Chindu Sreedharan

Dr Chindu Sreedharan

  • 01202 965630
  • csreedharan at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Principal Academic in Journalism & Communication
  • Weymouth House W336, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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Chindu Sreedharan is a former journalist, with a keen interest in war reporting, social media, and narrative journalism.

He has a PhD in journalism -- specifically, on the reportage of the Kashmir crisis. His primary area of research is conflict reporting and peace journalism. Other interests include digital storytelling (Twitter fiction, mobile news), social media, and narrative journalism/longform, and Chindu invites research proposals in these areas.

Chindu is the Programme Leader for the newly launched MA Media & Communication. He teaches news and feature writing on the BA Communication & Media degree, and Investigative Journalism and Digital Magazines on MA Multimedia Journalism.

He also supervises PhD students researching conflict journalism/digital storytelling.

Chindu worked as a journalist in New Delhi, Mumbai and New York from 1993 to 2003 (Sunday Observer,, India Abroad, India in New York)...


Journal Articles



  • Sreedharan, C. and Thorsen, E., 2018. Voices from Nepal: Lessons in Post-Disaster Journalism. Voices from Nepal: Lessons in Post-Disaster Journalism. CsJCC, 15-49.
  • Allan, S. and Sreedharan, C., 2016. Visualising war: Photojournalism under fire. Routlege Handbook of Media, Conflict and Security. 93-105.
  • Sreedharan, C. and Thorsen, E., 2015. Marginalised voices and the Modification of the Indian media. India Election 2014: First Reflections. Bournemouth: Centre for the Study of Journalism, Culture and Community, Bournemouth University, 7-13.
  • Sreedharan, C., 2013. War and Peace Journalism. In: Fowler-Watt, K. and Allan, S., eds. Journalism: New Challengeså. Centre for Journalism & Communication Research.
  • Thorsen, E., Sreedharan, C. and Allan, S., 2013. WikiLeaks and Whistleblowing: The Framing of Bradley Manning. In: Brevini, B., Hintz, A. and McCurdy, P., eds. eyond WikiLeaks: Implications for the Future of Communications, Journalism and Society. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Sreedharan, C., Thorsen, E. and Allan, S., 2012. WikiLeaks and the changing forms of information politics in the ‘network society’. In: Downey, E. and Jones, M.A., eds. Public Service, and Web 2.0 Technologies: Future Trends in Social Media. IGI Global.


  • Sreedharan, C., Thorsen, E. and Gouthi, A., 2019. The Journalism of Rape: an inquiry into how sexual violence is reported in the Indian media. In: Revisiting, Reviewing, and Restructuring Spaces for Urban Women, Gender Conference 1-3 March 2019 Pune, India.
  • Thorsen, E. and Sreedharan, C., 2019. Rape and Sexual Violence in the News: Comparing Ten Newspapers Across Six Languages in India. In: MeCCSA 2019 Conference 9-11 January 2019 Stirling.
  • Bolat, E., O'Sullivan, H. and Sreedharan, C., 2016. Radicalising the Marketing of Higher Education: Learning from students - generated social media data. In: Academy of Marketing 4-7 July 2016 Newcastle, UK.
  • Bolat, E., O'Sullivan, H. and Sreedharan, C., 2016. Listening to students' conversations and stories - how, what and where? In: Contemporary Thought in HE Marketing Colloquium. 27 April 2016 Bournemouth, UK.
  • Sreedharan, C. and Price, L., 2015. The HONY Model: Extending The Journalism Classroom Using Social Media. In: 2016 Social Media for Learning in Higher Education Conference 16 December 2015 Sheffield.
  • Sreedharan, C., 2015. Nepal earthquake: social media for crisis reporting. In: Crisis Journalsim workshop delivered at the Symbiosis School of Liberal Arts 1 September 2015 Pune.
  • Sreedharan, C., 2015. Aftershock Nepal: Reporting A Crisis. In: Crisis journalism workshop delivered at Kathmandu University 6 August 2015 Kathmandu.
  • Sreedharan, C., 2015. Twitter for Other Purposes: the rise of Twitterfiction and the story of Epic Retold. In: Media and Society Seminar Series 25 March 2015 University of Madras, Chennai.
  • Sreedharan, C., 2015. After Snowfall: Immersive Journalism After 2012. In: Solvent Research Visitors Series 18 March 2015 Southampton.
  • Sreedharan, C., 2014. Social Media for journalists. In: Nepal Press Institute 28-29 April 2014 Kathmandu.
  • Sreedharan, C., 2014. Peace Journalism: an alternate way to report wars. In: Media and Society Seminar Series 28 March-28 October 2014 University of Madras, Chennai, India.
  • Thorsen, E., Sreedharan, C. and Allan, S., 2013. WikiLeaks and Whistleblowing: The Framing of Bradley Manning. In: International Communication Association Annual Conference 17-21 June 2013 London.
  • Thorsen, E., Sreedharan, C. and Allan, S., 2011. The media politics of WikiLeaks: public service or enemy of state? In: The Media Studies Conference 6-8 July 2011 BFI, London.
  • Thorsen, E., Sreedharan, C., Allan, S. and Andén-Papadopoulos, K., 2011. Truth and transparency: the media politics of Wikileaks. In: International Association for Media and Communications Research World Congress 13-17 July 2011 Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Thorsen, E., Sreedharan, C. and Allan, S., 2011. Journalism, transparency and accountability: WikiLeaks and the war in Iraq. In: The Future of Journalism Conference 8-9 September 2011 Cardiff University.
  • Thorsen, E., Sreedharan, C. and Allan, S., 2011. WikiLeaks: public service or enemy of state? In: Annual MeCCSA Conference 2011 12-14 January 2011 University of Salford, England..
  • Watson, T. and Sreedharan, C., 2010. The Senior Communicator of the Future – Competencies and Training Needs. In: 13th International Public Relations Research Conference: "Ethical Issues for Public Relations Practice in a Multicultural World" 10-14 March 2010 University of Miami, FL, USA. Gainesville, FL, USA: Institute for Public Relations.


