Ioli Campos (DMm Lisbon #1)
On the second Wednesday of January (01/09/2019) took place the very first meeting of the Digital Media Meetup (DMM) cycle, a series of conversations with Ph.D. students and alumni of the Digital Media NOVA FCSH-FCT doctoral program. The goal of DMM is to know more about the investigations of colleagues, share learning, difficulties, and doubts. In the first meeting, we had the participation of Ioli Campos.
A doctor since September 2018, Ioli is a journalist, whose investigation focuses mainly on media literacy and education, and shared with the audience her work routine and the challenges she faced during the investigation. During her second and third year of doctoral studies, she was at UT Austin, and she vividly recommends the experience of living abroad: "for access to resources, for social interaction at an academic and intellectual level." For students who can not go outside, Ioli recommends creating this interaction anyway, be it by establishing contacts at conferences, or sending emails to the authors who are references in your are.
Ioli finished her thesis in 3 ½ years and said that being a journalist helped her, as well as defining deadlines and creating schedules of the conferences that she liked to go, and the journals where she wanted to publish since the articles were basically chapters of the thesis. "Another thing that helped me immensely was being a mother," says Ioli, who explains: "In Austin, I could only work when my son was in school. I only had 6 hours per day. One thing that I have realized throughout these 4 years is that if we work less, we work harder.” Finally, Ioli stressed the importance of keeping other activities in parallel with the Ph.D. During the Ph.D., Ioli wrote the book "Se eu morrer, publica isto," which was recently published. "This helped me a lot because if things were not going well in the Ph.D., maybe they were doing well somewhere else," she said.
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