Dr Usha Manchanda Rodrigues

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Position

Senior Lecturer in Communication

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

SCCA Arts & Ed

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Contact

Biography

Experienced Journalist, Journalism Educator and Journalism Researcher.

Publications across national borders in journalism studies, particularly Australia and India; impact of globalisation on media, and social media's role in participatory journalism practices and political communication.

Research expertise in contemporary journalism practices including transnational journalism, digital media, social media and community media.

Working with industry and community organisations on empirical research projects.  Victoria Government's Social Cohesion Research Grant Recipient 2016 - 'Transnational News and Multicultural Australia' (supported by SBS and ECCV).

Available to supervise research projects in a wide range of contemporary journalism topics including changing news media practices, journalism in Asia and, citizen and social media at Honours, Masters and PhD levels.

Teaching and Curriculum Development Expertise in News Reporting, Television Journalism, Multi-platform Journalism and International Journalism. 

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Biography summary

Experienced Journalist, Journalism Educator and Journalism Researcher.

Research expertise in contemporary journalism practices including transnational journalism, digital media, social media and community media.

Teaching across multi-platform and international journalism units.

Available to supervise research projects in a wide range of contemporary journalism topics including changing news media practices, journalism in Asia and, citizen and social media at Honours, Masters and PhD levels.

Research interests

Research Interests:

Changing Journalism practices across multiple platforms, including the impact of social media and citizen media; &

Transnational journalism practices including globalisation of media, Australian media and Asian media particularly news media in India.

 

Current PhD Research Projects:

Executive Supervisor -- Mrs Mavis Essandoh's PhD project The Role of Community Radio Stations in Community Mobilisation and Democratic Governance--The Ghanian Experience - 2014-2017.

Co-Supervisor -- Mr Charitha Dissanayake's PhD project Developing a New Radio Program Model for Ethnic Listeners in Australia - 2016-2020.

 

Recent Honours research projects:

Principal Supervisor -- Mr Andrew Robert Mitchell dissertation, Audience Engagement When Second Screen Viewing Television, 2016.

Principal Supervisor -- Mr Ben Hart dissertation, (tentative topic) The role of internal strategic and organsational capabilities in the decline of traditional media in Australia, 2017.

 

Recent Master of Communication research projects:

Principal Supervisor - Tom Fearon's research project, A Comparative Analysis of Television Coverage of the 2015
Tianjin Blasts by CCTV News and CNN International, 2016.

Principal Supervisor - Nihar Sreepada's research project, Student Mobility and the Efficacy of New Colombo Plan, 2016.

Principal Supervisor - Jane Curtain's research project, Investigating the Circulation of False Information, Hoaxes, Click Bait and Scams on Facebook, 2016.

Principal Supervisor - 2017 (in progress)

Joelle Chevalier;

May Li;

Namcheja Maghembe; 

Kirsten Young;

Sonia Singha.

Teaching interests

Multi Platform Journalism - Print, Television and Online

International Journalism

Journalism Research

Units taught

Course Director - Bachelor of Communication (Honours) - 2016

Course Director -  Master of Communication - 2016

Master of Communication course directorship included coordinating nested courses -- Graduate Certificate in Communication; Graduate Diplomas in Communication; Graduate Diploma in Public Relations, Graduate Diploma in Journalism, Graduate Diploma in Digital Media, Graduate Diploma in Visual Communication, Graduate Diploma in Film & Television

 

Units Taught at Deakin include,

ALJ111 - News Reporting 1 (re-designed unit in 2013)

ALJ112 - News Reporting 2 (new unit written in 2013)

ALJ323 - Crossing Borders: Media in India (Journalism Study Tour yo India- designed new unit for 2014)

ALJ301 - Multimedia Reporting

ALJ721 - International News

Expertise

Transnational News Media; Contemporary Journalism Practices; Indian media; Social Media; Citizen Journalism.

Professional activities

Significant Recent Journalism Publications:

‘Can Journalism withstand Trump?’ TheHoot.org, March 1, 2017.

‘Indian Print Media Defying the Odds?’ East Asia Forum, January 28, 2017. 

'Hashtag Modi and Demonetisation', The Hoot, January 12, 2017.

'Women Stay Away From Indian Politicians Online', The Hoot, May 9, 2014.

'Fact Checking is in Fashion', The Conversation, August 30, 2013.

'He says, she says: so the journalists say on asylum policy', The Conversation, August 8, 2013.

