Alana Mitchelson is an Australian journalist from Melbourne, currently based with Star News Group at the Geelong Indy community newspaper.

She has completed a bachelor’s degree in journalism at Monash University and has been published by a number of newspapers, websites and magazines.

Alana was shortlisted as a 2015 finalist for the Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year Award.

The main highlights of her career thus far include having undertaken a reporting trip to the United States. Alana was chosen for the Pulliam Journalism Fellowship in Indianapolis, of which she was the sole international selectee. The fellowship involved a 10-week paid reporting role on the metro desk of the Indianapolis Star and three of her articles were published as front page stories.

She spent a summer at the Herald Sun (News Corp) after being awarded the Sir Keith Murdoch Journalism Scholarship. She completed a paid three-month placement, contributing to their Gallipoli centenary coverage.

Alana has also 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.

One of the articles that she pitched during her internship at The Age 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 AgeHerald SunThe Australian, News.com.auThomson Reuters Legal Insight, The Indianapolis Star, USA TodayThe Conversation, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Daily Telegraph, Geelong IndependentThe Weekly Review, Geelong Coast MagazineThe Geelong AdvertiserThe CourierCrikey’s Laugh Track, Broadsheet Melbourne, The New DailyWeekly Times NowTennis AustraliaTennis Panorama NewsBeat Magazine, Melbourne GuruEverguide, The AdvertiserThe MercurySYN Radio89.9 LightFM, Yass FM and Lot’s Wife among others.


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