Denby Weller is a multimedia journalist, filmmaker and lecturer at UTS. She is also a trainer with the Google News Initiative and a member of Adobe's Education Exchange.
From 2014 - 2017 she was a video journalist at the Sydney Morning Herald, where she spearheaded a joint venture producing explainer videos with UNSW and Sydney University.
Since leaving Fairfax, she has produced words, photos and video for publishers including BBC Travel, Newscorp, Hardie Grant Magazines and Lonely Planet. She is a columnist and senior contributor for Australia's rock climbing magazine, Vertical Life.
In 2015, Denby was commissioned by SMH, Getty Images and Nikon to travel to Nepal and document her circumnavigation of the Annapurna Massif via the world-famous Annapurna Circuit.
She is currently writing a texbook on multimedia journalism for publisher Palgrave Macmillan, due out in 2021. Her research interests include video and multimedia production, and fake news.
Social media and its role in public discourse
Video and audio news production
Weller, D 2019, 'Towards a research methodology: analysing persuasive language in Australian opinion and editorial writing', Bukker Tillibul: The Online Journal of Writing and Practice-led Research, vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 01-06.
In February 2019, as part of the Masters of Writing unit Creative Industry Enterprises, I set out to write a 5,000-word research paper examining opinion and editorial writing in Australian mainstream media. I had recently observed on a holiday that my father and his friends got all their news from the opinion section of the paper. Consequently, they held views on issues like climate change and refugee movement that are not fact-based. I became curious about the role opinion writing plays in journalism, specifically: why in this genre do we tolerate such a low quality of truthful, well-reasoned arguments that adhere to the basic principles of logic and morals that we would demand at most dinner-table conversations? Further to this, I wondered whether Australians knew (or cared) that using opinion writing as a source of knowledge was not a sound practice of information gathering. With these questions being obviously too huge to contemplate in a single journal article, I set out to narrow the field and conduct some original research into opinion writing.
The process is detailed in this report.