Nikki Usher

Professor, Journalist and more…

Presentations


Recent Public Presentations

I’m often found giving talks at home and abroad. Highlights of late include a talk at the University of Oregon and in Denmark as a keynote at the NODA17 Data Journalism Conference. A huge highlight was serving as a solo guest for State Department Tour of Germany and Austria on journalism innovation as part of the European Speakers Network in 2015–a tour which led me to press clubs, newsrooms, embassies, and universities across the region.

Sample (list regularly changes)

New York University (guest of Jay Rosen) – February 2015. UNC Chapel Hill – November 2014. Yale University – October 2014. The National Press Club: Making News at The New York Times (book) – June 2014.  Post-Industrial Journalism and Newsroom Moves – Columbia University School of Journalism – April 2014. The Washington Post – Data Journalism (November 2014, June 2014). AAJA Annual Conference – August 2014.  Columbia University – Tow Center for Digital Journalism – Fall 2013… ask for more!

Conference Presentations

Regular attendance to present draft papers and preliminary research at the International Communication Association (2007-2015, 2017); National Communication Association (2007-2010); Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (2008; 2012; 2014; 2015; 2016). Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching (2014).

Usher, Nikki. (2015, May). Newsroom Moves and The Newspaper Crisis Evaluated: Space, Place and Cultural Meaning. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Puerto Rico.

Usher, Nikki. (2015, May). Newsroom Spaces and Cultural Identity in Metropolitan Newsrooms. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Puerto Rico.

Usher, Nikki. (2014, August). Making Business News: A Production Analysis of The New York Times. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Education in Mass Communication and Journalism, Montreal.

Usher, Nikki. (2014, May). Etherpad in the Classroom. Presentation at the annual meeting of the Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching, Bethesda, MD.

Usher, Nikki. (2014, May). Looking at News Ethnography and Technodeterminism. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Seattle.

Usher, Nikki. (2013, August). Mapping Business News Values: An Ethnographic Study of The New York Times. Paper presented at the Media Sociology pre-conference for the American Sociological Association, New York.

Usher, Nikki and Lewis, Seth. (2013, June). Journalists, Hackers and the Boundary Object of News: Establishing a New Contact Language for News Innovation. Paper presented at  the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, London.

Usher, Nikki. (2013, June). Al-Jazeera English Online: Understanding Web Metrics and News Production when a Quantified Audience is not a Commodified Audience. Paper accepted for presentation at the International Communication Association, London.

Usher, Nikki. (2013, June). Castells’ Space of Flows and the International Herald Tribune across three time zones: Does time matter? Does a physical product matter?. Paper accepted for presentation at the International Communication Association pre-conference on Objects of Journalism, London.

Usher, Nikki, Lewis, Seth and Kominak, Todd (2012, August). Imagining the Future of Journalism Through Open-Source Journalism: A Qualitative Study of the Knight-Mozilla News Technology Partnership. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Chicago.

Usher, Nikki and Lewis, Seth (2012, May). A Mixed-Methods Inquiry Into Studying News Innovation Through the Study of Journalists and Technologists. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Phoenix, AZ.

Usher, Nikki (2012, May). A Digital Strategy Journey at NPR: Accepting Ambiguity During Change. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Phoenix, AZ.

Usher, Nikki and Weiss, Elisheva (2012, May). Spot.us: A Case Study of a New Business Model for News and its Implications for Journalists. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Phoenix, AZ.

Usher, Nikki and Lewis, Seth (2012, May). Open Source and Journalism: Toward New Frameworks for Imagining News Innovation. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Phoenix, AZ.

Usher, Nikki (2012, May). Online+: Theorizing the Audience-News Engagement Across Social Media. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Phoenix, AZ.

Jian, Lian and Usher, Nikki (2011, November). Crowd-Funded News. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, New Orleans.

Usher, Nikki and Riley, Patricia (2011, May). Going Web-First at The Christian Science Monitor: A three-part study of change. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Boston.

Usher, Nikki (2011, May). News Routine or Deliberate Choice: News Construction at MoneyTalk Public Radio. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Boston.

Usher, Nikki (2011, May). Miniplenary: Mapping the Relationship Between Citizen Journalists and Professional Journalists. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Boston.

