Alana Mitchelson is an Australian journalist based in Melbourne, with interests in social issues, criminal justice, media industry news and health.
She has completed a bachelor’s degree in journalism at Monash University and has been published by a number of websites, newspapers and magazines.
Alana is currently undertaking a reporting trip in the United States after being chosen for the Pulliam Journalism Fellowship program in Indianapolis, of which she is the sole international selectee. The fellowship involves a 10-week paid reporting role on the metro desk of the Indy Star (Gannett Company).
Recently, she was shortlisted as a finalist for this year’s Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year Award.
Alana will be seeking new opportunities in Melbourne when she returns home in late August.
The main highlights of her career thus far include having been awarded the Sir Keith Murdoch Journalism Scholarship, a paid three-month placement at the Herald Sun (News Corp) where she contributed to their Gallipoli centenary coverage. Alana worked as an accredited reporter during the Australian Open 2014 for the New York-based website Tennis Panorama News which involved posing questions to the likes of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.
She completed an internship at The Age last June where she first experienced the buzz of a metropolitan daily’s newsroom. One of the articles she pitched during her placement was picked up by various radio and television programs including 3AW, ABC Radio National, The Today Show and The Project. The piece was later Highly Commended at the JERAA Ossie Awards for Best Print News Story.
Alana also received a runner-up prize for her Report It Right competition submission about the difficulties faced by adults with autism trying to secure long-term employment.
Her work has featured in The Age, Herald Sun, The Australian, News.com.au, Thomson Reuters Legal Insight, Gannett’s The Indianapolis Star, The Conversation, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Daily Telegraph, The Weekly Review, The Geelong Advertiser, The Courier, Crikey’s Laugh Track, Broadsheet Melbourne, Weekly Times Now, Tennis Australia, Tennis Panorama News, Beat Magazine, Melbourne Guru, Everguide, The Advertiser, The Mercury, SYN Radio, 89.9 LightFM, Yass FM and Lot’s Wife among others.
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