• July 2021
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Academic Blogging Workshop

In the morning I’m giving a working about my experiences of academic blogging at UWE.

I’ve found, since I started a blog in 2006, that even though I haven’t kept it up religiously, on the whole it has been useful.

In part an on-line note book, and in other ways a place to journalistically (or scholarly) respond to current events, a blog forces you to have an opinion, and to put your head above the parapet to stand by your convictions.

Things to remember to mention;

– Anon or not?

– Dynamic media note book

– Lateral references to core subject (can be looser than core research question)

– Personal archive of ideas and references

– The ‘cultural practice’ of blogging (discipline & confidence)

– Confidence to “publicly” play with ideas

– Precious with sharing data observations (danger of….??)

– research content to research process to field of interest ((((and possibly to personal day to day stuff?? – it’s ALL connected to YOU!!))))

– To be worried, or not be worried about “audience”. (About if any audience at all, and if that should affect style of writing!!)

Distant light and the end of far far tunnel

Today had a meeting with fellow PhD student Emma Agusita, whose subject is very close to mine. Really good to catch up with her and it was mutually benificial. Peer sharing is a good thing!

Talked about many things, including the slippery ground that is PhD research, the shifting sands that is the ‘research question’, and the importance of theory in practice. We also agreed to write an abstract together for a conference next year.

Good to have a comrade near!!!


The first 2 years of my Research

Essays and Articles written for my research – May 2004 – November 2005 (PhD began in October 2004)

The following essays and articles (pdf downloads) explores some of the thoughts and issues I’ve been negotiating during the process of my research into the Community Media Sector so far. The main focus of the research is to analyse the cultural sustainability of educational activity within the community media sector, and attempting to find models of best practice which can be used as a tool kit for facilitators, companies, funders, and by communities groups themselves.

I am still in the early days of this research, and as it progresses I shall post up new writings as it develops.

The most recent ones are nearer the top.

Media Literacy in Community Contexts (November 2005)
Article written for the Westminster Media Forum Publication, in response to the Media Literacy Seminar (27.10.05) (pdf) click here

Research Progress Update (May 2005)
Research Question- Aims & Objectives- Background to this Research- Methodology- Theoretical Framework- Taxonomy of Terms- The Houdini approach to research- Reformation of the Media- Identity, Power and Representation- My crossroads(pdf) click here

Project Evaluation Diagram (April 2005)
This map-diagram attempts to show how many projects are evaluated, whilst highlighting areas of impact which are potentially missed by the majority of evaluation studies.(pdf) click here

Beyond Project: Community Media and Impact, Effectivity and Sustainability(April 2005)
Paper which explores the definitions of impact, effect and sustainabiliy, and attempts to challenge the “short term” mentality behind the concept of the word ‘project’.(pdf) click here

Defining Community Media and Achieving Educational Sustainability (January 2005)
Abstract for Euricom Colloquium, Piran, Slovenia, 2005 (pdf), click here

Negotiating Methods and Theories – Part 1 (January 2005)
Article, (pdf), click here

Key Questions to ask about the Community Media Sector (March 2004)
Initial themes, ideas and questions to ask Notes, (pdf), click here

Hierarchies within Moving Image Industries (April 2004)
Image, (gif), click here

Argument: The Community Media Sector is not the amateur cousin to Broadcast (April 2004)
Paper, (pdf), click here

Exploration of Community Media Research Questions (November 2004)
Article, (pdf), click here

Definition of Community Media (December 2004)
Paper, (pdf), click here
see also;

Community Media Structure Map (May 2004)
Image, (pdf), click here

Copyright Shawn Naphtali-Sobers

2 years into the beginning

I’m now 2 years into my PhD looking into community media educational projects, and it’s time to lay everything out on the table and see what I have.

I’ve decided to start this blog and [try and] update it each day – whenever I’ve read something useful or thought a useful thought, to push it forward.

Also, to stop the research going as slow as it has been for the past 10 months.

I don’t care if no one reads this. It’s more for me to keep my thinking moving forward.


Wish me luck…..