From the Interactive Cultures Blog – Hyperlocal media: discourses and repertoires

I posted a brief report on the IC blog about my talk today to the Birmingham Centre for Media & Cultural Research. This was a dry run based on the first draft of a paper I’m giving to the MeCCSA conference in January – all of it drawing on my PhD work.

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Postscript: This post was my first use of IFTTT to cross post from the work blog to here. You can now ask IFTTT to create draft posts in WordPress, so I’ve got a recipe that generate a draft post for me every time I write on that blog. It replicates the entire post as a draft and provides a back link. I’ve written this post from scratch so it’s more of a way of forcing this cross post into my document queue. I’m going to be doing this to make theplan an aggregation of all the different things I’m writing. That’s the idea, anyway.

Tried by a jury of my peers

Today I gave a presentation to our weekly research seminar at Birmingham Centre for Media & Cultural Research. The seminars are a great example of the support structures for research that we have created within the centre over the past year. They provide a forum for centre members to share their work, and a space for us to meet other academics who are attending or even speaking as our guests.

We often present work as a practice run before attending an external conference, but in my case today I presented my paper from IAMCR 2010, which I am currently reviewing and editing so that I can seek publication.

Speaking to my colleagues (and indeed students who choose to come to the sessions) about my research was a daunting prospect but presenting to these critical friends proved to be a rewarding experience. I don’t remember having the same reservations giving this talk to a room of strangers, but I certainly didn’t get the level of constructive feedback I was offered by colleagues at today’s session. I’ve now got a number of important changes to make to the paper and feel suitably fired up to take this forward. I’m also looking forward to my next chance to share ideas with the group, and have discovered some new links between my work and work of colleagues.

Presentations are often recorded and end up on Interactive Cultures which demonstrates a lot of what we do as a group but if you’re interested in popping along, drop us a line.