• Academic,  Randoms

    Fieldnote Fun

    I’m knee-deep in fieldnotes at the moment, so I thought I’d share a fun excerpt. This comes from the second day of a video training I did with an organization. I’ve made some minor edits for clarity and anonymity. Last time I said they should think about some things they would like to learn in editing and tell me today. Some things from the first day were how to show multiple videos on top of each other at the same time (ex. by lowering the top layer’s opacity), or how do you show multiple videos separate from each other at the same time like they do in 24. Today, Mike…

  • Conferences,  Randoms

    November Roundup/Linkup

    What’s that? There was a November? I hadn’t really noticed. It’s been a wild month or so, but here are some of the things that have keep me busy the last several weeks: Watching the Chicago Bears and the Wisconsin Badgers football teams win games. While my fantasy football team is on a horrendous losing streak, my “reality” teams are on big winning streaks. I’ll take that. Doing the academic job market thing. For anyone out there finishing a Ph.D. and applying for jobs (especially those within the field of Communication), I’d highly recommend this series of posts on Jonathan Gray’s blog. His blog provides a lot of good info…

  • Randoms

    Overhead Compartments, Haircuts, and Reverse Culture Shock

    Before returning to the U.S., Melissa and I talked about whether or not life in America would feel strange to us. Since Nairobi is a very cosmopolitan city, I didn’t expect much “reverse culture shock,” but I was really curious to see what things would feel different. Now that I’ve been back in America for 24 hours, here are the two things that have felt most (culturally) shocking so far: 1) Halfway through the flight from London to Nairobi, there was a woman struggling with her overhead compartment. I would guess the woman was in her late-30’s. She was fairly petite and was traveling with two boys that had to…

  • Randoms

    New Blog Shout Outs!!

    I have some friends who are new to the blogging world, so I wanted to give some quick shout outs to them. joskey – Josphat is the Film School Coordinator at the Kibera Film School. He will be blogging about the happenings at the film school and his own personal projects. Bonny’s Writing Space – Bonface is a new trainee at the Kibera Film School. He plans to blog about his new adventures into filmmaking and his other creative ideas. Emily Vraga – Emily is also a PhD candidate at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at UW-Madison. She’ll be blogging about current events in politics and new media.…

  • Kenya,  Randoms

    The Temmy’s Challenge

    As anyone who’s ever lived with me knows, I love cereal. When I was younger, I would eat 3 bowls every morning, and sometimes top that off with a Carnation Instant Breakfast. Now that I’m older (and my metabolism isn’t quite what it used to be), I try to keep myself to a 1 to 1.5 bowl-a-day limit. Still, if I don’t eat a little cereal in the morning, I feel a bit off for most of the day. I’m weird, I know. In Kenya, I’ve found myself gravitating to Temmy’s brand cereal. For one, it’s much cheaper than the rest of the cereal at Nakumatt, especially the imports. But…

  • Academic,  Randoms

    Recommended Readings

    Sorry it’s been so long since I’ve added any updates. This has been a semester full of reading and preparing for my preliminary exams. Now that I’ve passed (yay!) and I’m officially a doctoral candidate, I’m getting ready to head to Kenya to start my 7 months of dissertation fieldwork. Before I take off, I thought I would give a shoutout to some of my favorite books from my prelim reading lists. Here is one from each of my five lists: Producing Public Television, Producing Public Culture by Barry Dornfeld. Dornfeld conducts one of the few in-depth media production ethnographies out there. He rejects the critical view that media producers…