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Research Interests 

My research interests lie in the intersection of social media, diffusion of misinformation, and audience analysis. 


I investigate how false rumors and corrections are produced, developed, and disseminated among social media users such as Twitter, Facebook, and other platforms. These projects aim to uncover 1) the grammar of communication infrastructure (e.g., search engines and social media), 2) social and psychological determinants of media trust, 3) the potential outcomes of misinformation at the individual and aggregate level.  


Currently I am working on the following projects such as : 

1) How do digital media platforms and their algorithms influence information flow? 

2) How do innovative practices, new ideas, and messages diffuse among organizations and individuals ? 

3) What are the best strategies to promote high-quality information in the age of the platform?


Peer-Reviewed Journal Publications


  • Shin, J. (2020). How do partisans consume news on social media? : A comparison of self-reports with digital trace measures among Twitter users". Social Media + Society. [ PDF 

  • Shin, J., & Valente, T. (2020). Algorithms and health misinformation: A case study of vaccine book on Amazon. Journal of Health Communication. [ PDF ]   

  • Liu, W., & Shin, J. (2019). Convergence or divergence: Exploring different mechanisms driving children’s rights organizations’ offline versus online interorganizational alliance building. Telematics and Informatics, 42. [ PDF

  • Shin, J., Jian, L., Driscoll, K. and Bar, F. (2018). The Diffusion of Misinformation on Social Media: Temporal Pattern, Message, and Source. Computers in Human Behavior, 83, 278-287. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2018.02.008 [ PDF ]

  • Lee, C., Shin, J., & Hong, A. (2018). Direct and indirect effects of social media use on political news consumption: Does social media use really make people polarized? Telematics and Informatics, 35(1), 245-254. doi: 10.1016/j.tele.2017.11.005 [ PDF​ ]

  • Shin, J., & Thorson, K. (2017). Partisan selective sharing: The biased diffusion of fact-checking messages on social media. Journal of Communication, 67(2), 232-255. doi :10.1111/jcom.12284 [ PDF ]​


  • Shin, J., Jian, L., Driscoll, K., & Bar, F. (2017). Political Rumoring on Twitter During the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election: Rumor Diffusion and Correction, New Media & Society, 19(8), 1214-1235. [ PDF


  • Jian, L., & Shin, J. (2015). Motivations behind readers’ donation to crowd-funded journalism, Mass Communication and Society, 18(2), 165-185. doi:10.1080/15205436.2014.911328 [ PDF



Book Chapters          


  • Shin, J. (2010). Developing tomorrow’s leaders today: Insights from CCL. In Weekly Biz (Ed.)., Seoul, Korea: Book21.


  • Shin, J. (2008). Consumption of luxury brands. In J. S. Park (Ed.), Meet the CEO of the 21st Century. Seoul, Korea: Kim-YoungSa.

Book Review


  • Shin, J. (2013). Digital development in Korea: Building an information society, International Journal of Communication, 23(7), 1490-1493.

Selected Conference Presentations      

  • Measuring news quality: What determines popularity of news stories on social media. The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) in News quality in the platform era. New York, NY. November, 2020. 

  • Partisan selective exposure on social media: Individual preference and community structure. Association for Education in Journnalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). San Francisco, CA. August, 2020. 


  • Twitter adoption and inter-organizational alliances among international health organizations. XXXIX Sunbelt Social Network conference of the International Network for Social Network Analysis (INSNA). Montreal, Canada. June, 2019. 


  • Shin, J. & Valente, T. The role of recommendation in curating vaccine information: A case study of books on Amazon. Paper accepted for presentation to Information System division at the International Communication Association. Washington, DC. May, 2019. 

  • Shin, J., Jian, L., Driscoll, K., & Francois, B. The Diffusion of Misinformation on Social Media: Temporal Pattern, Message, and Source. Paper accepted for presentation to Mass Communication division at the National Communication Association. Chicago, IL. November, 2017. (* Top Paper Award, Mass Communication Division) 


  • Shin, J., Jian, L., Driscoll, K., & Francois, B. Lifecycle analysis of rumors: Insights from the meme concept. Paper presented at Information Systems division at the International Communication Association. San Diego, CA. May, 2017.


  • Shin, J., Park, M., & Liu, W. Diffusion of Social Media Among International Nonprofit Organizations. Paper presented at the Communication Networks division at the XXXVI Sunbelt Social Networks Conference. Newport Beach, CA. March, 2016.


  • Liu, W., Shin, J. & Fulk, J. Convergence or Divergence: Exploring different mechanisms driving NGOs’ cross platform inter-organizational networks. Paper presented at International Communication Association Conference. Fukuoka, Japan, May, 2016.


  • Shin, J., Jian, L., Driscoll, K., & Bar, F. Diffusion and correction of misinformation. Paper presented at the Association of Internet Researchers IR16 Conference. Phoenix, AZ, October, 2015.


  • Shin, J., Jian, L., Driscoll, K., & Bar, F.  Network structure of rumor-tellers and debunkers: Exploring diffusion of political rumors during the 2012 US presidential election. Paper presented in the Communication Networks division at the XXXV Sunbelt Social Networks Conference. Brighton, UK, June, 2015.

  • Shin, J., Jian, L., Driscoll, K., & Bar, F. Diffusion of misinformation in social networking sites: using big data approaches. Paper presented at the International Symposia of Green, Smart, Development and Vision (GSDV). Seoul, Korea, December, 2014.


  • Shin, J. The role of online-devices in non-verbal politeness. Paper presented in the Communication and Technology Session at the International Communication Association. Seattle, WA, May, 2014.


  • Shin, J. Information diffusion and the two-step flow theory. Paper presented in the Online Networks division at the XXXIV Sunbelt Social Networks Conference. St. Petersburg, FL, February, 2014.


  • Shin, J. Driving force behind readers’ donation to crowd-funded journalism. Paper presented in the Mass Communication division at the International Communication Association Conference. Phoenix, AZ, May 2012.


  • Shin, J. Emoticons as Politeness Functions: The impacts of non-verbal cues on perceived politeness in computer-mediated communication. Paper presented in the Nonverbal Communication division at the National Communication Association Conference. New Orleans, LA, November, 2011

  • Shin, J. Social Media and Investigative Journalism: How the Internet contributes to the distributed reporting. Paper presented in the Journalism Division at the Annual Asia Society Summit. Singapore, October, 2007.

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