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Dr Usha Manchanda Rodrigues





Faculty of Arts and Education


Alfred Deakin Institute


Melbourne Burwood Campus

Biography summary

Experienced Journalist, Educator and Researcher in Journalism and Media Studies.

Extensive experience in curriculum development and teaching large classes in on-campus and online modes.

Teaching expertise in multi platform and international journalism.

Research expertise in contemporary news media practices including comparative media; social and mobile media; and citizen media.

Available to supervise research at Honours, Masters and PhD levels in Journalism, Digital/New Media, Comparative Media and Communication Studies.

Track record in leading teaching and research teams, including project collaborations with community and industry partners.

Career highlights


Journal articles

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.

Recent PhD Research Projects Supervised:

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

Recent Masters Academic Project Supervised:

  • Comparing Digital Citizenship: A Comparison of Citizens’ Response to Environment-Focused Digital Campaigns in the USA and Vietnam, Trang Vo, 2019.
  • News Consumption Patterns Inducing Fear Along Different Demographics, Sayalee Rakh,  2018.
  • The Representation of the North-Eastern Region of India in the Print Media, Sonia Singha, 2018.
  • The Representation of Culturally Diverse Groups in Australian Television Commercial Advertising, Kirsten Young, 2017.
  • Socio Ecological Injustices and the Media: Decolonial Voices Silenced, Joelle Chevalier, 2017.
  • Investigating the Influence of Social Networking Sites on the Reading Habits of University Students, May Li, 2017.
  • A Comparative Analysis of Television Coverage of the 2015 Tianjin Blasts by CCTV News and CNN International, Tom Fearon, 2016.
  • Student Mobility and the Efficacy of New Colombo Plan, Nihar Sreepada, 2016.
  • Investigating the Circulation of False Information, Hoaxes, Click Bait and Scams on Facebook, Jane Curtain, 2016.


Manipal Institute of Communication, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, India (Adjunct Professor)

International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR)

Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Inc. (ANZCA)

Media Diversity Australia, Victoria Chapter, Committee Member (MDA)

Teaching interests

Multi Platform Journalism - Print, Television and Online

International Journalism; Public Affairs Journalism

Data Journalism; Business Journalism; Communication Research Methods

Units taught

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

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

ALJ323 - Crossing Borders: Media in India (Study Tour - new unit created 2014-15)

ALJ721 - International News

ALJ304 - Local Journalism

ALJ712 - Broadcast Journalism

Course Director (2016) -

  • Bachelor of Communication (Honours) &
  • Master of Communication suite of courses including seven specialisations


Conferences convened:

The International Conference on Citizen and Community Media, June 6-7, 2019 at Deakin University.  Community media scholars and practitioners from 10 countries participated in the Australia India Council sponsored conference that aimed to promote a dialogue across national borders. The conference was supported by CBAA, Geelong 94.7 FM and Gippsland 104.7 FM, Australia; Citizen Matters, Radio Active CR 90.4 MHz and Ideosync Media Combine, India.

Cultural Diversity and News in Australia, September 13, 2017 at Deakin University.  Conference participants include the ABC's Gaven Morrison; the SBS's Jim Carroll; The New York Times Australian Editor Damien Cave; The Age's Michael Short; Women in Media Convenor Tracy Spicer; former President AHRC Gillian Triggs; Eddie Micallef, Chairperson, Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria Chairman Eddie Micallef; Australian Intercultural Society; Australian Intercultural Society Executive Director Ahmet Keskin; Director of Community Resilience and Social Inclusion, DPC, Victoria, Anna Parle among others.

Research papers presented (recent):

Rodrigues, Usha M. and Niemann, Michael (2020) '2019 Indian General Election and Social Media: Is Indian Journalism Facing its Greatest Challenge?', International Communication Association 2020 pre-conference, Digital Cultures of South Asia: Inequalities, Infrastructures, Informatization, USA (online), May 21.

Rodrigues, Usha M., Niemann, Michael and Paradies, Yin (2019) ‘Cultural Diversity and News in Australia’, The 10th International Conference on Intercultural Communication, Guangxi Arts University, Nanning, China, August 15-17.

Rodrigues, Usha M. (2019) ‘Did Social Media Have an Impact on the 2019 Indian Elections?’, The 2nd Comparative Communication Study International Symposium, Wuhan University, China, August 14.

Rodrigues, Usha M. and Niemann, Michael (2017) ‘Beyond election campaigns, implications of PM @NarendraModi’s bid to sideline the Fourth Estate in India’, International Communication Association, Asia conference, Mumbai, December 14-16.

Rodrigues, Usha M., Paradies, Yin and Niemann, Michael (2017) ‘Multiculturalism and media: A news content analysis’, Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation Annual conference - 50 years of naming institutional racism: Realising racial equity or intensifying injustices? Melbourne, November 1-3.

Rodrigues, Usha M. and Niemann, Michael (2017) ‘A New Challenge for Indian News Media: Modi’s Incessant Political Communication on Social Media’, Australia and New Zealand Communication Association annual conference, Sydney, July 4-8.

Professional activities

Recent Media Publications:

Whitewash on the box: how a lack of diversity on Australian television damages us all, The Conversation, August 17, 2020. Republished mUmBRELLA,, Flipboard, Agora dialogue and others.

India's Infodemic, East Asia Forum, July 13, 2020. Republished by IDN-Indepth News, International Press Syndicate.

COVID-19, Fake News and Fact Checking Take off, Geelong Advertiser, July 10, 2020.

Can India stop the social media runaway train?, Australia India Insitute, May 9, 2019.

Can India’s media shield the election from fake news?, East Asia Forum, April 23, 2019. Republished by Channel News Asia, Singapore

'Will social media decide India’s next election?' East Asia Forum, November 14, 2018.

'New research shows how Australia’s newsrooms are failing minority communities' The Conversation, October 11, 2018. Republished by Mumbrella.

'Australians born overseas prefer the online world for their news' The Conversation, November 8, 2017.

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

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

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

Media appearances


Media Interview 2020 - The Daily on Diversity in Australian Television report - 2SER

Media Interview 2020 - Oz media fails diversity test again - Indian Link

Media Interview 2020 - Australian Newsrooms not Nearly Diverse Enough - Adelaide Radio

Media Interview 2020 - Australian television a whitewash as Anglo-Celtic presenters dominate newsrooms - The Guardian, Australia

Media Interivew 2020 - 'Lack of diversity in Black Lives Matter coverage: A monolothic cultural background and colour' - SBS Feed

Media Interviews 2019 - Citizen and Community Media international conference and related project - Geelong FM 97.4 and 3CR

Expert Commentator - India election 2019: The debunked fake news that keeps coming back - BBC News

Expert commentator - An online battle for 900 million hearts and minds: India braces for election - Reuters, December 19, 2018. Republished in several news sites including

Panelist – Can Modi Win the World’s Biggest Election? - Indian Election Series, Australia India Institute, University of Melbourne, at the Victorian State Library, October 31, 2018

Panelist – The Media and Racism panel May 12, 2018, part of the series Not Racist, But… at The Wheeler Centre, Melbourne

Media Interview, SBS (Hindi and Mandarin) - Multicultural communities in Australia relying on social media for news -

Media Interview, ABC Mildura Swan Hill 

Media Interview, 2SER Community Radio in Sydney 

Media Interview, PM Modi' Note Ban Tweets One-way Public Address: Study, Indian Express, 2018.

Research groups

Member, Alfred Deakin Institute For Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University, Australia

Asian Media and Cultural Studies Network, Deakin University, Australia

South Asia Communication Association, USA


Significant Grants and Awards:  

Industry Grant 2019-2020, research project, Cultural Diversity and Media in Australia, a multi institutional project with Media Diversity Australia, Macquirie and Sydney universities, funding cash $125,000 and in-kind $110,000.

Australia India Council Grant (DFAT) 2017-18, research project, Capacity-building and Knowledge-sharing in Citizen Journalism Enterprise, cash contribution $43,100 + in-kind $27,000.

Social Cohesion Grant 2016-2017, Victoria Government, research project, Transnational News and Multicultural Australia, cash contribution $40,000 + in-kind.

SBS Grant 2015-2017, research project Transnational News Coverage in Australia, $15,000.

Visiting Professor, 2019, University of Hyderabad.

Visiting Professor, 2018, Manipal Academy of Higher Education.

Australia India Institute Incoming Leaders Fellowship 2017, AII @ Delhi, University of Melbourne.

Visiting Scholar, 2015, Michigan State University.

Internationalisation Award 2014, Faculty of Arts & Education, 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, for mentoring students as part of the Team Based Learning unit within the Faculty’s Work Integrated Learning suite of units.

Asiabound Student Scholarships 2015, DFAT, secured $20,000 for Deakin Journalism Students to join the Crossing Borders: Media In India (Journalism Study Tour).

Deakin Thinker In Residence Grant, secured $14,000 to facilitate Michigan State University’s Journalism Professor Stephen Lacy’s visit to Deakin University in 2013.


On-going research projects:

Cultural Diversity in Australian Media, a multi institutional project with Media Diversity Australia, Google, Isentia, MEAA, Macquarie University and University of Sydney, 2019-2020.

'Social Media and Political Communication' in India, a research project focused on transitioning Indian society and polity (2016-2020).

Guest Editor special theme issue Journalism Practice journal (Q1) on 'Journalism and Sexual Violence', 14 (2), 2020.

Fake News, Social Media, COVID and Racism 2020-2021.


