Jenna Fisher

Doctoral Student

Jenna Fisher is a first-year doctoral student at the Missouri School of Journalism with a focus on media effects. She is particularly interested in exploring the relationship between media and news literacy and the spread of fake news, misinformation and conspiracy theory. 

Fisher is a journalist with some 15 years of experience working in Boston. She spent about half of that time as an editor and writer for The Christian Science Monitor; the other half as a local daily reporter in the Boston metro area.  She currently strings for the New York Times when news breaks in the St. Louis area. 

Fisher is also an assistant professor at The Principia College in Elsah, IL, where she is the adviser to the college newspaper. She teaches reporting and writing, photojournalism, and media literacy classes. She aims to help students understand the media landscape in a deep, productive way. She also hopes to equip students with the tools to think critically and nurture their curiosity to prepare them to be responsible and engaged participants amid an ever-evolving world. 

Fisher has her masters in journalism from Columbia Journalism School in New York, and an undergraduate degree in Communications from Virginia Tech. She has traveled extensively, loves running, swimming, and snowboarding. 

Updated: September 11, 2023