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2011–Present Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT

Assistant Professor of Interactive Media
Department of Film, Video and Interactive Media


2006–2011 Cornell University Ithaca, NY

PhD: Communication, emphasis in technology and media
Dissertation: “Electronic Components and Human Interventions: Distributing Television News Online”

MS: Communication, emphasis in technology and media
Thesis: “Rehashing the Gate: News Values, Non-News Spaces, and the Future of Gatekeeping”

2004–2005 University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA

Master of Bioethics
Thesis: “The Imperatives of Narrative: Health Interest Groups and Morality in Network News”

1999–2003 UC Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA

Bachelor of Science: Sciences in the Media (Individual Studies)
Commencement with Distinction, Academic Excellence and
with Honors

Fellowships and Awards

Anson E. Rowe Award, given by the Cornell Communication Department in recognition of research productivity, teaching excellence and service to the community


Inaugural Kenneth J. Bissett Memorial Teaching Assistant Fellow, Cornell Communication Department/College of Agriculture & Life Sciences


Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award, Cornell University College of Agriculture & Life Sciences


Outstanding Teaching by a Graduate Student Award, International Communication Association

Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellow, National Academy of Sciences

Academic Publications

Braun, J.A. & Niederdeppe, J. (forthcoming). Disruption and Identity Maintenance in Risk Information
Seeking and Processing. Communication Theory.

Braun, J.A. & Gillespie, T. (2011). Hosting the public discourse, hosting the public: When online news and
social media converge. Journalism Practice, 5(4), 383–398. [link]

Braun, J. A. (2010). News Values [encyclopedia entry]. In R. K. Nielsen, B. Peters, & C. W. Anderson (Eds.),
International Collaborative Dictionary of Communication. New York: Social Science
Research Council. [link]

Braun, J. A. (2008).  Book Review: Mark Deuze, Media Work.  New Media and Society, 10(6), 957–959. [link]

Braun, J. A. (2007). The Imperatives of Narrative: Health Interest Groups and Morality in Network News.
American Journal of Bioethics, 7(8), 6–14. [link]

Braun, J. A. (2007). A Response to Commentators on “The Imperatives of Narrative: Health Interest Groups and
Morality in Network News.” American Journal of Bioethics, 7(8), W1–W2. [link]

Braun, J. A. (2007). Front end evaluation of Global Warming Facts and Our Future. Marian Koshland Science
Museum of the National Academy of Sciences: internal publication.

Braun, J. A. (Producer/Director/Writer). (2004). In vitro fertilization: The children’s show [Educational Film].
Derry, NH: Chip Taylor Communications. [link]

Invited Talks

Braun, J. A. (October 25, 2011). Rehashing the gate: Thinking about news values in non-news spaces. Work
presented at an invitational workshop on news values at the University of Haifa, Israel.

Braun, J. A. (November 24, 2009). Giving the people what they want: Reflections on WikiCandidate, a crowdsourced
campaign for the Presidency.
 Work presented at the Roundtable on Technology and Democracy
at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism in New York. [link]

Conference Presentations

Braun, J.A. (May 27, 2012). Sharing the news: Toward a construct of epistemic interoperability. Paper to be
presented at the Annual International Communication Association Conference in Phoenix.

Braun, J.A. (March 2, 2012). News media and the sociology of socio-technical systems. Paper
presented at the Media Sociology Forum at Columbia University, New York.

Braun, J. A. (November 14, 2010). Interoperable discourses and the work of coherence. Paper presented
at the National Communication Association Annual Conference in San Francisco, CA.

Braun, J. A. and Gillespie, T. (April 24, 2010). Hosting the public discourse: News organizations, digital
intermediaries, and the politics of making news media social. Paper presented at the
International Symposium on Online Journalism in Austin, TX. [link]

Braun, J. A. (April 23, 2010). Models of restraint: The adoption of blogging software by the U.S. broadcast
news networks. Paper presented at the International Symposium on Online Journalism
in Austin, TX. [link]

Braun, J. A. (May 22, 2009). Rehashing the gate: News values, non-news spaces, and the future of gatekeeping.
Paper presented at the Annual International Communication Association Conference in Chicago.

Braun, J. A. (April 26, 2009). Gatekeeping in new media contexts.  Paper presented at the annual Media in
Transition Conference in Boston. [link]

Gillespie, T., Cosley, D., Black, L., Welser, H., Epstein, D., & Braun, J.A. (May 26, 2008). Wikis for politics. Panel
presented at the Annual International Communication Association Conference in Montreal.

Gillespie, T., Epstein, D., & Braun, J.A. (April 17, 2008). WikiCandidate: Technology, participation, and political
discourse. Panel presented at Politics: Web 2.0: An International Conference, hosted by the
New Political Communication Unit, Royal Holloway, University of London.

Braun, J. A. (November 16, 2007). Trust me, I’m a doctor: Media claims of deficiencies in skill and knowledge on
the part of physicians. Paper presented at presented at the National Communication Association
Annual Conference in Chicago.

Other Academic Honors

Invited participant at the 2012 Connected Viewing Initiative Summit, a workshop inaugurating a research program on the future of television distribution, organized funded by UC Santa Barbara’s Carsey-Wolf Center and funded by Warner Brothers.

Invited participant in Culture Digitally, a two-year NSF-funded workshop series on cultural production in the digital age.

Professional Societies

American Sociological Association
Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
International Communication Association
National Communication Association

Other Academic Service

Reviewer for Communication Theory and The Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media

Selected Non-Academic Publications

Braun, J.A. (2005). Crime and penitence. In Radio Lab [Radio Broadcast]. New York: WNYC.

Braun, J.A. (2005). We’re from the government, we’re here to help: Can the U.S. government fix its top nuclear weapons lab? Seed Magazine, 1, 39.

Braun, J. A. (2005). The new federalism: Is the United States government unburdening itself of the big science issues and handing those responsibilities to individual states? Seed Magazine, 2, 38-39.

Braun, J. A. (2006). 20,000 leagues under the sea: NOAA has begun construction on Okeanos, a deep-sea research vessel that promises to change oceanography forever. Seed Magazine, 4, 24-25.

Braun, J.A. (2006, August 30). Triangulating Tehran: Russia, the West, and Iran’s nuclear future. Seed Online. Retrieved December 20th, 2006, from

Braun, J.A. (2005). Cribsheet #2: Climate change. Seed Magazine, 2, pullout section.

Braun, J.A. (2006). Cribsheet #5: Nuclear power. Seed Magazine, 5, pullout section.

Braun, J.A. (2006). Cribsheet #6: Hurricanes. Seed Magazine, 6, pullout section.

Other Work Experience

Blogger for Scientific American’s ”60 Second Science.“

Writer and Editorial Assistant for Seed Magazine, a popular science magazine.

Freelance Producer for Radio Lab on WNYC New York Public Radio and NPR.

Production Intern for ABC News Nightline

Production Associate for Morningstar Entertainment, a company which produces programming for the Discovery Health Channel.

Producer/Director/Writer for a feature-length documentary on in vitro fertilization, distributed by Chip Taylor Communications.

Science Editor and Staff Writer for the Daily Nexus, UC Santa Barbara’s campus paper

Awards: Best Investigative Reporting from the California Intercollegiate Press Association in 2003