Prof. Brian P. O'Donoghue
Specialization: Journalism
Home institution in US: University of Alaska, Fairbanks
Host Institution in India: Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication, Pune, Maharashtra       
Start date/Month in India: July 2012
Duration of grant: 9 months

Brief Bio:
Dr. Brian P. O'Donoghue, 56, is a journalist, author and Journalism Department chair at University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). He studied history as an undergraduate and earned a M.A. in broadcast journalism from New York University in 1985. His early clips came as a freelance photographer for UPI Cairo in 1979. Bylines followed at weekly papers in Baltimore, Maryland, Washington, D.C. and New York. In 1986, the Frontiersman newspaper lured Dr. O'Donoghue to Alaska. Opportunities followed at the Fairbanks News-Miner, Anchorage Daily News and Northern Television Network. He scored a sporting first collecting Red Lanterns for last-place finishes in both Alaska's Iditarod and the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race. Those epic misadventures are chronicled in My Lead Dog was a Lesbian (Random House 1996) and Honest Dogs (Epicenter Press 1999). Dr. O'Donoghue is past president of Alaska Press Club and a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors. He joined UAF's faculty in 2001. In August 2009, Dr. O’Donoghue and three UAF student embeds traveled to Diyala, Iraq. Their stories, blogs and video coverage of the U.S. Army's 1-25th Stryker Brigade earned Alaska Press Club's 2010 Public Service Award.

Dr. O'Donoghue’s Fulbright research project, “Surviving the digital tsunami: Looking for answers from India's media,” will involve researching India's digital publication trends and business models seeking ideas that might assist struggling news organizations in America. India's newspapers enjoy a thriving marketplace providing resources--and every incentive--to serve projected online and mobile news audiences. Examples from urban and rural newsrooms in Alaska will provide the starting point, illustrating the revenue losses shrinking newsrooms in the U.S. and other Western democracies. The ensuing globe-spanning quest for solutions in India, where Dr. O'Donoghue will report on newsroom managers confronting digital information's approaching tsunami, provides the narrative framework for his planned book exploring the future of news.