Dr. Vanessa Malila

Dr Vanessa

Dr. Vanessa Malila
Research and Development Officer

Vanessa works as a Research & Development officer at HAD.

She began her career as an academic specialising in media and citizenship in the South African context. In 2016, she moved to the civil society sector, working as a researcher for a South African NGO. Her areas of specialisation include understanding the relationship between the media and civil society, the roles of journalism in promoting good governance, citizenship, the role of the media, civil society and citizens in development, and research ethics.

Vanessa holds a PhD in Media and Communication Studies from the University of Leeds, UK. She completed her MA and undergraduate studies at the School of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University, South Africa. She has completed courses on Social Accountability, Monitoring & Evaluation, Higher Education teaching, citizen engagement in development, and research ethics.

Relevant Publications (Selection)

Vanessa Malila. 2019. Beyond Watchdog Journalism: Media and Social Accountability in South Africa. African Journalism Studies, 40(1): 1-16.

Anthea Garman & Vanessa Malila. 2018. When an Editor Decides to Listen to a City: South Africa’s Heather Robertson, The Herald, and Nelson Mandela Bay. In: E. Freedman; R. Goodman, & E. Steyn (Eds). Critical Perspectives on Journalistic Beliefs and Actions. Routledge.

Vanessa Malila. 2017. We are Not the ‘Born Frees’: The Real Political and Civic Lives of Eight Young South Africans. In: Garman, A. & Wasserman, H. (Eds). Media & Citizenship. Between Marginalisation and Participation. UKZN Press: 217-232.

Vanessa Malila. 2016. Voting Void? Young South Africans, elections and the media. Communicatio, 42(2): 170-190.

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