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    Biography

I am an award-winning bilingual multimedia journalist currently enrolled at Hong Kong Baptist University as a PhD candidate. I also teach at Hong Kong Metropolitan University. My academic endeavours rest at the intersections of journalism, international communication, political communication, 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: Academic Achievement Award, Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU), 2023

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), USA, 2023

Award: HKSAR Reaching Out Award, 2022-23

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

Winner: 3 Minute Thesis Speech Competition, HKBU, 2021

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

Recipient: RGC Hong Kong PhD Fellowship, Hong Kong, 2020

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

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

Publications: -

Kumar, A., & Thussu, D. (2023). Media, digital sovereignty and geopolitics: the case of the TikTok ban in India. Media, Culture & Society. https://doi.org/10.1177/01634437231174351 (SSCI)

Kumar, A. (2023). “Virus Jihad”: The (Mis) Representation of Muslims during Covid 19 Outbreak in Indian Media. Howard Journal of Communications. https://doi.org/10.1080/10646175.2023.2213181 (ESCI)

Kumar, A. (2023). Primetime Nationalism: Analysing Monologues on India’s Republic TV and Times Now During Indo-China Border Conflict. Journalism Studies.  https://doi.org/10.1080/1461670X.2023.2230306 (SSCI)

Kumar, A. (2023). State nationalism or popular nationalism? Analysing media coverage of TikTok ban on mainstream Indian TV news channels. Media Asiahttps://doi.org/10.1080/01296612.2023.2212507 (ESCI)

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 Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-18992-0_6

Kumar, A., & Thussu, D. K. (2024). Primetime narratives on Russia–Ukraine conflict on India’s Republic TV. International Communication Gazette, 86(1), 73-88. https://doi.org/10.1177/17480485231220143 (SSCI)

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. (SSCI)

Kumar, A. & Bhat, P. (2024). Investigative Reporting in Indian News Media: A Critical Analysis of its Role in Propaganda. Journalism Practice. (SSCI)

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

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