Rosianna Halse Rojas – Online Communities as Sites for Engagement
Although she just graduated from the University of Exeter this summer, Rosianna Halse Rojas has been making video blogs about wizards and intellectualism on the YouTube channel “missxrojas” since 2006 and has no intention of stopping any time soon. She was one of the 16 winners of the international YouTube NextVlogger competition and plans to grow her channel in order to facilitate focused and extensive discussion about the status of women online. At the online video conference VidCon 2012 in Anaheim, California, Rosianna organised and spoke on a panel about the challenges faced by female content creators, from harassment to tackling perceptions of what women are “supposed” to talk about. She also appeared on two panels at LeakyCon 2012 in Chicago, where she discussed fan journalism and the status of women in comic books. A proud nerdfighter (fighting for, not against nerds), Rosianna raised over £1,500 for The Stroke Association during the online telethon Project 4 Awesome at the end of 2011 and has worked on projects with Channel 4, Save the Children, The 7th Chamber and GBPosters. Additionally, Rosianna is the Editorial Director for entertainment website LeakyNews.com, which celebrates the freedom to “geek out” about television programmes, films and videogames and has an active Twitter following of over 135,000 users.