JACEK DĄBAŁA (born in Warsaw) is a Polish specialist in the fields of media and literature studies, a professor at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, and head of Media Workshop and Axiology Department at the Institute of Journalism and Social Communication.

He started his work in the media after winning a competition for a TV and radio presenter in 1987. He conducted many programmes live, including entertainment and culture shows, as well as election studios. He has worked as editor and presenter of all-day news, as well as being involved in the production of documentaries, news and video clips, and doing voice-overs for various TV productions.

Between 2002 and 2007 he worked as assistant professor at the Journalism and Social Communication Department. Since 1st October 2007 he has held the post of professor at the Catholic University of Lublin. He teaches in the fields of media communication (literature-film-media). His main subjects are media studies, axiology, journalistic workshops, drama, theory and practice of creative writing, analysis of modern literature, theory of literature and the techniques of self-presentation on TV.

Jacek Dabala is a co-scriptwriter of one of the most popular Polish films, Młode wilki (1995). He has published 10 novels ( Zawodowcy, Powrót Szakala, Doradca, Telemaniak, Prawo śmierci, Pieszczochy losu, Diabelska przypadłość, Złodziej twarzy, Ryzykowny pomysł, Największa przyjemność świata) and a political tragifarce, Mechanizm.

In 1997 he was awarded the Bolesław Prus Literary Award for his book Pieszczochy losu [Fortune`s Favourites] The award was “for courage in dealing with complex contemporary problems using irony and grotesque, and for the mastery of literary style”.

He has also written a monograph on the outstanding Polish émigré writer Wit Tarnawski as a literary critic, and edited Tarnawski’s collected critical works Uchwycić cel.He also edited Antologia polskiej krytyki literackiej na emigracji 1945-1985.

He has written books about the art of writing Tajemnica i suspens w sztuce pisania. W kręgu retoryki dziennikarskiej i dramaturgii medialnej (2005, 2010), Mystery and Suspense in Creative Writing, LIT Verlag, Zurich-Berlin 2012, and television journalism Warsztatowo-aksjologiczne mechanizmy tworzenia telewizji (2011) [Creative Paths to Journalistic Broadcasting].

He presented various issues arising from his axiology workshops in media studies in a book titled Horyzonty komunikacji spolecznej (2006). His articles and reviews can be found in Studia Medioznawcze, Zeszyty Prasoznawcze, Teksty Drugie, Pamiętnik Literacki, Ruch Literacki, Więź, Odra, Kresy, Tygodnik Powszechny, Twórczość, Rzeczpospolita, Akcent, Przegląd Powszechny, Ethos, Annales UMCS, Zeszyty Naukowe KUL, and W drodze.

He is a member of the Association of Polish Writers, Polish Film Academy and the Polish Communication Association.

In December 2007 the publishing house storybox.pl released his two books Złodziej twarzy [The Thief of Faces] and Ryzykowny pomysł [Walking through thin ice] in the form of audiobooks. He is a media analyst for Rzeczpospolita, Press, Uważam Rze, Polsat Television and TVP. S.A.