US Academic Program selection

2 Bhattacharya

India member selected 

Mausumi Bhattacharyya, a  West Bengal media academic and board-member of IAWRT India, has been selected in the US government, Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) for Scholars, within the Journalism and Media Program.


The academic program for mid-career non-American scholars is comprised of a six week program focusing on media operation, teaching, and technological change. 

Dr, Bhattacharyya is currently an Associate Professor in the Centre for Journalism & Mass Communication at Visva-Bharati University, one of  India’s major government funded autonomous universities, which is located in Santiniketan, West Bengal. 

She says “The program will revolve around four main themes –  media, ethics, and society, legal frameworks for media freedoms, roles and responsibilities of journalism in a democracy and changing media business models in an era of technological change.  Ohio University will host the program from June 30 – August 12, 2016.”

“As a participant, I will get the opportunity to observe local, national, and international news organizations across Cleveland, Ohio; San Francisco, California; Atlanta, Georgia; and Washington, D.C. I will be able to discuss topics with working journalists and participate in exercises and projects. I will also be able to attend the prestigious Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) annual conference too as part of the fellowship.”

Dr. Bhattacharyya, is also a recipient of a 2015 IAWRT/FOKUS scholarship for her post doctoral research work  Mobile Phone: a new tool to empower rural women with special emphasis on Bolpur-SantiniketanThe study seeks to explore changes in the livelihoods of  women living in an underprivileged area, through the usage of mobile phones

It will also seek to explore a broader perspective for communication studies related to communication through mobile phone across India, as well as some of South-East Asia.