Publish or perish

Like most recently-completed doctorates, I am stuck in the paralysing oscillation between the imposter syndrome and becoming egomaniacal.

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The semiotics of 1994

I recently attended a fruitful conference at Cardiff University, the Future of Journalism 2017. I wrote about my experiences elsewhere. Thanks to the valued support of the Centre for Film and Media Studies, I was able to fund my attendance at this conference. One of the prerequisites of gaining departmental grants is to present the…

#FeesMustFall, at what expense?

UCT students, joined by CPUT Mowbray students, marched to parliament on October 25th as Finance Minister Gigaba read out his poorly received “mini budget”. Their purpose? To try and hassle the very asleep President Zuma to release the Fees Commission report on free education. Zuma has been “studying” the report since August last year. The…

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…