Deepa Fadnis

Ph.D. Student

Deepa Fadnis is a fourth year doctoral student at the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.

Her research investigates the sociological aspects of the newsgathering process across multi-platform journalistic mediums. She uses the social constructionist framework to understand the portrayal of men and women in news media. She is also interested in studying the performative nature of men’s online behavior through social media and big data research. Her work has been published in academic journals such as Journalism Studies, The International Journal of Press/Politics, Newspaper Research Journal and Visual Communication Quarterly. She has also co-authored a chapter in the book titled ‘Scandals in the Digital Age’.

Deepa has assisted in the instruction of courses on news writing, reporting, digital storytelling, visual communication and data visualization. She is an editor for Reporting Texas, a digital media initiative by the School of Journalism at UT Austin. Reporting Texas is an online news outlet that helps young journalists gain experience in community and local news reporting. Deepa works closely with graduate students as they refine their storytelling, news writing and multimedia skills. She also manages the backend site for Reporting Texas hosted by Wordpress.

She has also taught undergraduate courses in writing for social media platforms and using interactive online tools.

Deepa received the prestigious McCombs Award for Research Publishing in 2016 and 2017. During the course of her doctoral program she has also taken the Agenda Setting seminar with Dr. Maxwell McCombs and the Framing seminar with Dr. Stephen D. Reese. She has also been in Dr. Reese’s Media Sociology class, which has inspired her own work immensely. Prior to joining academia, she was a beat reporter for the Financial Times and The Economist in New York City, NY. In India, she covered the banking beat for The Economic Times.

She lives in Austin, Texas, with her 2-year-old Dachshund-mix puppy, Chiku.