Teaching, research, academics

Writing

Book Chapter: 2014

Jones, B. [2014]. Of sunsets, savages, and soccer: Framing Africa during the last days of the FIFA 2010 World Cup, in African football, identity politics, and global media narratives. Edited by T Chari & N Mphiripiri. Hampshire: Palgrave MacMillan.

Journal articles: 2016

Jones, B. [2016]. Television news and the digital environment: a triadic multimodal approach for analysing moving image media, in African Journalism Studies.

Conference papers with published abstracts: 2014-present

Jones, B. [2014]. 20 years and born frees: towards an informed citizenry of South Africa’s electorate for the Political Communication Research Section, International Association of Media and Communication Research, Hyderabad India, July 2014

Jones, B. [2014]. 50 shades of grey: the visual rhetoric of Nelson Mandela on Google Images for the Visual Culture Working Group, International Association of Media and Communication Research, Hyderabad India, July 2014

Jones, B. [2014]. Semiotics of television news: Oil and Water? For the South African Communication (SAComm) conference, University of the North West, Potchefstroom, South Africa, October 2014

Jones, B. [2015]. Hierarchy of gender perception: the instance and the imitation in ABC’s LOST for the Popular Culture Working Group, International Association of Media and Communication Research, Montreal Canada July 2015

Jones, B. [2015]. Television news and the digital environment: a triadic multimodal approach for analysing moving image media for the Emerging Scholars Network, International Association of Media and Communication Research, Montreal Canada July 2015

Jones, B. [2016]. The Struggle Narrative: censorship of the media in post-democracy South Africa and the ANC’s quest for liberation hegemony, for the Emerging Scholars Network, International Association of Media and Communication Research, Leicester, England. July 2016

Jones, B. [2017]. The Struggle Narrative: censorship of the media in post-democracy South Africa and the ANC’s quest for liberation hegemony, for the MeCCSA conference, Leeds University, England. January 2017

Jones, B. [2017]. Neoliberalism and mediatisation in the “miracle” election: the semiotics of the 1994 South African election on global North TV news, for the Future of Journalism conference, JOMEC, Cardiff University, Wales. September 2017.

Seminar presentations: 2015-present

Jones, B. [2015]. Semiotics of television news: an analysis method. Postgraduate and staff seminar series at the Centre for Film and Media Studies, UCT. April 2015

Jones, B. [2015]. The gender question: semiotics and gender in LOST. Postgraduate and staff seminar series at the Centre for Film and Media Studies, UCT. April 2015

Jones, B. [2016]. Hegemonic neoliberalism in the ‘miracle’ election: The semiotics of the 1994 South African election on TV news. PhD seminar series, Centre for Film and Media Studies, UCT. April 2016.

Teaching

University of Cape Town, Centre for Film and Media Studies department

  • FAM1001F (and Extended Degree): Media and Society
  • FAM1000S (and Extended Degree): Introduction to Film and Television Studies
  • FAM2000F (and Extended Degree): Writing and Editing in the Media
  • FAM2003S (and Extended Degree): Media Power and Culture
  • FAM2013S: Television Drama: Theories and Genre
  • FAM3001S: Advanced Media Research

Research interests

Journalism ethics, South African and international journalism production, South African media, representation theory, semiotics and social semiotics, multimodal discourse analysis, qualitative research methods, (African) postcolonial studies, African diaspora, African stereotypes on the media and myth-making, television news production and analysis, African democracy, South African democracy

Degrees

Ph.D Media Studies: University of Cape Town. 2014-present

  • Thesis title: “Desperately Seeking Depth: global and local narratives of the South African general elections on television news, 1994-2014.”
  • Thesis supervisors: Dr Wallace Chuma and Dr Martha Evans.
  • Academic fields of interest: semiotic analysis, television news journalism, political journalism, non-Western political journalism, African democracy
  • Innovative qualitative methodology for analysing television news broadcasts published in peer-reviewed journal in 2016.

M.A. Media Studies by research: University of Cape Town. 2010-2012

  • Dissertation title: “Of Sunsets, Savages and Soccer: Framing Africa during the final few days of the FIFA 2010 World Cup.”
  • Thesis supervisors: Prof Ian Glenn and Dr Martha Evans.
  • Representation of South Africa and Africa on international and local broadcast news channels, with a focus on semiotic and discourse methodology.

Hons (B.A.) Communication Science: UNISA. 2008-2010

Honours thesis on South African representation on Sky News and eNews during the 2009 South African general elections.

B.A. (Hons) Film and TV studies: Aberystwyth University. 2003-2006

Undergraduate degree, mini-dissertation on media’s role in forming and transforming the national identity of South Africans.

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