Nikki Usher

Professor, Journalist and more…



Usher, Nikki (2016). Interactive Journalism: Hackers, Data and Code. Champaign-Urbana: University of Illinois Press. Contract approved, manuscript complete.

Usher, Nikki (2014). Making News at The New York Times. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.


Usher, Nikki (2017). Digital Journalism Venture-backed News Startups and the Field of Journalism: Challenges, Changes, and Consistencies. Digital Journalism. Published online before print.

Usher, Nikki (2017). Making Business News: A Production Analysis of The New York Times. International Journal of Communication 11, 363-382.

Usher, Nikki (2017). Breaking News Production Processes in US Metropolitan Newsrooms. Journalism. Published online before print. 

Usher, Nikki (2016). The Appropriation/Amplification Model of Citizen Journalism: An Account of Structural Limits and the Political Economy of Participatory Content Creation. Journalism Practice. Published online before print. 

Carlson, Matt and Usher, Nikki (2015). News Startups as Agents of Innovation: For-profit digital news startup manifestos as metajournalistic discourse. Digital Journalism. Final Version.

Usher, Nikki (2015). Newsrooms Moving Newsrooms: Space, Place and Cultural Meaning. Media, Culture & Society. Final Version.

Usher, Nikki (2014). The Late Great International Herald Tribune and The New York Times: Space, Time, Print and Online Coordination in a 24-7 Networked World. Journalism, 16(1), 119-133. Draft version

Usher, Nikki (2014). Spot.Us: A Case Study of a New News Business Model and its Implications for Journalism. Cinergie, 5(4).

Lewis, Seth and Usher, Nikki (2014). Code, Collaboration and the Future of Journalism: A Case Study of the Hacks Hackers Global Network. Digital Journalism, 2(3), 383-393. Final Version

Jian, Lian and Usher, Nikki (2014). Crowd-Funded Journalism: The Case of Spot.Us. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 19(2), 155-170.  Final Version-HTML

Lewis, Seth and Usher, Nikki (2013). Open Source and Journalism: Toward New Frameworks for Imagining News Innovation. Media, Culture & Society, 35(5), 602-619. Draft Version

Usher, Nikki (2013). Understanding Web Metrics and News Production: When a Quantified Audience is not a Commodified Audience. Digital Journalism, 1(3), 335-351. Draft Version

Usher, Nikki (2013). Marketplace Public Radio and News Routines Reconsidered: Between Structures and Agents. Journalism, 14(6), 807-822. Final Version

Usher, Nikki (2013). Ignored, Uninterested and The Blame Game: How The New York Times, Marketplace, and TheStreet Distanced Themselves from Preventing the 2007-2009 Financial Crisis. Journalism, 14(2), 190-207. Final Version

Usher, Nikki (2012).  Reshaping the Public Radio Newsroom for the Digital Future. Radio Journal, 10 (1), 65-79. Draft Version

Usher, Nikki (2012). Going Web-First at the Christian Science Monitor: A three-part study of change. International Journal of Communication, 6, 1898–1917. Final Version

Usher, Nikki (2012). Service Journalism as Community Experience: Personal Technology and Personal Finance at The New York Times. Journalism Practice, 6 (1) 107-121

Usher, Nikki and Layser, Michelle. (2010). The Quest to Save Journalism: A Legal Analysis of New Models for Newspapers from Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Organizations to L3Cs. Utah Law Review. Final Version

Usher, Nikki. (2010). Goodbye to the News: How out of Work Journalists Assess Enduring News Values and the New Media Landscape. New Media & Society, 12 (6), 911-928. Final Version

Usher, Nikki. (2010). Resurrecting the 1938 St. Louis Post-Dispatch Symposium on the Freedom of the Press: Examining its contributions and their implications for today. Journalism Studies, 11(3), 311-326. Final Version

Usher, Nikki. (2009). The Iraq War Online: News Graphics and Interactive Argument. Journal of Visual Literacy, 28(12), 116-128.  Final Version

Usher, Nikki. (2009). Recovery from Disaster: How journalists at the New Orleans Times-Picayune understand the role of a post-Katrina newspaper. Journalism Practice, 3(2), 216-232. Final Version

Usher, Nikki. (2009). Reviewing Fauxtography: A blog-driven challenge to mass media power without the promises of networked publicity. First Monday, 13(12). Retrieved from


Usher, Nikki (2014). Moving The Newsroom: Post-Industrial News Spaces and Places. Prepared for the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism


Usher, Nikki (2014). Anderson Cooper and Jodie Foster: The Glass Closet and Gay Visibility in The Media. The Foster Forum. QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking, 1(1), 193-197.


Usher, Nikki (forthcoming). Immediacy Reconsidered: The Crisis of Journalism Reviewed. In Jeffery Alexander, Elizabeth Breese and Maria Luengo. The Crisis of Journalism Reconsidered. New York: Oxford University Press. Draft Version.

Usher, Nikki (2013). Service Journalism as Community Experience: Personal Technology and Personal Finance at The New York Times. In Folker Hanusch (Eds.) Lifestyle Journalism. New York: Routledge.