Internet Publications


PhD Students

  • Arpapat Indradat. Peace Journalism and Thailand’s southern insurgency: The case study of The Bangkok Post and The Nation
  • Tara Douglas. Tales of the Tribe: Animation as a tool to preserve indigenous culture in North-East India
  • Khuldiya Al-Khalifa. Politics, terrorism and the news media: a case study of Saudi Arabia (completed)
  • Confidence Uwazuruike. Domestic Terrorism in Nigeria: News Reporting of Boko Haram
  • Abir Alhayali. Social Media in Arab uprisings: Syria as a case study
  • Adrian Butterworth. Narratology and short-form video: an inquiry into the South Korean Digital Multimedia Broadcasts
  • Dan Hogan. Inside Story: A practitioner’s perspective of the challenges of reporting and writing longform journalism
  • Walaa Naji Salem Bajnaid. The role of social media in enhancing women's rights in Saudi Arabia

Profile of Teaching PG

  • Investigative Journalism (MA Multimedia Journalism)
  • Environment, Conflict & Crisis News (MA Multimedia Journalism)
  • Digital Magazines (MA Multimedia Journalism)
  • Dissertation (MA Media & Communication)
  • Exhibition (MA Media & Communication)
  • Research Methods (MA Media & Communication)
  • News Theory (BA Multimedia Journalism)
  • Journalism in Global Contexts (MA Multimedia Journalism)
  • New Media Innovation (MA Multimedia Journalism)

Profile of Teaching UG

  • News Journalism (BA Communication & Media / BA English)
  • News Theory (BA Multimedia Journalism)


  • Media Action Against Rape and Sexual Violence In India (MAAR) (Higher Education Funding Council for England, 01 May 2018). In Progress
  • Aftershock Nepal: journalism after the earthquake (Bournemouth University, 01 Mar 2016). Completed
  • This is where I study: Social Journalism on Facebook (Bournemouth University, Fusion Investment Fund, FIF strand: Co-creation and co-production, 01 Feb 2015). Completed
  • Project India (Bournemouth University, 01 Feb 2014). In Progress

External Responsibilities

  • University of Bedfordshire, External Examiner, MA International Journalism (2012-)

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • Aftershock Nepal was a Bournemouth University-led journalistic intervention into the humanitarian crisis in Nepal after the 2015 earthquake there. A practice-led research project, in partnership with Kathmandu University and Tribhuvan University in Nepal, and Symbiosis International University and Amity University in India - to produce sustained news media coverage of how ordinary Nepalis were coping with life after the disaster, published online ( We also collaborated with three mainstream Indian news organisations - Huffington Post India, and Open Magazine - to further the reach of the reportage from our student journalists. 38 students and 7 staff across three nations collaborated on this challenging and complex project. We interviewed more than 150 earthquake survivors and published 93 stories, experimented with different forms of storytelling (including 360 video production). Background:
  • Project India provided alternative news coverage of the world’s largest exercise in representative democracy: the 2014 General Election in India. A collaborative journalism initiative led by Bournemouth University, it saw BU students working with their counterparts in India. We worked with four educational institutions in India. The University of Madras, Amity University, Jai Hind College, and Pondicherry University. In addition, we worked with three online news organisations —, and Several of our students travelled to India, and in all we published more than 70 news and feature articles. We published on a single-issue web site and several social media channels. In addition, our stories were also picked up by our media partners. In all, 43 young journalists worked on Project India — 15 of them from BU, and 28 from the four Indian institutions.


  • PhD in Journalism (Bournemouth University, 2009)
  • PG Dip in Journalism and Mass Communication (Madras Christian College, 1993)
  • BA in Economics (Kerala University, 1992)
  • PGCE in Research Supervision (Bournemouth University, 2011)


  • Development Journalism Fellowship for reportage on children affected by Kashmir conflict (National Foundation for India, 2000)
  • Best Paper in Track "HE Marketing" Award. (Academy of Marketing, 2016)


  • Association of Journalism Education, Member,
  • Faculty Research Degree Committee, Faculty of Media and Communication, Member (2010-),
  • International Association for Media and Communication Research, Member (2012-),
  • Media and the Inner World, Member,
  • Programme Leaders' Network, Bournemouth University, Member (2015-2017),
  • South Asian Journalists Association, Member,
  • War and Media Network, Member,
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