Jordon Brown

Pflugerville, TX 78660 · (310) 666-1902 · jordo83@gmail.com

I am pursuing my Ph.D. in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. I teach classes on digital media, web design, social media, and writing in journalism and public relations. My research focuses on the impact of digital media in political communication, for both candidates and potential voters. I am prepared to develop and teach courses in social media and analytics, web design and coding, data reporting and data visualizations, storytelling and writing for digital platforms, and computational and analytical quantitative methods.


Teaching

Teaching Assistant

University of Texas at Austin

Austin, TX

While pursuing my Ph.D. in journalism, I TA for a social media journalism class which teaches the power of storytelling on social media, a coding for journalists class which teaches HTML, CSS, and Javascript, and a digital storytelling class which teaches how to operate and use various digital platforms.

August 2016 - Present

Adjunct Lecturer

Texas State University

San Marcos, TX

I teach Web Design, Fundamentals of Digital and Online Media, and Writing for Public Relations at the fourth largest university in the state of Texas. The digital media classes focus on broad concepts of social media, digital branding and issues, as well as HTML, Bootstrap, Wordpress, and other platforms. The PR course is a senior-level writing class for public relations majors which focuses on real-world writing and PR applications.

August 2015 - Present

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Texas State University

San Marcos, TX

While getting my Master’s, I taught undergraduates in courses on media writing, public relations writing and research, web design, and digital media.

August 2013 - August 2015

Research

My research focuses mainly on political communication with an emphasis on digital and social media. Specifically, I have looked at how campaigns use social media and other digital elements to interact with voters. I have also studied how social media impacts voters, including an experimental design that provided a call to action on Snapchat. I have also conducted analyses on comment sections of political stories, with a multi-pronged approach at what comment sections produce. My research also focuses on journalistic coverage of politicians, with an emphasis on the symbolic annihilation of women in politics. I also dabble in satirical news research, looking at how satirical programs, like late night comedy, hold young people's attention compared to traditional news.

Methodologically, I often focus on experimental designs utilizing platforms like Amazon Mechanical Turk and Qualtrics, as well as face-to-face experiments in a controlled setting. I have also conducted research using computational analyisis, both in terms of networks and nodes as well as large-scale language examinations.



Service

Media Writing Course Committee, Texas State University

2019 - Present

Treasurer, Journalism Graduate Student Council, School of Journalism, University of Texas at Austin

2018 - 2019

Communication Director, Information Technology and Politics, APSA

2018 - Present

Executive Committee Member, Information Technology and Politics, APSA

2017 - 2018

Paramount Theatre sustaining Chorus member

2015 - Present

Grad Club Social Media Manager, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Texas State University

2013 - 2015
2008 - Present
2008 - Present

Education

University of Texas at Austin

Doctor of Philosophy
Journalism

Austin, Texas

August 2016 - May 2020

Texas State University

Master's of Arts
Digital Media

San Marcos, Texas

August 2013 - May 2015

Southeast Missouri State University

Bachelor of Science
Film - Political Science

Cape Girardeau, Missouri

August 2001 - May 2006

Skills

Programming Languages & Tools
Research Skills
  • Quantitative & Qualitative Methods
  • Network Analysis & Computational Analysis
  • Data Visualization
  • Agile Development
  • Experimental Methods

Professional Experience

Social Media Manager

County Line on the Lake, Austin, TX

Managed all social media platforms for the County Line BBQ restaurant. Compiled monthly analytics reports. Oversaw 400% increase in followers.

2008 - 2013

Research Analyst

Stanford Caskey Campaigns, Austin, TX

Conducted extensive research in candidates’ FEC reports to find questionable donors to their campaigns.

2009 - 2010

Product Placement Expeditor

Universal Pictures, Los Angeles, CA

Coordinated all departments on Take Me Home Tonight for product placement and clearance requests through the Universal Studios legal department. Managed and coordinated Los Angeles office for entire production.

2006 - 2007

Set Production Assistant

The Weinstein Company, Cape Girardeau, MO

Provided script notes for continuity on Killshot. Coordinated walkie talkie distribution on set.

2006

Regional Field Manager

Democratic National Committee, Cape Girardeau, MO

Managed 14 counties in southeast Missouri for the Democratic Coordinated Committee for the general election. Coordinated and directed “Get Out The Vote” program for six offices in targeted counties, over 30 phone banks, and several hundred volunteers.

2004

Interests

When I'm not studying or teaching, you can find me with my nose buried in a comic book or watching movies and television. I love stand-up comedy, good food, and as much Dungeons and Dragons as I can get my hands on.

My wife and I live in the 'burbs with our two wonderful pets: A Boston Terrier named PD and a minipig named Mortimer. It's like a real life Disney movie, minus the singing.

I'm well known for my active social media presence, with Evan Smith, CEO of the Texas Tribune, calling me "Twitter's Jordon Brown," and Trei Brundrett, COO of Vox Media, calling me "A good follow on Twitter." I routinely engage with my personal branding of political snark, pop-culture opinions, and general nerdery of comics and Tolkien and Marvel movies. If it's something nerds love, I'm probably into it!


Awards & Certifications

  • David Warren scholarship, University of Texas at Austin (2019)
  • Second-Place Student Paper, Cultural and Critical Studies Division, AEJMC (2018)
  • Ada Frances Miller scholarship, University of Texas at Austin (2018)
  • First-Place Student Paper, Sports Communication Interest Group, AEJMC (2017)
  • Third-Place Student Paper, Newspaper and Online News Division, AEJMC (2017)
  • University of Texas Recruitment Fellowship (2016)
  • Kappa Tau Alpha Honor Society (2015 to present)
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society (2015 to present)
  • New Politics Forum Ambassadorship (2014)
  • Alpha Chi National College Honor Society (2014 to present)
  • Hootsuite Certification
  • HubSpot Certification
  • Twitter Flight School Certification