Alana Mitchelson is an Australian journalist based in Melbourne and Geelong, with interests in social affairs, media industry news, health and education.

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 recently returned from a reporting trip in the United States after being chosen for the Pulliam Journalism Fellowship program 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.

Earlier this year, Alana was shortlisted as a finalist for this year’s Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year Award.

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 AgeHerald SunThe Australian, News.com.auThomson Reuters Legal Insight, The Indianapolis Star, USA TodayThe Conversation, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Daily TelegraphThe Weekly ReviewThe 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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