Denby Weller is a video journalism lecturer in the Media and Communication department at Swinburne University. She is a current PhD candidate at the University of Technology, Sydney, investigating the relationship between social media and Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy. She has contributed to curriculum design, assisting with the development of a new journalism major at UTS in 2019. She has developed undergraduate and postgraduate units for Macleay College, UTS and Swinburne, and currently convenes and teaches into a range of units across the Communications and Journalism programs. Denby has been recognised for her outstanding teaching with two Adobe Innovation Grants, in 2020, and 2022.
Before becoming a lecturer, Denby was a video journalist at the Sydney Morning Herald, gaining recognition for her work covering the Martin Place Siege in 2014, the same sex marriage debate and the US Presidential election in 2016. She still freelances and has produced words, video and images for publishers including the BBC, News.com.au, Lonely Planet, Hardie Grant and many more. She has written and produced two feature films, Coffee (2010) and Bunyip (currently in post-production). Her first short film, Shut In, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2010. Denby is producing and directing a feature-length documentary as part of her PhD project.