What’s RQ1?

RQ1 is a monthly newsletter meant to bring you up to speed on the latest research on news and journalism. Our goal is to give you each month a brief but meaningful overview of a key piece of research from the past month, and also to point you to a rundown on other important work you might want to check out.

Who writes it?

RQ1 is written by Mark Coddington and Seth Lewis, two former journalists who became academics. We met through our Ph.D. program at the University of Texas at Austin, and now we teach and research at Washington and Lee University (Mark) and the University of Oregon (Seth). We both study how journalists do their jobs in a changing digital environment, looking at subjects like data journalism, social media, news engagement, news aggregation, and a whole lot of other areas, too.

We created RQ1 because we’ve had trouble ourselves keeping up with the constant flow of new research on news and journalism, and we want to help you keep up with it as we try to wade through it as well.

Who is it for?

Busy academics, busy journalists, busy students, and anyone else who wants to know what researchers are finding out about news and journalism.

How often does it come out?

Once a month. If we’re running on schedule, it should come out on or shortly after the first of the month.

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A monthly newsletter highlighting the latest in research on news and journalism


Journalism professors at Washington and Lee University and the University of Oregon
Shirley Papé Chair in Emerging Media, School of Journalism and Communication, University of Oregon
Seth Lewis is the Shirley Papé Chair in Emerging Media in the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon. He is co-author of News After Trump (Oxford University Press) and co-founder of the Substack newsletter RQ1.