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Richard Fletcher

Richard Fletcher

Research Fellow, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism
Green Templeton College

Richard Fletcher is an academic researcher. He is primarily interested in global trends in digital news consumption, comparative media research, the use of social media by journalists and news organizations, and more broadly, the relationship between technology and journalism.

Richard primarily works on the Digital News Project ( and is lead researcher and co-author of the main Digital News Report – the world's largest annual survey of global news consumption. Richard also uses this survey data to underpin comparative cross-national research into trust in the news media, the fragmentation of news audiences, and paying for digital news.

Richard was previously a Junior Research Fellow in the Department of Journalism at City University London. Here he worked on the development and evaluation of SocialSensor ( – a tool designed to allow journalists to collect, process, and aggregate large streams of social media data in order to discover trends, events, influencers, and interesting media content.

Richard’s original undergraduate and employment background was in computer science. Since then he has completed an MSc in Science, Medicine, Technology and Society from Imperial College London and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Surrey.




Recent conference presentations

  • Fletcher, Richard, and Rasmus Kleis Nielsen. 2017. "Incidental Diversity: The Effect of Using Search Engines on Individual News Diet Diversity and Balance." Future of Journalism, Cardiff, UK, September 14-15.
  • Thurman, Neil, and Richard Fletcher. 2017. "Are Newspapers Heading for Post-Print Obscurity? A Case Study of the Independent’s Transition to Online-Only." Future of Journalism, Cardiff, UK, September 14-15.
  • Fletcher, Richard, and Rasmus Kleis Nielsen. 2017. "Generalised Scepticism: How People Navigate News on Social Media." Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, San Francisco, USA, August 31-September 3.

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