-edit the Oxford University Press book series, "Journalism and Political Communication Unbound." I am an associate professor at the University of Illinois' College of Media (Institute for Communication Research Faculty, Journalism Department) with affiliate appointments in the Communication and Political Science.