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Latest publication

I wrote something with the amazing Adelina Mbinjama on some of Shonda Rhimes's speeches🤩. This is featured in a timely book on women in the film and media industry. In the chapter we use an intersectional lense to undertake a discourse analysis on Shonda's use of bragging as a communicative act that pushes back on knowledge traditions where it's acceptable (and expected) for man to brag about their work, but not women.

Ahead of international women's day on 8 March 2024, having this piece of research out is meaningful for me in my quest to foreground the particular communicative contribution of Black women when it comes to rhetoric and discourse. The first was a chapter on Lesego TlhabiTlhabi's use of satire as a rhetorical strategy to challenge race thinking. The second was drew on Prof Pumla Gqola's notion of the Female Fear Factor to critique TV news reportage on 16 days of violence. This chapter on Shonda is the third.

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Past events

Breaking Barriers - International Women's Day Seminar with Crystal Ordeson

This seminar focused on the influence of gender in newsrooms. Titled "Breaking Barriers: Women in Media and Journalism" this hybrid session aimed to address the challenges and opportunities faced by women in the male-dominated space of media and journalism in South Africa. Through insightful discussions, practical engagement, and the sharing of experiences, the goal was to empower and inspire the next generation of female media professionals. The keynote address was delivered by renowned South African broadcasting professional Crystal Orderson, with various female media professionals in attendence to share their insights and experiences to equip the student attendees on what the expect in newsrooms. 

Media capture seminar with the South African National Editors' Forum and Code for Africa - 5 March 2024

The focus of the seminar was on Media Capture: How Lobbyists and Propagandists Hijack the Opinion and Analysis sections in news media. The aim was to provide a platform for introspection and discussion on the impact of media capture in newsrooms, as well as explore practical solutions to strengthen newsrooms and empower journalists to resist such capture. I took part in a session focused on the research outcomes on the Media Grooming and content sharing agreement. Best of all, some of my current UWC and former CPUT senior students attended. 

Unpacking Media Choices in Times of Conflict - 23 February 2024

World Radio Day with the Breede Valley Municipality

World Radio Day with the National Association of Broadcasters