After a ****storm of two weeks, the thesis is coming along slowly. Today I managed to lose my keys and my dad’s umbrella-ella-ella and the morning’s fun and games had just began. I went into the Library today to look up 2009 papers. Turns out they don’t have them due to a recession-style backlog. My only option is to contact the main librarian fella and see if he can either (a) tell me when the copies will be available in microfilm, or

(b) get me a hard copy. When I called, I got an “out of office” reply until Tuesday so I will see how it goes until then. Despite this very real threat to my thesis, I’m remaining positive, but it really feels as if one obstacle is leading straight into another. The fact that it is due in six weeks time hardly helps.

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Some Progress…

Today I got some feedback on what bits of the Lit. Review I have sent to my supervisor. It’s looking good, and I can announce to myself here that I am finally finished the Lit. Review! One chapter down, four to go…

I’m also not going to England, but I can write about how hard it was to access the tabloids here in the thesis. Sweet. I finish a chapter and instantly have material for another!

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Meeting 14/06/2010

After a ridiculous week which held four birthdays, I had a meeting with my supervisor at noon. I’m fairly sure the week I had showed on my face from the moment I walked into his office. It went well though. He didn’t have copies of the examples of work I had done but no biggie. A quick print off using the college computers saved the day. Last minute for the win. He was happy enough, and ever the optimist, he suggested that I turn my disaster concerning the tabloids into an advantage. He’s right though. If there was no copies of Irish tabloids available back in the ’80s, that’s the way it was. I can hardly lie and make it up. And besides, I’m nearly done with the broadsheets notes-wise so it would be awful if this set back threw me off completely. I am to email him a sample of my Literary Review Chapter around the second week of July. This is a fairly big chapter of the dissertation at around 3,000 words. I have the “skeleton” of it done but no… uh meat yet.

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Meeting 2.0 Revisited

Had my second meeting with my coordinator today. Was more of a general banter about the thesis. The next goal is for some point in early June. I can hopefully have two or three pages of bullet points concerning Chapter 2 of the dissertation (I use the terms “thesis” and “dissertation” interchangeably throughout this blog!). This chapter is the Lit. Review, or the “review of literature”. I have had it in my head that I will dislike this chapter intensely. Having had the coordinator explain what is contained in this chapter further (I didn’t do one for my last thesis as it was not required), this preconception has not diminished at all.

To continue the negative buzz, I have very painful sinusitis and three big assignments (for other modules) to do in the next three weeks. Fun fun. But at least the thesis is still “all systems go”. And plus, my supervisor (teehee, now I can use that term rather than “coordinator”! 😀 ) says that the Lit. Review will be one of the biggest chapters, so it will be pretty kewl if I could get that done as early as possible.

Better make a plan of what to do next in the next few days… Much as I want to get smashed, the aul sinuses will be keeping me in for the next few days anyway.

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Good to Go! (and Another Meeting)

After receiving word of a meeting with the coordinator today at half 8, I was initially thinking he wanted to meet up with folks (like me) who were having problems. It was also nearing time to assign supervisors for individual dissertations. However, half an hour beforehand, he e-mailed me saying HE would like to supervise me! But, only “if I had no further plans”. As if! So thankfully my dissertation is “good to go” and has a supervisor who is the head of the course. So good news for a change! Though the class meeting seemed a little unnecessary (the other two girls in my “micro-group” had no supervisors and were still in proposal phase, so I felt a little like a prat when I mentioned I had a supervisor, and who it was!)

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OK it may not apply to me but a rather strongly worded e-mail summarizes my feelings when I looked at it today. Since I haven’t been given the “all clear”, it is rather worrying.

“Fellow Scholars,

I have had thesis proposals from most people in the class, and I will meet many of you tomorrow night.  However, if you did not get in touch with me and did not send me a proposal, the opportunity for submitting a thesis in September 2010 is rapidly fading.”

OK so I am slightly less worried because I am on the meeting list, and have sent revised proposals, but still! 😐

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First Meeting…

So I had a meeting with my course coordinator to try and improve my initial proposal. I had sent a “proto-proposal” and a draft proposal, which were riddled with problems. “Woolly” unclear and “very confused” was how my coordinator described it.

So my coordinator was kind enough to give me some of his time (it ended up being nearly an hour of it) to try and sort out this mess. Needless to say, I was in bad form going in, and I’m sure this was obvious. We got straight into the idea, and he wanted me to first “talk him through” it.

Oh yeah, the idea! I want to examine how the stories during the crisis Budgets of 1987 and 2009 in Ireland were “framed” by the Irish print media. Framing theory (and it’s offshoot, agenda-setting) are well documented theories about how stories are arranged in order of importance. I want to examine if the media arranged their stories to reflect the Budget crises, or whether the Editor determined  the “agenda” of the paper.

My coordinator seemed satisfied with my idea once I spoke to him about it, but he said I really need to work on writing it down clearly. For a proposal of 1,500 words (roughly) every sentence is important. Naturally this is something I failed utterly to realize. He ended the meeting by asking for a new draft proposal as soon as possible. Despite the Trinity Ball looming over me the next day(!) I said I’d have an email for him by hopefully Sunday. He ended the meeting by saying I had “good bones for a good thesis” but I wasn’t convinced, but that’s my problem, not his 😛

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