Rachel Davis Mersey

Former Executive Director, Medill’s Media Leadership Center

Mersey, now a University of Texas professor, is a former associate professor at Medill and fellow at Northwestern’s Institute for Policy Research. She is the author of an influential 2010 book assessing the future of local news, Can Journalism Be Saved? Rediscovering America’s Appetite for News.


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Projects Rachel Davis Mersey has worked on.

Understanding Media Markets

Medill is analyzing data from a variety of media markets in a project to correlate local news consumption with other demographic factors in those areas. Each media market has its own personality, and no single solution can cure the problems of local news everywhere. But by identifying common characteristics, we can draw valid comparisons and share innovative ideas.