Dr. Francis P. Barclay

  • I started my career as a copy-editor in a local English newspaper in 2005, just when I completed my post-graduation. Now, I have a wide and varied experience in hardcore journalism, dedicated teaching practice and rigorous research publications. In 2008, I was appointed the Assistant Editor of a national daily, DNA. Meanwhile, I had also completed my MPhil degree. After serving the paper for five years, I quit the job to take up a full-time PhD programme in Journalism and Mass Communication. Teaching and publications in peer-reviewed journals were part of that research agenda. I joined the Department of Media and Communication of the Central University of Tamil Nadu as the Head (in-charge) on June 8, 2016, and am serving the Central-government institution as a permanent faculty member. Journalism practices, political communication in the Indian mainstream media and public opinion expressed on the online media are my research focus. With a rare and potent mix of industrial experience and academic excellence, now, I am up for research and teaching in an international institution. I am passionate about political research and empowerment of the people. I had been practising interactive and innovative methods to teach news writing and research methods. Having worked with several national newspapers in a competitive environment, I have become adept in the different forms of writing and news presentation. I have also trained postgraduate students in research and scholarly initiatives, and have helped them publish in international journals. Apart from writing, I have an interest in art as well. I redesign newspapers. I understand the value of both content and design. I draw digital political cartoons for a newspaper. Digital media and their political effects are also the core areas of my scholarly research. I am also editing a research journal (http://jmc.cutn.ac.in/ )

  • Media effects, politics, social media, media dependence, media addiction, print media
  • Barclay, Francis P., C. Pichandy, Anusha Venkat. (2016). Media effect: correlation between press trends and election results. Media Asia, 1-17; 23(2); 134-160 | DOI: 10.1080/02185377.2015.1020319 Routledge.
  • Barclay, Francis P. (2016). Inter-Media Interaction and Effects in an Integrated Model of Political Communication: India 2014. Global Media Journal, 13(15):1-39.
  • Barclay, Francis P., C. Pichandy, Anusha Venkat. (2015). India 2014: Facebook ‘Like’ as a Predictor of Election Outcomes. Asian Journal of Political Science, 23(2): 134-160. Routledge. DOI: 10.1080/02185377.2015.1020319
  • Barclay, Francis P., C. Pichandy, Anusha Venkat. (2014). Indian Elections, 2014: Political Orientation of English Newspapers. Asia Pacific Media Educator, 24(1): 7-22. Sage.
  • Barclay, Francis P., C. Pichandy, Anusha Venkat, Sreedevi Sudhakaran. (2016). Twitter Sentiments: Pattern Recognition and Poll Prediction. Communication and Information Technologies Annual (Studies in Media and Communications, Volume 11) Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 11: 141-167.
  • Barclay, Francis P., C. Pichandy, Anusha Venkat, Sreedevi Sudhakaran. (2015). India 2014: Press trend as a predictor of election outcome. New Directions in Media - Critical Practitioner's series, ed., KM Baharul Islam and Nandita Roy. Bloomsbury Publications.
  • Ph.D., Journalism and Mass Communication (March, 2015) - Department of Communication, PSG College of Arts and Science, Bharathiar University. Dissertation title: India 2014: A Comparative Study of Print and Social Media as Predictors of Election Outcome
  • M.Phil., Communication (2010) - Department of Communication, PSG College of Arts and Science, Bharathiar University. Dissertation title: Seamless Journalism: A Descriptive Study of Twitter as a Platform of Emerging Journalism in the Convergence of New Media
  • M.A., Mass Communication (2005) - Department of Communication, PSG College of Arts and Science, Bharathiar University
  • B.Sc., Physics (2003), Department of Physics, GAC, Bharathiar University


  • Assistant Editor-Cartoonist @ Dinamalar – Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India

    March 1, 2013, to May 26, 2016. I joined as a consultant editor while pursuing my PhD and later became a permanent employee. I draw for the cartoon column and have redesigned several supplements of the newspaper. I concentrate on news and graphic designing.

  • Assistant Editor @ DNA – Bangalore, Karnataka, India

    August 28, 2008, to February 15, 2013. I joined as a Chief Sub-editor and was promoted. I used to edit, conceptualise and lay out the front page to make it appealing. Occasionally, I brought out special pages and supplements, besides writing special stories.

  • Senior Sub-editor-cum-Feature Writer @ The Hindu Ergo – Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

    March 24, 2008, to August 15, 2008. At The Hindu, I used to report for the 16-page week-day journal on a daily-basis. This apart, I also edited the copies for publication.

  • Sub-editor @ The New Indian Express - Coimbatore

    May 10, 2005, to March 20, 2008.

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