Dr Usha Manchanda Rodrigues

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Senior Lecturer

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

SCCA Arts & Ed

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Contact

Biography

Course Director, Master of Communication & Bachelor of Communication (Honours)

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Biography summary

More than 25 years of work experience as a Journalist and a Journalism Educator.

Research interest and publication across national borders in Journalism Studies, particularly Australia and India; impact of globalisation on media and social media's role in participatory journalism practices. 

Journalism practice and teaching experience spans multiple media platforms - news agency, print, television and online. Teaching journalism includes pioneering work in curriculum develoment, contributing to numerous students' success in the profession.

Available to supervise Masters and PhD research projects in wide ranging contemporary journalism topics including changing news media practices, international journalism and citizen/community media.

Communication topics in social media, global media, and digital media.

Research interests

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

Transnational journalism practices, including topics in globalisation of media, comparative media studies and Asian media particularly news media in India.

Teaching interests

Multi-platform/ multimedia Journalism (digital, print and television).

Transnational Journalism.

Units taught

News Reporting 1 (ALJ111 - re-scoped unit for 2013 including news writing, news reporting, photojournaism and radio news);

News Reporting 2 (ALJ112 - designed new unit for 2013-14 including news writing, news reporting, social media tools and mobile/video journalism);

Crossing Borders: Media in India (ALJ323 Journalism Study Tour - designed new unit for 2014, next offered in 2017)

Multimedia Reporting

Expertise

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

Conferences

Rodrigues, Usha M. (2014) 'The Indian Public Sphere in Social Media Era', ANZCA conference, Melbourne, Australia, July.

Rodrigues, Usha M. (2013) ‘Indian News Media in the Age of Social Media: A Study of Delhi Gang-rape Coverage’, Mediasia Conference, Osaka, Japan, November.

Rodrigues, Usha M. (2012) 'The Rise of Civil Society and Traditional News Media in India', invited paper for the India Media Symposium, School of Journalism & Communication, University of Queensland, Brisbane, November.

Rodrigues, Usha M. (2012) 'Anna Hazare's Movement Against Corruption: Indian Media Blows Hot and Cold', Journalism Education Association of Australia annual conference, Deakin University, December.

Rodrigues, Usha M. (2009) 'The Promise of New Media and the Development Agenda', Australian Media Traditions 6th Biennial Conference: Internationalising Media History: From Australia to the World, Sydney, November.

Rodrigues, Usha M. (2008) 'Television Policy and Development Agenda in India', Ninth International Women in Asia Conference, Brisbane, September-October.

Professional activities

Significant Recent Journalism Publications:

'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.

'MSM Follows Social Media in Wall Street Protests', The Hoot, October 20, 2011.

'Merging Old and New Media: A New Research Agenda', The Hoot, June 3, 2011.

'What does racism actually mean? National Times, The Age, January 8, 2009.

'Media Hysteria Over Attacks in Australia', The Hoot, January 12, 2009.

'To Go or Not?, NxG, The Hindu, June 11, 2009.

'Voter Writes', Unleashed, the ABC, May 22, 2009.

'More than Slumdogs', Unleashed, the ABC, March 2, 2009.

'Is Journalism besieged?', The Hoot, November 4, 2008.

'Blogging Comes Alive', The Hindu Magazine, January13, 2008.

'Apology and the Public Sphere', The Hoot, Feb.23, 2008.

'Caught Between Nationalism and Fair Reporting', The Hoot, Jan.8, 2008.

Awards

Awards and Achievements At Deakin:

VISITING SCHOLAR, Michigan State University March-April 2015.

INTERNATIONALISATION AWARD 2014, Faculty of Arts and 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 and Law, Deakin University, for mentoring students as part of the Team Based Learning unit within the Faculty’s Work Integrated Learning suite.

Projects

In progress:

Indian elections and the public sphere.

Transnational news and multicultural Australia.

Business news model - an Australian case study.

Social media's impact on journalism - a comparative study.

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

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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
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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