Usher, Nikki (2011, May). The Decline and Adaptation of Gay Newspapers. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Boston.

Usher, Nikki, Riley, Patricia and Porter, Vikki (2010, June). Histories of Public Broadcasters Online: NPR. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Singapore.

Usher, Nikki and Riley, Patricia (2010, April). Reshaping the Public Radio Newsroom for the Digital Future. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Symposium of Online Journalism, Austin, TX.

Gonzalez, Carmen, Usher, Nikki, Villanueva, George and Moreno, Evelyn. (2009, November). Retelling South Los Angeles: The Challenges and Opportunities of Research Partnership with one community-based organization. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Chicago, IL (From USC’s Metamorphosis research group).

Dong, Fan, Chen, Nien-Tsu, Villanueva, George, Usher, Nikki, Chavez, Christopher, Huang, Jin, Lopez, Yvonne and Carrillo, Wendy. (2009, November). The Alhambra Project: Building a Sustainable Community through the Re-localization of News in Alhambra, Los Angeles County. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Chicago IL. (From USC’s Metamorphosis research group).

Riley, Patricia, Hollihan, Thomas and Usher, Nikki. (2009, August). Arguing for Survival: Strategic Communication and Narrative Accounts of Change in the News Industry. Paper presented at the Biennial NCA/AFA Summer Argumentation Conference, Alta, UT.

Usher, Nikki and Riley, Patricia. (2009, May). Organizational Culture and the Capacity for Change at Public Service News Organizations. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Chicago, IL.

Usher, Nikki. (2009, May). Goodbye to the News: Using Journalists’ Last Words to Unpack the “Structures of Feeling” of Journalism in Transition. Paper presented at the International Communication Association, Chicago, IL.

Usher, Nikki. (2008, November). Reviewing Fauxtography: A blog-driven challenge to mass media power without the promises of networked publicity. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, San Diego, CA.

Usher, Nikki. (2008, November). Gay Sex Scandals: Toward a Typology of Mediated Scandal Scripts. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, San Diego, CA.

Usher, Nikki. (2008, May). Recovery from Disaster: How Journalists at the New Orleans Times-Picayune Understand the Role of a Post-Katrina Newspaper. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Montreal, Canada.

Usher, Nikki and Morrison, Eleanor G. (2008, May). The Demise of the Gay Enclave, Communication Infrastructure Theory, and the Reconstitution of Gay Public Space. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Montreal, Canada.

Usher, Nikki. (2007, November). Equality Ride: Examining Argument, Ritual, and Consummatory Rhetoric Through a Faith-Based New Social Movement. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Chicago, IL.

Usher, Nikki. (2007, November). Evangelizing Pro-gay Discourse: Gay Christian Rhetoric and the Reclamation of Moral Values for Sexual Minorities. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Chicago, IL. (TOP PAPER AWARD).

Riley, Patricia, Hollihan, Thomas and Usher, Nikki. (2007, August). Arguments for Local Control in a Global Marketplace: The Struggle for the Los Angeles Times. Paper presented at the Biennial NCA/AFA Summer Argumentation Conference, Alta, UT.

Usher, Nikki. (2007, August). Visual Argument and Interactive Visual Images: “Virtual” Experience and the Consequences for Argument. Paper presented at the Biennial NCA/AFA Summer Argumentation Conference, Alta, UT.

Usher, Nikki. (2007, August). Recovery in New Orleans and the Times-Picayune: Reviewing the Limits of Objectivity, the Possibilities of Advocacy and the Reform of Public Journalism. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Washington, DC.

Usher, Nikki. (2007, February). Do the Five W’s Still Matter?: A Quantitative Examination of the Education Priorities of Journalism Students in a New Media World. Paper presented at the Association of Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Mid-Winter Conference, Reno, NV.

Invited Talks

Usher, Nikki (2012, May). The Reconstruction of International Journalism. Talk presented at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Usher, Nikki (2011, October). Watchdogs and the Financial Crisis: The New York Times. Talk presented at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Usher, Nikki. (2010, March). Emerging Media Technologies. Talk presented at Women Action Media New York City Conference.

Usher, Nikki. (2009, September). Breaking Down Media Metrics. Talk presented at CUNY-Staten Island School Department of Communication and Culture.