Lucas Graves

Assistant Professor



Lucas Graves is an Assistant Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. His research focuses on new organizations and practices in the emerging news ecosystem, and more broadly on the challenges which digital, networked communications pose to established media and political institutions. He is currently at work on a book about the fact-checking movement in American journalism.

Graves has written and spoken on a wide number of topics relating to new media, including blogs and “annotative journalism”; open-source culture and copyright reform; and the technical and political roots of “network neutrality.” He co-authored the first two reports published by the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia’s journalism school, on Internet advertising metrics and on business models for online news. He is also a research fellow at the New America Foundation, where he authored a report and organized a conference on professional fact-checking sites. Graves writes occasionally for the Columbia Journalism Review and for the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University.

At SJMC Graves teaches courses including J618, Mass Media and Political Behavior; J561, Mass Communication and Society; and J335, Intermediate Reporting. In the spring of 2014 he will teach “Data, Fact, Truth,” an advanced graduate seminar on journalism as a form of knowledge production.

Before joining the faculty of SJMC, Graves worked as a magazine journalist and as a media and technology analyst. He has written dozens of articles for Wired magazine on topics as varied as citizen journalism, doomsday cults, and the future of advertising; his work has also appeared in Interview, Time Out New YorkFood & WineThe Brooklyn Rail, and many other publications. From 1999 to 2002 Graves was an analyst at Jupiter Research, from New York City and then São Paulo.

Graves received his doctorate and an M.S. in journalism from Columbia University. He holds a B.A. in political science from the University of Chicago. His Twitter handle is @gravesmatter.

Selected articles and posts:

In Defense of Factchecking,” CJR, Aug 9, 2013.

What We Can Learn from the Factcheckers’ Ratings,” CJR, Jun 4, 2013.

The Fact-Checking Universe in Spring 2012: An Overview, New America Foundation, February 2012 (with Tom Glaysier).

Digging deeper into The New York Times’ Fact-Checking Faux Pas,” Nieman Journalism Lab, Jan 18, 2012.

The Story So Far: What We Know about the Business of Digital Journalism, Tow Center for Digital Journalism, May 2011 (with Bill Grueskin & Ava Seave).

Traffic Jam: Why We’ll Never Agree About Audience Size,” CJR, Sep 7, 2010.