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Jacob L. Nelson

  • Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Jacob Nelson’s research examines how the news industry grapples with this moment of profound uncertainty following decades of decline in readership, revenue, and public trust. His research focuses on how journalists perceive and attempt to reach their audiences, as well as how those audiences approach the news. His work touches on the most important issues facing journalists today, such as the popularity of fake news leading up to the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the impact of partisan news organizations on online echo chambers, and the role that news audiences should be expected to play in the news production process. 

He is currently studying the growing role of foundation funding in U.S.-based journalism.

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They believe the fake news they are seeing. Even if this is a small group of people compared to the rest of the population, these are people who bought in to a totally false set of stories about how the world is working.

— Jacob Nelson, The News-Gazette