photo Dr. Jesse Owen Hearns Branaman

Name (Title)
Dr. Jesse Owen Hearns-BRANAMAN

Title and Position:
Assistant Professor of International Journalism


Phone number (Office): 8517

Self-introduction (Simple):
He holds a PhD from the University of Leeds, an MA in International Communication Studies from the University of Nottingham, and a BA in Radio and Television from San Francisco State University. He has taught communication, media, and journalism studies at the University of Sheffield, University of Leeds, and Leeds Beckett University in the UK, Zhejiang Wanli University and the University of Nottingham in China, and the National Institute of Development Administration in Thailand.

Research Interests:
His research interests include post-structuralism, ideology, critical linguistics, political economy of news, comparative journalism, and epistemological theory.

Research Grant:
Authenticity in Chinese Cultural and Heritage Tourism: Representations and Simulations of Europe, the USA and China in Chinese Tourist Sites, UIC Research Grant (2017)

Selected Publications:
Chapter in Edited Volume:
‘What the Propaganda Model can learn from sociology of journalism,’ in D. Broudy, J. Klaehn, and J. Pedro (eds), The Propaganda Model: Filtering Perception and Awareness, (2018, University of Westminster Press).
Journalism and the Philosophy of Truth: Beyond Truth and Balance, (2016, Routledge).
The Political Economy of News in China: Manufacturing Harmony, (2014, Lexington).

Journal Articles:
‘Official enemies in commercial and soft power media: Agency and the Iran crisis,’ Journalism Studies 18(4): 449-469, (2017).
‘Towards a Hyperrealist epistemology of the news media: Baudrillard, Boorstin, Tuchman, and Hall,’ International Journal of Baudrillard Studies 12(2), (2015).
‘Journalistic professionalism as self-censorship and fetishistic disavowal,’ Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism 15(1): 21-36, (2014).
‘The Egyptian Revolution Did Not Take Place: On the live TV coverage by Al Jazeera English,’ The International Journal of Baudrillard Studies, 9(1), (2012).
‘A political economy of news media in the People’s Republic of China,’ The Westminster Papers on Culture and Communication,6(2), (2009).
‘“Must we ourselves not become gods?”: A perspective on the theories of Foucault, Debord and Baudrillard in explaining contemporary power structures,’ International Journal of Baudrillard Studies, 5(2), (2008).

Conference Papers:
‘Using GMG’s News Game as a pedagogical tool for journalism students,’ IAMCR 2019, Madrid (July 2019)
‘Teaching gatekeeping and framing theories through student activities,’ IAMCR 2018, Eugene, USA (June 2018)
‘Agenda setting in the digital age: Chinese netizens, journalists, and the party,’ IAMCR 2018, Eugene, USA (June 2018)
‘Boundary performance and epistemology in the US 2016 fake news media debate,’ IAMCR 2017, Cartagena, Colombia (July 2017)
‘Professionalism and Thai journalism after the 2014 coup d’état,’ IAMCR 2017, Cartagena, Colombia (July 2017)
‘Power, truth, and fetishistic disavowal in Thai and Chinese journalism,’ ICA 2016, Fukuoka, Japan, (June 2016).
‘In defense of “most different” comparisons: The political economy of news media in China and the USA,’ IAMCR 2015, Université du Québec à Montréal, (July 2015).
‘How journalists in China, Thailand, UK & the USA talk about truth and power,’ IAMCR 2015, Montreal, Canada, (July 2015).
‘Discourses of the Fourth Estate in the PRC and Thailand,’ Rethinking Journalism II: The Societal Role & Relevance of Journalism in a Digital Age Expert Workshop, Centre for Media and Journalism Studies, University of Groningen, Netherlands (Jan 2014).
‘Discourses of the Fourth Estate in Thailand and China’ Communication and Global Power Shifts, Simon Fraser University, Canada (June 2013).
‘Iran, the US, and agency: A critical linguistic comparative analysis of news texts,’ The 4th International Conference on Language and Communication, National Institute of Development Administration, Thailand (Dec 2012).
‘The political economy of news media in East Asia: A study of using the Propaganda Model in the People's Republic of China,’ 8th EastAsiaNet Research Workshop, University of Vienna, Austria (Sep 2011).
‘Ideal vs. reality: The “big Other” as structuring factor in US and UK journalistic discourse,’ 8th Annual MeCCSA Postgraduate Conference, Bournemouth University, UK (July 2011).
‘Perspectives on the history of the Fourth Estate: Beyond truth and power,’ Journalism and History: Dialogues, University of Sheffield, UK (Sep 2010).
‘Death panels and enemies lists: Online news disconnecting from reality?’, Connect, Disconnect, Reconnect, University of Leeds, UK (June 2010).
‘The myth of the Fourth Estate in Eastern Europe?,’ Beyond East and West, Central European University, Budapest, (June 2009).
‘A political economy of news media production in the People’s Republic of China,’ Creativity & Innovation in Chinese Media, Chinese Media Center, University of Westminster, UK (June 2009).
‘Towards a Baudrillardian critique of news media,’ Journalism in Crisis Conference, University of Westminster, UK (May 2009).
‘Manufacturing Harmony: The Propaganda Model in the People’s Republic of China,’ Twenty Years at the Margins: The Herman-Chomsky Propaganda Model and Critical Media and Communication Studies, Northumbria University, UK (Dec 2008).
‘The myth of the Fourth Estate in the USA & UK,’ The Succession of Simulacra: The Legacy of Jean Baudrillard, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA (Apr 2008).