Staff profile - Usha Manchanda Rodrigues

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Dr Usha Manchanda Rodrigues

Position: Lecturer in Multimedia Journalism
role description
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Arts & Education
Department: School of Communication & Creative Arts
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 92443045 +61 3 92443045



Teaching and Research staff in Journalism

Biography summary

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

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.

Research interest and publication across national borders in Journalism Studies, particularly Australia, India and the USA. 

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

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.

LinkedIn profile


Teaching Interests

Multi-platform Journalism (online, print and television).

International Journalism.

Investigative and Data Journalism.

Subjects and units currently teaching

Contemporary Journalism A (ALJ111 - re-scoped unit including news writing, news reporting, photojournaism and radio news);

Comparative Journalism B (ALJ112 - designed new unit including news writing, news reporting, social media tools and mobile/video journalism);

Multimedia Journalism (ALJ301).

Expertise summary

Multiplatform Journalism; Indian Media; Transnational Media; Citizen Journalism.

Student supervision

Current PhD Projects:

Associate Supervisor -- Mrs Mavis Essandoh, PhD project 'The Role of Community Radio Stations in Community Mobilisation and Democratic Governance--The Ghanian Experience'.

Associate Supervisor -- Ms Linda Jones, PhD project “Are Regional Newspapers Immune to the Changing Internet Convergence Culture?”

Associate Supervisor -- Mr Vincent Murwira, Masters/PhD project "Is journalism education in Australia today keeping pace with technological and pedagogic changes and meeting the needs of the news industry?-An investigation".


Recent Projects:

Associate Supervisor -- Dr Mary Anne Hall, project “Interpretive Communities and the Legitimation of News Values: A Recursive Framing Analysis of the Representation of Refugees in the Press”, 2009 (Passed).

Principal Supervisor -- Mr Han L. Chang, project “Wired to the Future: Convergence and the Mainstream Print Media in Malaysia”, 2008.

Principal Supervisor -- Ms Sarah Abo, Honours Dissertation “Media Law in Australia and Its Impact on Ownership”, 2008 (HD).

Principal Supervisor -- Ms Emily Braham, Honours Dissertation “Participatory Journalism in Australia. How Australia’s Media is Responding to New Audience Demands and the New Media”, 2007 (HD).

Conferences and seminars

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.


Research projects

In progress:

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

Indian elections and the public sphere.

Youth and citizen media practices in Australia and India.  

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.

Research grants

Field Research Grant, Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University, 2014.

Student Mobility Program Grant, Faculty of Arts and Education 2013-14 Internationalisation Implementation Plan, Deakin University.

Deakin Thinker-in-Resident Scheme Grant 2012, to facilitate Michigan State University Professor Stephen Lacy’s visit to Deakin University, July-August 2013.

Conference Travel Grant (External),  Australian Media Traditions 6th Biennial Conference, Internationalising Media History: From Australia to the World, Centre for Media History, Macquarie University, 2009.

Research Project Grant, Public Memory Research Centre, University of Southern Queensland, 2009. 

Research Project Grant (External), Australian Centre for Independent Journalism, University of Technology Sydney, 2007. 

Asia Pacific Futures Research Grant (External), to organise an international conference Youth, Media and Culture in the Asia Pacific Region Conference at Monash, Asia Pacific Futures Research Network, UTS, 2005. 




Rodrigues, Usha M. and Ranganathan, Maya (2014) Indian News Media: From Observer to Participant, Sage Publications.

Ranganathan, Maya and Rodrigues, Usha M. (2010) Indian Media in a Globalised World, Sage Publications.

Rodrigues, Usha M. and Smaill, Belinda (Eds) (2008) Youth, Media and Culture in the Asia Pacific Region, Cambridge Scholars Press, U.K.


Recent Refereed Publications:

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

Rodrigues, Usha M. (2014) 'Social media’s impact on journalism: A study of media’s coverage of anti-corruption protests in India', Global Media Journal: Australian Edition, 8(1).

Rodrigues, Usha M. (2010) ‘The promise of new media and development agenda’, Media International Australia, no 137: 36-46.

Rodrigues, Usha M. (2009) ‘Globalisation of Indian Television and Development’, Global Media Journal: Australia Edition, 3(2).

Rodrigues, Usha M. (2009) ‘Television Policy in India and Development: An Unfulfilled Agenda’, Communication for Development and Social Change, vol 3(1-4).

Rodrigues, Usha M. (2009) ‘Bucking the Trend: Indian Print Media’, Journalism Education in the Digital Age: Sharing Strategies and Experiences, JEA 2009 Conference, Perth, Nov 30-Dec 2. Available at:

Rodrigues, Usha M. and Braham, E. (2008) ‘Citizen Journalism and the Public Sphere’, Australian Journalism Review, vol 30 (2): 49-60.

Rodrigues, Usha M. (2008) ‘Changing Newsrooms: A Survey of Journalists in Victoria, Australia’, Australian Journalism Review, vol 30(1): 113-122.   

Braham, E. and Rodrigues, U. M. (2008) ‘Citizen Journalism in Australia’, Convergence, Citizen Journalism and Social Change: Building Capacity Conference, Brisbane, March 26-28. Available at:

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