Alette Schoon's teaching areas include TV production and mobile communication ethnographies. She has pioneered mobile phone video production and participatory video production at Rhodes through projects with her students in collaboration with Grocott's Mail and the Upstart Youth Development project. Alette's professional production includes the production of television factual inserts and documentaries: she has also been involved in training South African professional journalists in new approaches to TV news, and has worked with journalism students from across South Africa and from Mozambique to develop their television skills.
Alette is currently busy with a PhD at UCT exploring how media-savvy hip-hop artists from low-income neighbourhoods use their mobile phones in conjunction with computers and laptops to produce innovative media ecologies. She is also busy publishing work from her MA research, as well as some recent work on the Facebook page of The Daily Sun newspaper.