The Future of Journalism conference

The Future of Journalism Conference at Cardiff University, hosted by JOMEC. 14-16 September, 2017. In September, I presented part of my first thesis chapter at the Future of Journalism conference at Cardiff University. The experience was daunting, even though I am a “seasoned” conference-goer. I was unsure what to expect because a lot of my…

Semiotic studies, from PhD bibliography

Here’s a snippet of my PhD bibliography, with a specific focus on studies that use semiotic or framing analyses for their method, or are particularly interesting for multimodal investigation. This list might be of use to those of you who are interested in the field, or are looking to explore further studies about multimodality. The following…

Country of my skull

When things change quickly, do you turn into a figure skater or a sprinter? My husband and I are now living in the United Kingdom, while I complete my PhD. South Africa is… tumultuous at the moment and my studies, as many other scholars and academics would testify, are suffering because of it. Free, decolonised,…

Predatory journals

I just returned from a truncated visit to the IAMCR 2016 conference in Leicester, England. I’m still pretty proud of myself – I managed to turn a rushed paper into something that my discussant thought was quite outstanding and has a book-length amount of research in it. As the kids say, I know, right?! Interrobang…

My first peer-reviewed journal article

I finally got confirmation that my journal article has been published with African Journalism Studies! I’ve been working on this paper since October 2014 – it’s based on my methodology for my PhD. You can access it here. I took a version of this paper to SACOMM 2014 where I won best paper, and then again…

#TshwaneUnrest: the quest for democracy

Unrest in South Africa’s capital city On June 20th, 2016, ANC mayoral candidate Thoko Didiza was announced as mayoral candidate for the municipality of Tshwane in Gauteng. Tshwane includes South Africa’s capital city, Pretoria. Violent protesting followed this nomination. As the Times Live reports, the unrest apparently stemmed from the imposition of an outsider (Didiza) on…

Presenting at IAMCR 2016

Things have been up in the air lately. I don’t mean my research – I’m steadily working through chapters and data. I’m talking about going to a research conference. The International Association of Media and Communication Research is one of the largest meetings of media experts in the world. This year, the IAMCR conference will…

Native advertising: the semiotic case of Turkish Airlines/Batman

This Turkish Airlines advert, screened during the SuperBowl 2016, is a game changer. I suppose the youngsters today would say “shots fired” to the advertising industry. It’s native advertising on steroids. Semiotically, it is the most interesting type of advertising I’ve seen, and it reminds of the Lost Alternative Reality fan universe. This isn’t the first…

Zambia with the SSRC in 2016

During a week in January, the SSRC Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa Fellows gathered in Lusaka for a bi-annual development workshop. I am part of the 2015-2016 cohort, awarded for the dissertation research section. “The Next Generation Social Sciences model responds to an emerging dilemma within higher education in the global South caused by…

New job

In 2014 until June 2015 I worked as the Education Development Teaching Assistant for the Film and Media (FAM) department. While I felt then, as I still feel now, that the ED stream at the university is necessary and can make great strides in assisting disadvantaged and struggling students to graduate, and graduate well, the…