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Dr Usha Manchanda Rodrigues

Position: Lecturer In Multimedia Journalism
role description
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Arts and Education
Department: SCCA Arts & Ed
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 92443045 +61 3 92443045



Research and Teaching staff in Multimedia Journalism

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 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/ multimedia Journalism (digital, print and television).

Transnational Journalism.

Subjects and units currently teaching

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 2016)

Multimedia Reporting (ALJ710 - re-designed postgrad unit for 2015).

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'.

Recent Projects:

Associate Supervisor -- Ms Linda Jones, PhD project “Are Regional Newspapers Immune to the Changing Internet Convergence Culture?”, 2013-2014.

Associate Supervisor -- Dr Mary Anne Hall, PhD 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, PhD 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.


Awards and prizes

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.

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.

ASIABOUND STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS 2015, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Government of Australia, on behalf of Deakin University for Journalism Students to join the Crossing Borders: Media In India (Study Tour) program.


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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