Diretnan Dusu Bot

Diretnan Dusu Bot

Participant in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Work history WORK EXPERIENCE/CAREER SUMMARY
Current Employers
View Point Nigeria (www.viewpointnigeria.com): September 2011 to date.
View Point Nigeria is an online community of international reporters and current affairs journalists dedicated to bringing commentaries, features and news reports from a Nigerian-African perspective.
Position: Editor/Journalist.
Responsibilities: Editing news articles sent in by various journalists working for the organization, sourcing news stories and writing articles for the organization’s website. Interviewing individuals and transcribing information to be published on the organization’s web page, etc.

University of Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria: September 2011 to date (currently on study leave for 4 years).
Position: Lecturer.
Responsibilities: Lecturing diverse courses like Digital Skills for Journalism Practice, Media Ethics and the Industry, Politics of International Communication, New Media and Digital Communication, etc.

Previous Employer
Youth Adolescent Reflection and Action Centre (YARAC), Jos, Nigeria. January 2006 – January 2007.
Position: Volunteer (part-time).
YARAC is a non-governmental organization that works with adolescents and young adults in areas of reproductive health, civic education, confidence building, self-expression, self-discipline, self-control, respect and integrity, hard work, and other relevant areas that would ensure responsive choices and informed decision making.
Responsibilities: Sourced news stories and wrote articles for the organization’s leaflet production. Interviewed people in a range of different circumstances. Created and uploaded news content for organization’s website. Trained out of school adolescents as peer educators. Provided support to local communities especially during crisis situations. Educated peers about reproductive health risks and carried out awareness campaigns in secondary schools.
Study history INSTITUTIONS ATTENDED AND QUALIFICATIONS WITH DATES
January 2009 – July 2010: Masters in Global Media and Communication, Coventry University, United Kingdom.
Key Modules – Global Media and Communication, Public Relations, Journalism, Media Audiences, Information Societies, Researching Communication Culture and Media, Identity and Cultural Difference, Research Studies and Film Theory and Digital Journalism.

April 2007 – February 2008: Diplôme d’Etudes de la Langue Francaise (DELF B1), Village Du Benin, Togo.

February 2003 – March 2007: Bachelors Degree in Theatre and Communication Arts, University of Jos, Nigeria.
Key Modules - Mass Communication Theories, Writing for the Mass Media, Theatre for Development, Introduction to journalism, Communication for Development, Journalism Practice and the Wider World, Media Production, African Theatre in the Modern era, Media Ethics and Industry, Film Production, Spoken English, etc.
Publications ARTICLES IN LEARNED JOURNALS AND CHAPTER IN BOOK
1. Bot Diretnan Dusu (2014) “The Democratic Potential of the Blogosphere”. Jos Journal of Media and Communication Studies. April 2014. Vo1. No.1. P. 45-67
2. Bot Diretnan Dusu and Kwaja, Grace (2014) “Government Propaganda Versus Terrorism in the Information Age”. Jos Journal of Media and Communication Studies. April 2014. Vol. 1 No. 1, P. 298-313
3.Kwaja Grace and Bot Diretnan Dusu (2014) “The Nigerian Broadcast Media and Vocabulary Development in Children”. Jos Journal of Media and Communication Studies. September 2014. Vol. 1 No. 2, P.126-137.
4. Bot Diretnan Dusu and Kwaja, Grace (2015) “The Child Marriage Online Discourse by Young Women in Nigeria”, in Wilson, Des, Communication, Society and the Nigerian Child: Issues and Emerging Trends in the 21st Century. Nigeria: BSM Resources.

Phd Projects

2016

Female blogging and democratic policy-making in Nigeria - A Nethnographic approach.

Recent global statistics reveal the rapid growth of female blogs in Nigeria. It is only on the blogging platform that female presence surpasses that of men. There is a huge readership of blogs by Nigerian women too. For instance, Linda Ikeji's Blog alone has over 150,000 visitors daily. This research is developed on the idea that the unrestricted nature of the internet might hold the potential to allow women's voices to be heard, thereby improving their democratic participation which is lacking. The use of blogs by women for mobilization/activism to affect government policy has also been witnessed in recent times in Nigeria. The ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ campaign of 2014 and the ‘Child Marriage’ debate of 2013 are critical examples. Being campaigns of online origination, (particularly from blogs and twitter) they add credence to the discourse on the correlation of internet discourse to offline democratic practice (having led to policy reformation).

The lack of available literature on the female use of the online platform to make their voices heard in the Nigerian democracy is the critical aim of this study. There is no statistical record as it relates to female writing or blogging on the online space to advocate causes that affect them in governance. There is also limited literature in general about female protest movements in the offline world. The desire of my research is to bridge this literary gap while providing information on blog readers; a population which has been neglected by previous global researchers who dwell mainly on the activities of blog authors.

This research argues that female bloggers in Africa, who may not necessarily be ‘feminists’ by western definition can be said to exemplify the ‘networked counter-publics’ of Jessalynn Keller based on the definitions of third wave feminism. It studies the conversations of 10 female blogs using ‘Nethnography’ as a new ‘live’ method of online investigation to elicit data from prolonged discourse participation and observation. This is relevant because interpretations of online communications and communities emerge gradually, to develop cultural codes that allow a better understanding and interpretation of virtual spaces. Hence, by immersing oneself in discourse, pertinent behavioral patterns, or modes of mobilization or activism can unfold through extensive observation or interaction. The information retrieved is further analyzed by coding themes relevant to this research. To cope with the Nethnographic limitation of studying one online ‘platform’ in isolation (which can yield incomplete insight), discourses that are relevant to answering research questions will be trailed across multiple forums if need be.

Dissertation

Dissertation title Female blogging and democratic policy making in Nigeria - A Nethnographic approach.

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