I’m Jessica Renee Collier.
I am a doctoral candidate in Communication Studies, with a concentration in political communication, at the University of Texas at Austin. I also work as a Research Associate for the Center for Media Engagement. I currently serve as President of the Moody College of Communication Graduate Communication Council.
I study how media organizations and technology platforms interact in ways that can be beneficial or detrimental to democracy. I am especially interested in digital environments where outcomes are desired to be positive such as online news sites and those where outcomes are often alleged to be negative such as social media. My work on misinformation examines (1) how social media influence engagement with misinformation and (2) how the rhetoric of misinformation influences individuals’ perceptions of media and democracy. My work with online news examines how digital advertising and aspects of digital media can be used to benefit traditional journalism. Finally, my work with fact-checking organizations combines these interests by exploring how fact check headlines can best be constructed to improve recall and knowledge gain when disseminated via social media.
My work has been published in Mass Communication & Society, as book chapters, and presented at academic meetings including the International Communication Association, American Political Science Association, and American Association for Public Opinion Research as well as industry-led meetings by the International Fact-Checking Network, Facebook, and the Lenfest Institute for Journalism.