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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

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Biography

Experienced Journalist, Journalism Educator and Journalism Researcher.

Publications across national borders in journalism studies, particularly Australia and India; the 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:

  • Australia India Council grant 2017-18 - 'Capacity-building and knowledge-sharing in citizen journalism enterprise' (supported by CBAA, Jain Uni. and Ideosync Media, India. 
  • Victoria Government's Social Cohesion Research grant 2016-17 - '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.

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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.

 

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 - Kirsten Young's research project, The Representation of Culturally Diverse Groups in Australian Television Commercial Advertising, 2017.

Principal Supervisor - Joelle Chevalier's research project, Socio Ecological Injustices and the Media: Decolonial Voices Silenced, 2017.

Principal Supervisor - May Li's research project, Investigating the Influence of Social Networking Sites on the Reading Habits of University Students, 2017.

Teaching interests

Multi Platform Journalism - Print, Television and Online

International Journalism

Journalism Research

Units taught

Course Director - Bachelor of Communication (Honours) & 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 to 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:  

AUSTRALIA INDIA COUNCIL GRANT 2017-18, DFAT, $43,100 for a research project titled, "Capacity-building and knowledge-sharing in citizen journalism enterprise".

SOCIAL COHESION RESEARCH GRANT 2016-17, Victoria Government, $40,000 for a 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 SCHOLARSHIPS 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 GRANT 2013-14, $3,000 grant secured 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.

PUBLIC MEMORY RESEARCH CENTRE GRANT 2009, $2,500 from the University of Southern Queensland, for a 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 a 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 INNOVATION 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

Indian News Media: From Observer to Participant

U Rodrigues, M Ranganathan

(2015), New Delhi, A1

book

Introduction: Indian news media in a globalised era

U Rodrigues

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

chapter

The media, the social media and the elections

U Rodrigues

(2015), pp. 114-124, India Election 2014: First Reflections, Poole, Eng., B1

chapter
2014

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

U Rodrigues

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

journal

The Indian public sphere in social media era

U 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

Indian media in a globalised world

M Ranganathan, U Rodrigues

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

book

Glocalisation of Indian television

U Rodrigues

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

chapter

Print media in the era of globalisation

U Rodrigues

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

chapter

Citizen journalism and the public sphere in India

U Rodrigues

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

chapter

Public service broadcasting in India : Doordashan's legacy

U Rodrigues

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

chapter

Television policy in India : an unfulfilled agenda

U Rodrigues

(2010), pp. 246-267, Indian media in a globalised world, New Delhi, India, B1-1

chapter

The promise of a new media and development agenda

U Rodrigues

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

journal
2009

Globalisation, television and developmental agenda

U Rodrigues

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

journal

Bucking the trend : Indian print media

U Rodrigues

(2009), 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
2008

Youth media directory

U Rodrigues

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

chapter

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

U Rodrigues, E Braham

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

journal

Changing newsrooms : a survey of journalists in Victoria, Australia

U Rodrigues

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

journal

Citizen journalism in Australia

E Braham, U Rodrigues

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

conference
2007

Need for a cohesive television policy in India

U Rodrigues

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

conference
2005

Competition and television news in India : a content analysis

U Rodrigues

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

journal

Commercial influence on Indian public-service broadcasting

U Rodrigues

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

journal

Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

Transnational News and Multicultural Australia

Dr Usha Manchanda Rodrigues

  • 2017: $5,000
  • 2015: $5,000

Transnational News and Multicultural Australia

Dr Usha Manchanda Rodrigues, Prof Yin Paradies

  • 2016: $28,000

Advancing citizen journalism in India and Australia

Dr Usha Manchanda Rodrigues

  • 2017: $43,100

Supervisions

Executive Supervisor
2017

Mavis Essandoh

Thesis entitled: Community Radio, Community Participation and Democratisation- The Ghanaian Experience

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts