Jacob L. Nelson is a PhD candidate researching journalism in Northwestern’s Media, Technology, and Society program. His research uses qualitative and quantitative methods to explore the changing relationship between news producers and their audiences, and the implications of these changes for journalism and democracy.
His work has been published in academic journals including Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, International Journal on Media Management, and Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, and featured on sites like Columbia Journalism Review, MediaShift, and Digital Content Next. He was recently named a finalist for the Presidential Special Call awarded by AEJMC and the Kettering Foundation.
Before graduate school, Jacob spent three years as an editor for Patch, a hyperlocal, online newspaper. He received his BS in journalism from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications.