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.
- Rodrigues, U. M. and Ranganathan, M. (2015) Indian News Media: From Observer to Participant, Sage Publications.
- Ranganathan, M. and Rodrigues, U. 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.
- 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)
Multi Platform Journalism - Print, Television and Online
International Journalism; Public Affairs Journalism
Data Journalism; Business Journalism; Communication Research Methods
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
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.
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, GlobalVoices.org, Flipboard, Agora dialogue and others.
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?’ 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.
RECENT PUBLIC ENGAGEMENTS –
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 NDTV.com.
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 - http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/hindi/en/audiotrack/multicultural-communities-australia-relying-social-media-news
Media Interview, ABC Mildura Swan Hill https://www.abc.net.au/milduraswanhill/
Media Interview, 2SER Community Radio in Sydney http://2ser.com/australians-born-overseas-prefer-online-news-sources/
Media Interview, PM Modi' Note Ban Tweets One-way Public Address: Study, Indian Express, 2018.
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.
- Completed project: 'Cultural Diversity and News in Australia', supported by Social Cohesion Research Grant, Victoria Government, SBS and ECCV (external grant 2016-17).
'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.
(2020), pp. 161-173, Platform Capitalism in India, London, Eng., B1
Andrea Baker, Katrina Williams, Usha Rodrigues
(2020), Vol. 14, pp. 191-207, Journalism practice, London, Eng., C1
Deepak Joyappa, Usha Rodrigues
(2020), pp. 1-24, Asia Pacific Media Educator, London, Eng., C1
Usha Rodrigues, Jian Xu
(2020), pp. 1-13, Media International Australia, London, Eng., C1
Deepak Joyappa, Usha Rodrigues, Padma Rani
(2020), Vol. 12, pp. 39-57, SEARCH Journal of media and communication research, Selangor, Malaysia, C1
Catherine Lumby, Usha Rodrigues, Antoinette Lattouf, Dimitria Groutsis, Tim Soutphomassane, Isabel Lo
(2020), pp. 1-44, Research Report, Sydney, A6
(2019), Vol. 15, pp. 151-157, Global media and communication, London, Eng., C1
T Fearon, U Rodrigues
(2019), Vol. 25, pp. 102-121, Pacific journalism review, [Auckland, NZ], C1
Usha Rodrigues, Michael Niemann
(2019), Vol. 15, pp. 361-379, International journal of media and cultural politics, Bristol, Eng., C1
U Rodrigues, Michael Niemann, Yin Paradies
(2018), pp. 1-20, Journalism: theory, practice and criticism, London, Eng., C1
Tom Fearon, U Rodrigues
(2018), Vol. 24, pp. 119-136, Pacific journalism review, New Zealand, C1
U Rodrigues, M Niemann
(2017), Vol. 11, pp. 3134-3453, International Journal of Communication, Los Angeles, Calif., C1
U Rodrigues, Y Paradies
(2017), Vol. 47, pp. 38-51, Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, Abingdon, Eng., C1
(2017), Melbourne, Vic., A6
U Rodrigues, M Ranganathan
(2015), New Delhi, A1
(2015), pp. 1-33, Indian news media: from observer to participant, New Delhi, India, B1
(2015), pp. 96-120, Indian news media: from observer to participant, New Delhi, India, B1
(2015), pp. 148-174, Indian news media: from observer to participant, New Delhi, India, B1
(2015), pp. 114-124, India Election 2014: First Reflections, Poole, Eng., B1
(2014), Vol. 8, pp. 1-10, Global media journal : Australian edition, Penrith South, N. S. W., C1
(2014), pp. 1-17, Proceedings of the 2014 ANZCA Conference: The digital and the social: communication for inclusion and exchange, Melbourne, Vic., E1
M Ranganathan, U Rodrigues
(2010), New Delhi, India, A1-1
(2010), pp. 3-25, Indian media in a globalised world, New Delhi, India, B1-1
(2010), pp. 52-68, Indian Media in a Globalised World, B1-1
(2010), pp. 105-126, Indian Media in a Globalised World, B1-1
(2010), pp. 181-205, Indian Media in a Globalised World, B1-1
Television policy in India: An unfulfilled agenda
(2010), pp. 246-268, Indian Media in a Globalised World, B1-1
(2010), pp. 36-46, Media International Australia, C1-1
(2009), Vol. 3, pp. 1-15, Global media journal, Sydney, N.S.W., C1-1
(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
(2008), pp. 87-113, Youth, media and culture in the Asia Pacific region, Cambridge, England, B1-1
U Rodrigues, E Braham
(2008), Vol. 30, pp. 49-60, Australian journalism review, Magill, S.A., C1-1
(2008), Vol. 30, pp. 113-122, Australian journalism review, Magill, S.A., C1-1
U Rodrigues, B Smaill
(2008), Newcastle, England, A7-1
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
(2007), pp. 1-9, ANZCA 2007 : Communication, civics, industry : Proceedings of the 2007 Australian and New Zealand Communication Association conference, Melbourne, Victoria, E1-1
(2005), Vol. 27, pp. 171-186, Australian journalism review, Magill, S.A., C1-1
(2005), pp. 219-247, Australian studies in journalism, Brisbane, Qld., C1-1
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
Thesis entitled: Community Radio, Community Participation and Democratisation- The Ghanaian Experience
Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts