Dr Benjamin Toff leads the Trust in News Project as a senior research fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford. This project, which began in 2020, examines the factors that shape changing attitudes toward news in Brazil, India, the United Kingdom, and the United States, with the aim of developing evidence-based recommendations for publishers, platforms, and others working on issues around trust and news.
In addition to his appointment at the Reuters Institute, Dr Toff is also an assistant professor at the Hubbard School of Journalism & Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota. He received his PhD in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a bachelor’s degree in Social Studies from Harvard University. He was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Reuters Institute from 2016 to 2017. Prior to his academic career, Dr Toff worked as a professional journalist, mostly as a researcher at the New York Times from 2005 to 2011.