Assistant Professor, Arizona State University



peer reviewed Articles

Ferrucci, P. & Nelson, J.L. (Forthcoming). The New Advertisers: How Foundation Funding Impacts Journalism. Media and Communication.

Ferrucci, P. & Nelson, J.L. (2019). Lessons From the Megachurch: Understanding Journalism’s Turn to Membership. Journal of Media and Religion.

Nelson, J.L. (2019). The Next Media Regime: The Pursuit of ‘Audience Engagement’ in Journalism. Journalism.

Nelson, J.L. (2019). The Persistence of the Popular in Mobile News Consumption. Digital Journalism.

Nelson, J.L., & Tandoc, E. (2018). Doing ‘Well’ or Doing ‘Good’: What Audience Analytics Reveal about Journalism’s Competing Goals. Journalism Studies.

Belair-Gagnon, V., Nelson, J.L., & Lewis, S.C. (2018). Audience Engagement, Reciprocity, and the Pursuit of Community Connectedness in Public Media Journalism. Journalism Practice.

Nelson, J.L. (2018). The Elusive Engagement Metric. Digital Journalism

Nelson, J. L., & Taneja, H. (2018). The Small, Disloyal Fake News Audience: The Role of Audience Availability in Fake News Consumption. New Media & Society

Nelson, J.L. & Lei, R.F. (2017). The Effect of Digital Platforms on News Audience Behavior. Digital Journalism

Nelson, J.L. (2017). And Deliver Us To Segmentation: The Growing Appeal of the Niche News Audience. Journalism Practice

Nelson, J.L.  & Webster, J.G. (2017). The Myth of Partisan Selective Exposure: A Portrait of the Online Political News Audience. Social Media + Society

Nelson, J.L., Lewis, D.A., & Lei, R. (2017). Digital Democracy in America: A Look at Civic Engagement in an Internet Age. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly

Nelson, J.L. & Webster, J.G. (2016). Audience Currencies in the Age of Big Data. International Journal on Media Management

Nelson, J.L. & Lewis, D.A. (2015). Training Social Justice Journalists: A Case Study. Journalism & Mass Communication Educator

other publications

Nelson, J.L. (2019, July 12). Currencies cannot change. Social Media & Society.

Wenzel, A. & Nelson, J.L. (2019, June 18). We listened to academics and practitioners talk about engaged journalism. Here’s what we learned. Tow Center for Digital Journalism.

Nelson, J.L. (2019, February 7). Journalism needs an audience to survive, but isn’t sure how to earn its loyalty.
The Conversation

Nelson, J.L. (2019, January 23). What is Fox News? Researchers want to know.
Columbia Journalism Review

Nelson, J.L. (2018, April 30). The audience engagement industry struggles with measuring success.
Columbia Journalism Review

Nelson, J.L. (2017, November 29). Membership in News Literature Review.
The Membership Puzzle Project

Nelson, J.L. (2017, November 3). How Perceptions of the News Audience Shape Pursuits of the News Audience.
Tow Center for Digital Journalism.

Nelson, J.L.  (2017, January 31). Is ‘Fake News’ a Fake Problem? 
Columbia Journalism Review

Nelson, J.L. & Webster, J.G. (2016, May 20). Audience Currencies in the Age of Big Data. 

Nelson, J.L. (2015, September 30). Digital News Audiences Shift to Mobile as Platform Widens Margin vs. Desktop
Digital Content Next

Webster, J.G. & Nelson, J.L. (2015, May 15). Accounting for Attention Minutes as Currency
Digital Content Next

Book Chapters

Webster, J.G. & Nelson, J.L. (2016). The Evolution of News Consumption: A Structurational Interpretation. In M. Mortensen, J. Ørmen & J.L. Jensen (Eds.), News Across Media. New York, NY: Routledge.