iNtatheli, meaning journalist or storyteller in isiZulu, is the brainchild of journalists Dianne Hawker and Candice Bailey, who collectively have close to 30 years of experience in newspapers, online and broadcast media. It was conceptualised in 2015 to provide an array of media services with a particular focus on media training, and digital content.
iNtatheli hopes to be among the continent’s leading visual storytellers, chronicling the experiences and lives of the most vulnerable and marginalized communities. The media training element is designed to fill the skills gap in newsrooms and among communicators, researchers and non-governmental organisations.
Dianne began her career in newspapers at the prestigious Cape Town newspaper The Cape Argus where she reported on high profile high court cases as well as human interest stories. The bright lights of television beckoned and she joined eNCA shortly before the launch of the 24-hour news channel. She returned to newspapers as a senior investigative and legal reporter at The Sunday Independent newspaper in Gauteng. After two years she returned to eNCA this time entering the online department as a senior reporter. She has won a number of awards for her work as a reporter. Dianne has worked as the News Editor of The Times and TimesLIVE. She has been the Head of News at POWER 98.7, a Johannesburg-based radio station and worked as Head of News and Current Affairs at Newzroom Afrika where she helped to set up the 24-hour news channel. She later took up the role of Special Project Editor at the channel. In late 2021, Dianne joined the Timeslive group multimedia team as Editor for Video.
Candice has been in the media industry for the past 15 years and has honed her skills as a newspaper woman. She started out as a crime reporter at the Cape Town regional newspaper, The Cape Argus before moving to Johannesburg to further her journalism career. She has been a senior investigative reporter in the newsrooms of several weekly and daily national newspapers - notably the Sunday Independent and Johannesburg Star newspaper and The Sunday Times. Candice has also worked as an investigative journalist at the Johannesburg-based civil society organisation Corruption Watch. Candice has been the communications head of the National Council Against Smoking and she has worked as the Health and Medicine Editor at The Conversation Africa - a pan-African news analysis website dedicated to adequately translating, promoting and explaining the work of academics to the general public. Here she has worked closely with some of the continents most prestigious academics in researchers to help them mould their research for the non-scientific audience. Currently manages Academic Relations for The Conversation Africa where she runs the science communication training arm, teaching academics how to communicate with popular media.