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Political communication on social media platforms and its implications for the public sphere in India

Usha Rodrigues

(2020), pp. 161-173, Platform Capitalism in India, London, Eng., B1

book chapter

#metoo 2.0 to #meNOmore: analysing Western reporting about sexual violence in the music industry

Andrea Baker, Katrina Williams, Usha Rodrigues

(2020), Vol. 14, pp. 191-207, Journalism practice, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Mediamorphosis of Regional Newspapers: Utilisation of Internet Potentialities by Kannada Media

Deepak Joyappa, Usha Rodrigues

(2020), pp. 1-24, Asia Pacific Media Educator, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Regulation of COVID-19 Fake News Infodemic in China and India

Usha Rodrigues, Jian Xu

(2020), pp. 1-13, Media International Australia, London, Eng., C1

journal article

The Internet's Potential: A Study of Indian News Sites

Deepak Joyappa, Usha Rodrigues, Padma Rani

(2020), Vol. 12, pp. 39-57, SEARCH Journal of media and communication research, Selangor, Malaysia, C1

journal article

Who Gets to Tell Australian Story?

Catherine Lumby, Usha Rodrigues, Antoinette Lattouf, Dimitria Groutsis, Tim Soutphomassane, Isabel Lo

(2020), pp. 1-44, Research Report, Sydney, A6

research report/technical paper

Can Indian journalism survive the onslaught of social media?

U Rodrigues

(2019), Vol. 15, pp. 151-157, Global media and communication, London, Eng., C1

journal article

The dichotomy of China global television network's news coverage

T Fearon, U Rodrigues

(2019), Vol. 25, pp. 102-121, Pacific journalism review, [Auckland, NZ], C1

journal article

Political communication Modi style: a case study of the demonetisation campaign on Twitter

Usha Rodrigues, Michael Niemann

(2019), Vol. 15, pp. 361-379, International journal of media and cultural politics, Bristol, Eng., C1

journal article

Representation of news related to culturally diverse population in Australian media

U Rodrigues, Michael Niemann, Yin Paradies

(2018), pp. 1-20, Journalism: theory, practice and criticism, London, Eng., C1

journal article

The dichotomy of China Global Television Network's news coverage

Tom Fearon, U Rodrigues

(2018), Vol. 24, pp. 119-136, Pacific journalism review, New Zealand, C1

journal article

Social media as a platform for incessant political communication: a case study of modi's "Clean India" campaign

U Rodrigues, M Niemann

(2017), Vol. 11, pp. 3134-3453, International Journal of Communication, Los Angeles, Calif., C1

journal article

News consumption habits of culturally diverse Australians in the digital era: implications for intercultural relations

U Rodrigues, Y Paradies

(2017), Vol. 47, pp. 38-51, Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Transnational news and multicultural Australia project: cultural diversity and news in Australia

U Rodrigues

(2017), Melbourne, Vic., A6

research report/technical paper

Indian News Media: From Observer to Participant

U Rodrigues, M Ranganathan

(2015), New Delhi, A1


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

book chapter

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

U Rodrigues

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

book chapter

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

U Rodrigues

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

book chapter

The media, the social media and the elections

U Rodrigues

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

book chapter

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 article

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


Indian media in a globalised world

M Ranganathan, U Rodrigues

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


Glocalisation of Indian television

U Rodrigues

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

book chapter

Print media in the era of globalisation

U Rodrigues

(2010), pp. 52-68, Indian Media in a Globalised World, B1-1

book chapter

Citizen journalism and the public sphere in India

U Rodrigues

(2010), pp. 105-126, Indian Media in a Globalised World, B1-1

book chapter

Public service broadcasting in India: Doordarshan's legacy

U Rodrigues

(2010), pp. 181-205, Indian Media in a Globalised World, B1-1

book chapter

Television policy in India: An unfulfilled agenda

U Rodrigues

(2010), pp. 246-268, Indian Media in a Globalised World, B1-1

book chapter

The promise of a new media and development agenda

U Rodrigues

(2010), pp. 36-46, Media International Australia, C1-1

journal article

Globalisation, television and developmental agenda

U Rodrigues

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

journal article

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


Youth media directory

U Rodrigues

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

book 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 article

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 article

Youth, media and culture in the Asia Pacific region

U Rodrigues, B Smaill

(2008), Newcastle, England, A7-1

edited book

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


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


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 article

Commercial influence on Indian public-service broadcasting

U Rodrigues

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

journal article

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

  • 2017: $12,000
  • 2016: $28,000

Advancing citizen journalism in India and Australia

Dr Usha Manchanda Rodrigues

  • 2017: $43,100

Industry and Other Funding

Cultural Diversity in Australian Media.

Dr Usha Manchanda Rodrigues

  • 2019: $45,000


Executive Supervisor

Mavis Essandoh

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

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts