Media Research

I’ve got this nerdy side to me that I need to satisfy once every while. My nerd-hormones (?!) are satisfied when sifting through seemingly endless databases to create a social network analysis that makes sense. Or to sit quietly in a corner of the newsroom and write down all verbal and non-verbal communication I can observe between management and newsroom workers.

After some time, when I’m Back Amongst the Living, a handbook or journal article is published and used in journalism courses worldwide. And, most importantly, my nerdy tendencies can lay low for a bit.


From the 1st of Feb. 2016 I’m a member of the lectorate Crossmedia Quality Journalism at the University of Applied Sciences in Utrecht, The Netherlands. I’ll be working on a case study analysis of NUlive, a new live streaming platform at the biggest online newswebsite I’ll be blogging about it on the website of the lectorate.

Interested? Get in touch!

There’s enough time for spin-off projects, to present my case study, to organise a talk about live-streams in newsrooms, or to just brainstorm about the topic – don’t hesitate to enquire. I’m no Queen of the Damned. I’m nice.

Just to up my credits… 

…a list of my academic publications.

  • Contribution to Basisboek Journalistiek – Noordhoff Uitgevers – September 2014

In the first semester of the Dutch academic year, September 2014, the Basisboek Journalistiek (Handbook Journalism) was re-published with updates about digital, online and mobile journalism written by media partner D3 Media, lector Piet Bakker and me. The book is used by hundreds of journalism students in The Netherlands and even compulsory for the first year.


  • Co-author of Pluralism and Openness are Key in the South African Twitter Network – Rhodes Journalism Review – July 2014

The article was published in Rhodes Journalism Review (Rhodes University, July 2014) and is based on a social network analysis with partner D3 Media.


  • Co-author of Journalists’ Twitter Networks, Public Debates and Relationships in South Africa – Digital Journalism – Volume 2, Issue 1; 2014, Taylor & Francis

The article “Journalists’ Twitter Networks, Public Debates and Relationships in South Africa” is published in a special edition of Digital Journalism (Volume 2, Issue 1; 2014, Taylor & Francis). Journalists at major media houses in South Africa use Twitter as a journalistic tool for crowd sourcing, breaking news events, live blogging and to balance, check and cultivate sources. This paper analyses the use of the social network platform by the top 500 South African journalists. The findings suggest that pluralism and openness are important characteristics of the South African Twitter network. Although two strong sub-networks can be detected, we conclude that they give structure to the network and enhance the role of journalists in public debates and democratic decision-making. This is shown in the analysis of three trending news topics related to politics and crime. The last trending topic of the study questions the process of the individualization of journalism through Twitter. The paper concludes by confronting its generic findings from the perspectives and opinions of leading journalists and editors.


  • Author and editor of Media Sustainability Index 2012 – IREX – 2012

In 2012, as Research Manager at the Sol Plaatje Institute for Media Leadership in Grahamstown, South Africa I worked as an author and editor on the South Africa, Malawi, Namibia, Botswana and Zambia chapters. The chapters were published in the IREX Media Sustainability Index 2012.


  • A Qualitative Study of Sustainable & Profitable Mobile News Services in South Africa – SPI – 2010

One of my research proposals that resulted in a publication is A Qualitative Study of Sustainable & Profitable Mobile News Services in South Africa (Sol Plaatje Institute for Media Leadership, Grahamstown, South Africa, 2010) in which I list and discuss successful business models for mobile news services.


  • Newsroom Convergence at the Mail & Guardian – A Qualitative Case Study – MA Thesis – Rhodes University – 2008

This is a case study that researches newsroom convergence as a process at the Mail & Guardian newspaper and their online edition the Mail & Guardian Online. It focuses on the reporters’ and editors’ attitudes towards newsroom convergence and on cultural resistance against change; one of the major challenges in the process. With structured interviews, observations and questionnaires it was analysed that communication problems between the newsrooms, different production cycles and time management issues are amongst the most prominent difficulties.