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 key areas of inquiry include:
- trust, partisanship, and polarization in journalism
- news innovation, news business models, and new technology
- data journalism, open source, and transparency
- social media, including misinformation, user-generated content, and algorithmic accountability
- political journalism and political communication
- artificial intelligence (ethics, values, and changes to journalism, knowledge, and labor)
I'm the author of two books, Making News at the New York Times, and Interactive Journalism: Hackers, Data, and Code, and a co-editor of the Oxford University Press book series, "Journalism and Political Communication Unbound." Currently, I am an associate professor at The George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs and an associate professor in the University of Illinois' College of Media (Institute for Communication Research Faculty, Journalism Department) with an affiliate appointment in the Department of Communication.