Usher, Nikki, Riley, Patricia and Porter, Vikki (2012). US Public Service Broadcasting: The Case of National Public Radio Online. In Niels Brugger and Maureen Burns (Eds.), Histories of Public Service Broadcasting Online. New York: Peter Lang. Final Version.

Usher, Nikki (2011). Professional Journalists – Hands Off! Citizen Journalism as Civic Responsibility. In Robert McChesney and Victor Pickard (Eds.), Will The Last Reporter Please Turn Out the Lights?: The Collapse of Journalism and What Can Be Done to Fix It. New York, The New Press. Final Version.

Usher, Nikki (2011). US Public Radio Moves Online: How Routines, Newsroom Decision-Making and Professional Identity adapt to Change. In David Domingo and Chris Patterson (Eds.), Making Online News, 2nd Edition. New York, Peter Lang. Final Version.

Usher, Nikki and Morieson, Lucy (2011). Mapping the Future of News in a Digital World:  Australian and US Perspectives. In Daniel Araya, Tessa Houghton and Yana Briendel (Eds.), Nexis: New Intersections in Internet Research. New York: Peter Lang. Final Version.

Usher, Nikki and Morrison, Eleanor. (2010). The Demise of the Gay Enclave, Communication Infrastructure Theory and the Transformation of Gay Public Space. In Chris Pullen and Margaret Cooper (Eds)., LGBT Identity and Online New Media. Los Angeles: Sage.

Usher, Nikki and Schuh, Janel S. (2010). “I’m Sorry, Oh So Sorry”: The Ethics of Celebrity Apologies for Bigoted Speech. In Sandra L. Borden and Howard Good (Eds)., The Ethics of Entertainment. New York: McFarland.


Riley, Patricia, Usher, Nikki and Hollihan, Thomas. (2011).  Arguing for Survival: Strategic  Communication and Narrative Accounts of Change in the News Industry. In Dennis Gourian (Ed.),  The Selected Papers of the 13th NCA/AFA Conference on Argumentation. Washington, DC: National Communication Association.

Riley, Patricia, Hollihan, Thomas and Usher, Nikki. (2011). Arguing for Survival: Strategic Communication and Narrative Accounts of Change in the News Industry. In Dennis Gourian (Ed.),  The Selected Papers of the 13th NCA/AFA Conference on Argumentation. Washington, DC: National Communication Association.

Usher, Nikki B. (2009). Visual Argument and Interactive Visual Images: “Virtual” Experience and the Consequences for Argument. In Scott Jacobs (Ed.), Selected Papers From the 12th NCA/AFA Conference in Argumentation. Annandale, VA: National Communication Association, p. 695-702.


Usher, Nikki. (2014). Dean Starkman: The Watchdog that Didn’t Bark. International Journal of Communication, 8.

Usher, Nikki. (2014). Out of Print: Newspapers, Journalism and The Business of News in the Digital Age. International Journal of Communication, 8.

Usher, Nikki. (2012). Wikileaks: News in the Networked Era: Charlie Beckett and James Ball. Political Communication, 29(4), 198.

Usher, Nikki. (2011).  The Changing Business of Journalism and Its Implications for Democracy (Ed. David Levy and Rasmus Kleis Nielson). Journalism.

Usher, Nikki. (2010). Pablo J. Boczkowski: News at Work: Imitation in an Age of Information Abundance.  Journal of  Communication, 60 (4).

Usher, Nikki.  (2009). Michael Schudson: Why Democracies Need an Unlovable Press. International Journal of Communication, 3, 647-651.

Usher, Nikki.  (2009). Review Essay: Global Journalism Studies: Three Books and a Look at the Future. International Journal of Communication, 2(2), 140-145.


Tankard Award winner – annual book award from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (2015).

Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver Outstanding Woman Junior Scholar, AEJMC (2015).

International Communication Association – Top Paper Award- Honorable Mention (2014).

Reynolds Fellow, Reynolds Journalism Institute -University of Missouri School of Journalism (2014-present) – $25,000 fellowship plus travel grant and course release.

Dean’s Extended Research Grant, Columbian College, George Washington University (2014-2015) – $2,000

Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication- Emerging Scholar (2014-present). $2, 500 grant plus conference travel.

Tow Fellow at the Columbia School of Journalism’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism (2013-present). $21,000 grant for research into newsrooms and physical and digital space, non-residential fellowship.

International Communication Association’s Journalism Studies Division -Dissertation of the Year Award (2012): The Gene Burd Urban Dissertation Research Prize. $1,000 prize.


Journalism & Communication Monographs – only un-tenured member of the board

Social Media & Society – Open Access Sage Journal

International Journal of Communication– Only non-tenured member of editorial board.

Digital Journalism- Founding editorial board member, only un-tenured members.


Making News at The New York Times – European Journal of Communication, Political Communication, International Journal of Communication, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Journal of Media Innovation, Nieman Journalism Lab, Choice Books

Lifestyle Journalism – Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly

Will the Last Reporter Please Turn Out The Lights – Journalism

Making Online News – New Media & Society


The Conversation US


MIT Press, Journal of Communication, International Journal of Communication, Communication Theory, Journalism, Journalism Practice, Journalism Studies, Digital Journalism, International Communication Gazette, International Journal of Press/Politics, New Media and Society, Media, Culture and Society