Dinesh Balliah

Coordinator, Career-entry Honours in Journalism program

Dinesh Balliah is the coordinator of the career-entry honours in journalism program at Wits Journalism and the editor of the Wits Vuvuzela community newspaper. Her research focus is on digital journalism. Dinesh is currently completing her doctorate in journalism and media studies at Wits University. She represents the Faculty of Humanities on the Wits Senate Committee on Information and Communication Technologies.

Dinesh is the former deputy public advocate of the Press Council of South Africa. She currently sits on the board of the Health-e News Service and is an advisory committee member of the South African Media Innovation Project (SAMIP), run by the New York- based MDIF (Media Development Investment Fund).

Over the last few years, Dinesh has participated as a judge for the Standard Bank Sikuvile Awards for Journalism Excellence, the Forum for Community Journalists Awards and Diageo Responsible Drinking Media Awards.

In 2017, Dinesh was awarded the Faculty of Humanities Teaching and Learning Award for excellence in postgraduate teaching at Wits University.

Dinesh previously taught Media Studies for seven years at Wits University, media and communications at the University of Johannesburg, and media law and online journalism at Boston Media House in Sandton. From 2001-2003 Dinesh was the Head of the Department of IT for Humanities at Wits University and was instrumental in conceptualizing and developing a new three year degree in Media Studies/IT for Humanities.

Dinesh is an amateur photographer tweets about the media, journalism and other matters using the handle @DineshBalliah

Education
Master of Arts (Historical Studies), UKZN, 2003
Bachelor of Arts (Honours), UKZN, 1999
Bachelor of Arts, UKZN, 1998

Contact
Email: dinesh.balliah@wits.ac.za
Twitter: @DineshBalliah