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I am an award winning bilingual multimedia journalist currently enrolled at Hong Kong Baptist University as a PhD candidate. My academic endeavours rest at the intersections of journalism,  nationalism, conflict, and new media.

For the record:-

Pursuing PhD in Journalism, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong 

MA in IR and Democratic Politics, University of Westminster, UK

MA in TV Journalism, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

BA in Journalism and Mass Communication, Shobhit University, India

Short Courses: -

Digital Humanities in Practice, Harvard University, USA

 International Development, University of Cambridge, UK

Awards/recognition/scholarship: -

Award: Outstanding Performance, Third Year PhD student, HKBU, 2023

Award: Second Prize. Best student research paper. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), 2023, USA

Award: HKSAR Reaching Out Award, 2022-23

Award: Outstanding Performance, Second Year PhD student, HKBU, 2022

Winner: 3 Minute Thesis Speech Competition, 2021, Hong Kong Baptist University

Award: Outstanding Performance, First Year PhD student, HKBU, 2021

Recipient: RGC Hong Kong PhD Fellowship, 2020

Winner: Broadcast Journalism and Training Council Group Award, 2017, UK

Recipient: Governor Appreciation, Best Radio Show for public awareness during elections, 2010, India


Kumar, A., & Thussu, D. (2023). Media, digital sovereignty and geopolitics: the case of the TikTok ban in India. Media, Culture & Society.

Kumar, A. (2023). “Virus Jihad”: The (Mis) Representation of Muslims during Covid 19 Outbreak in Indian Media. Howard Journal of Communications.

Kumar, A. (2023). Primetime Nationalism: Analysing Monologues on India’s Republic TV and Times Now During Indo-China Border Conflict. Journalism Studies.

Kumar, A. (2023). State nationalism or popular nationalism? Analysing media coverage of TikTok ban on mainstream Indian TV news channels. Media Asia

Thussu, D.K., Kumar, A. (2023). India: Mapping Journalism in the World’s Largest Democracy. In: Bebawi, S., Onilov, O. (eds) Different Global Journalisms. Palgrave Studies in Journalism and the Global South. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.

Projects Underway:-

Kumar, A. & Nguyen, M. (2024). Manufacturing digital anger: exploring discursive construction of cancel culture on Twitter in India. Book chapter. Routledge.

Kumar, A. (2024).Towards a new global communication order. Encyclopedia of Political Communication. Edward Elgar Publishers.

Kumar, A. & Thussu, D. (2024). Aligned or non-aligned? Analysing media coverage of the Ukraine-Russia conflict in Indian media. International Communication Gazette.

Kumar, A. (2024). 'Biased facts'. Exploring the rise of anti-fact-checking populism in India. Book Chapter. Routledge.

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