'Intermedia Agenda Setting’, The Hoot, January 18, 2013.

'Has Indian News Media Come of Age?’ The Hoot, January 4, 2013   

'Creators of Their Own News', The Hoot, March 24, 2012.

'The Vigilante Network?', The Hoot, March 19, 2012.

Awards

External and significant internal grants and awards:  

SOCIAL COHESION RESEARCH GRANT 2016-17, Victoria Government, $40,000 for research project titled, "Transnational News and Multicultural Australia".

SBS GRANT 2015-17, $15,000 for research project Transnational News Coverage in Australia. 

VISITING SCHOLAR 2015, Michigan State University, March-April.

INTERNATIONALISATION AWARD 2014, Faculty of Arts & Education, Deakin University, for establishing academic, vocational and cultural links in India for the School of Communication and Creative Arts and Journalism discipline.

TEAM TEACHING EXCELLENCE AWARD 2014, Faculty of Business & Law, Deakin University, for mentoring students as part of the Team Based Learning unit within the Faculty’s Work Integrated Learning suite of units.

ASIABOUND STUDENT SCHOLRSHIPS 2014-5, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia, secured $20,000 for Deakin Journalism Students to join the Crossing Borders: Media In India (1st ever Journalism Study Tour) program.

STUDENT MOBILITY PROGRAM GRNT 2013-14, $3,000 grant secrued under the ‘Internationalisation Implementation Plan’, Faculty of Arts & Education, Deakin University, to organise Journalism 1st Study Tour to India, and forge academic partnerships with Indian universities.

DEAKIN THINKER IN RESIDENCE SCHEME GRANT 2012, secured $14,000 to facilitate Michigan State University’s Journalism Professor Stephen Lacy’s visit to Deakin University in 2013.

CENTRE FOR MEDIA HISTORY CONFERENCE TRAVEL GRANT 2009, $1,000 from Macquarie University to present a paper at the Australian Media Traditions 6th Biennial Conference.

PUBLIC MEMORY RESEARCH CENTRE GRANT 2009, $2,500 from the University of Southern Queensland, for research project titled, 'Bucking the Trend: Indian Print Media'.

AUSTRALIAN CENTRE FOR INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM RESEARCH GRANT 2007, secured $3,500 from the University of Technology Sydney, for project titled, 'Journalism Values: A Generational Evaluation'. 

ASIA PACIFIC FUTURE RESEARCH NETWORK GRANT 2005, secured $7,000 grant to convene 'Youth, Media and Culture in the Asia Pacific Region' Conference at Monash in 2006. This external funding was matched by the Faculty of Arts, Monash. Total conference funding - $14,000.

CURRICULUM INNVOATION 2005, recognition of teaching expertise in the Monash University's Vice-Chancellor’s Showcase of Teaching Excellence. Re-designed the Online Journalism unit in 2004-05, wherein journalism students produced their one of the 1st news web sites in Australia. 

POYNTER FELLOWSHIP 2004, to participate in ‘Convergence Journalism for College Educators’ seminar, Poynter Institute, Florida, USA.

UNIT INNOVATION GRANT 2003-04, Faculty of Arts, Monash University, secured $10,000 to rejuvenate core Journalism curriculum at Monash.

Projects

In progress -

'Transnational News and Multicultural Australia' - funded by Social Cohesion Research Grant, Victoria Government, the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) and the Ethnic Communities Coucil of Victoria (external grant 2016-17).

'Business News Model' - An Australian Case Study research.

'Social Media and Political Communication' in India research.

Publications

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2015

News media's role in a transitioning society

Dr Usha Manchanda Rodrigues

(2015), pp. 203-232, Indian news media : From observer to participant, Thousand Oaks, California, B1

chapter

24-hour news and terror: did the media cross the line?

Dr Usha Manchanda Rodrigues

(2015), pp. 96-120, Indian news media: from observer to participant, New Delhi, India, B1

chapter

Anna's movement: social media sets traditional media's agenda

Dr Usha Manchanda Rodrigues

(2015), pp. 148-174, Indian news media: from observer to participant, New Delhi, India, B1

chapter

Introduction: Indian news media in a globalised era

Dr Usha Manchanda Rodrigues

(2015), pp. 1-33, Indian news media: from observer to participant, New Delhi, India, B1

chapter
2014

Social media's impact on journalism : a study of media's coverage of anti-corruption protests in India

Dr Usha Manchanda Rodrigues

(2014), Vol. 8, pp. 1-10, Global media journal : Australian edition, Penrith South, N. S. W., C1

journal

Indian news media : from observer to participant

Dr Usha Manchanda Rodrigues, Maya Ranganathan

(2014), New Delhi, India, A1

book

The Indian public sphere in social media era

Dr Usha Manchanda Rodrigues

(2014), pp. 1-17, Proceedings of the 2014 ANZCA Conference: The digital and the social: communication for inclusion and exchange, Melbourne, Vic., E1

conference

The media, the social media and the elections

Dr Usha Manchanda Rodrigues

(2014), pp. 114-124, India Election 2014: First Reflections, Poole, Eng., B1

chapter
2010

Citizen journalism and the public sphere in India

Dr Usha Manchanda Rodrigues

(2010), pp. 105-126, Indian media in a globalised world, New Delhi, India, B1-1

chapter

The promise of a new media and development agenda

Dr Usha Manchanda Rodrigues

(2010), pp. 36-46, Media international Australia, St Lucia, Qld., C1-1

journal

Indian media in a globalised world

Maya Ranganathan, Dr Usha Manchanda Rodrigues

(2010), New Delhi, India, A1-1

book

Citizen journalism and the public sphere in India

Dr Usha Manchanda Rodrigues

(2010), pp. 105-126, Indian media in a globalised world, New Delhi, India, B1-1

chapter

Print media in the era of globalisation

Dr Usha Manchanda Rodrigues

(2010), pp. 52-68, Indian media in a globalised world, New Delhi, India, B1-1

chapter

Public service broadcasting in India : Doordashan’s legacy

Dr Usha Manchanda Rodrigues

(2010), pp. 181-205, Indian media in a globalised world, New Delhi, India, B1-1

chapter

Glocalisation of Indian television

Dr Usha Manchanda Rodrigues

(2010), pp. 3-25, Indian media in a globalised world, New Delhi, India, B1-1

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2009

Bucking the trend : Indian print media

Dr Usha Manchanda Rodrigues

(2009), pp. -, JEA 2009 : Journalism education in the digital age : sharing strategies and experiences : Proceedings of the 2009 Journalism Education Association (Australia). Conference, Perth, Western Australia, E1-1

conference

Globalisation, television and developmental agenda

Dr Usha Manchanda Rodrigues

(2009), Vol. 3, pp. 1-15, Global media journal, Sydney, N.S.W., C1-1

journal
2008

Changing newsrooms : a survey of journalists in Victoria, Australia

Dr Usha Manchanda Rodrigues

(2008), Vol. 30, pp. 113-122, Australian journalism review, Magill, S.A., C1-1

journal

Citizen journalism and the public sphere : a study of the status of citizen journalism

Dr Usha Manchanda Rodrigues, Emily Braham

(2008), Vol. 30, pp. 49-60, Australian journalism review, Magill, S.A., C1-1

journal

Youth media directory

Dr Usha Manchanda Rodrigues

(2008), pp. 87-113, Youth, media and culture in the Asia Pacific region, Cambridge, England, B1-1

chapter

Citizen journalism in Australia

Emily Braham, Dr Usha Manchanda Rodrigues

(2008), pp. -, AMIC 2008 : Convergence, Citizen Journalism and Social Change : Building Capacity : Proceedings of the Asian Media Information and Communication Conference, Brisbane, Qld., E1-1

conference
2007

Need for a cohesive television policy in India

Dr Usha Manchanda Rodrigues

(2007), pp. 1-9, ANZCA 2007 : Communication, civics, industry : Proceedings of the 2007 Australian and New Zealand Communication Association conference, Melbourne, Vic., E1-1

conference
2005

Commercial influence on Indian public-service broadcasting

Dr Usha Manchanda Rodrigues

(2005), pp. 219-247, Australian studies in journalism, Brisbane, Qld., C1-1

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Competition and television news in India : a content analysis

Dr Usha Manchanda Rodrigues

(2005), Vol. 27, pp. 171-186, Australian journalism review, Magill, S.A., C1-1

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Grants

Other Public Sector Funding

Transnational News and Multicultural Australia

Dr Usha Manchanda Rodrigues

  • 2015: $5,000

Transnational News and Multicultural Australia

Dr Usha Manchanda Rodrigues, Prof Yin Paradies

  • 2016: $28,000

Supervisions

No completed student supervisions to report