Achmad has had a long career in journalism, first working as a journalist for Surabaya Post Daily in 1997. Since then, he has also been a managing editor at the paper. In 2010 Achmad was a nominee for the 2010 Prapanca Award, which is presented to East Java based journalists who have completed the best journalistic work. Achmad is also a lecturer of communications at President University in Cikarang and has worked as a Sessional Academic at UQ. He has presented at multiple conferences and published a number of works whilst also receiving second prize in a Prosperous Justice Party article writing contest. He received a National Lecturers Certification from Indonesia’s Ministry of Higher Education in December 2015.

Email contacts: a.supardi@uq.edu.au, achmadsupardi@president.ac.id
Research Interests:
  • Discourse
  • Public Sphere
  • Social Media
  • Identity
  • Islam and Media
  • Journalism
  • Media Audience


MA, University of Westminster
BA, Universitas Airlangga

Current Research Topic: Discursive practices of religious (in)tolerance within Indonesian on-line opinion websites

Achmad's research will investigate Seword.com and Eramuslim.com, which supported Non-Muslim and Muslim candidates respectively during the 2017 Jakarta Gubernatorial Election. He will examine the religious tolerance discourses that appeared on these sites during and shortly after the election, which was highly divisive amongst the Jakarta residents because of the different identity representations of the two candidates. Achmad has a strong interest in the opinion websites, including Seword.com and Eramuslim.com which were used during this event because they establish fiery debates, create echo chambers and generally lack any enforced temperance.

PhD Supervisors: Associate Professor Pradip Thomas and Associate Professor Nicholas Carah


Supardi, A., (Ed) (2019) Di Bawah Rindang Jacaranda (Cerita Petualangan Super Moms di Kota Brisbane) (Trans: Under the Shade of Jacaranda: Super Moms’ Stories of Struggle in Brisbane). Ciamis: Vidya Mandiri.

Krisdinanto, N. and Supardi, A. (2018). The Bourdieuan Triangle of Journalism, Political and Economic Fields: Brief Milestones of Indonesian Journalism in Surabaya. Malaysian Journal of Communication, 34(3), pp.115-130, DOI: https://doi.org/10.17576/JKMJC-2018-3403-07.

Supardi, A. (2018). Anies Baswedan and Indigenous-ness in Seword.com: Anti-Out-Group Bias in a Democratized Online Sphere. Journal of Social and Political Sciences, Asian Institute of Research, 1(1), DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.31014/aior.1991.01.01.6.

Supardi, A. (Ed.). (2008). Meretas Jalan Internasionalisasi: 40 Tahun Universitas Surabaya 1968 – 2008. Surabaya: Universitas Surabaya.

Supardi, A. (2016). Berani, Tegas, Benar: Analisis Framing Okezone.com, MediaIndonesia.com, dan Kompas. com Terhadap Ahok Dalam Isu Reklamasi (Brave, Bold, and True: A Framing analysis on Okezone.com, MediaIndonesia.com, dan Kompas.com’s depictions on Basuki Tjahaja Purnama within the issue of Jakarta Bay Reclamation). Komunikatif Jurnal Ilmiah Komunikasi, 5(2).

Supardi, A. (2013). Anonymous Activists: Investigating Indonesian Online Readers’ Anonymity. Jurnal Penelitian dan Pengembangan Komunikasi dan Informatika, 3(3).


Conference papers:

Supardi, A. (2017, July). Dismantling a municipality’s regulation: how news media herding public opinion and conducting advocacy. Paper presented at the International Association of Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) Annual Conference, Cartagena.

Supardi, A. (2013, June). Representation of Labor Protests in Indonesian Newspapers: Locality and Readers’ Debates. Paper presented at Protest and the Media Conference, University of Westminster and British Journalism Review, London.

Supardi, A. (2012, June). The Characteristics of Indonesian Online-initiated Mobilizations. Paper presented at the Fikom UP International Conference, Jakarta.

Supardi, A. (2012, June). Investigating Media and Readers’ Tabloidisation: A Study on Readers’ Comments on Aa Gym’s Marriage Reinstatement. Paper presented at the Fikom UP International Conference, Jakarta.

Supardi, A. (2011, November). Telecommunications Technological Development Policy in Post-1998 Indonesia: Domestic Constellation and the Influence of Internationalization. Paper presented at the International Conference on Political Economy of Trade Liberalization in Developing East Asia, Fakultas Ekonomi dan Bisnis, Malang.