Alana Mitchelson is a qualified journalist, editor and digital producer based in Melbourne, Australia.
She graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Journalism degree and has been published by a number of websites, newspapers and magazines.
She is currently undertaking a reporting trip in the United States, not only to further her training but to gain an international perspective of the changing landscape of the journalism industry. Alana was one of ten final-year students selected for the Pulliam Journalism Fellowship program, of which she is the sole international selectee. The fellowship involves a 10-week paid reporting role on the metro desk of the Indianapolis Star (Gannett Company) in Indiana, as well as attending a host of writing workshops and networking events.
She 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 Anzac Journalism Scholarship, a paid three-month placement at the Herald Sun (News Corp) where she contributed to their Gallipoli centenary coverage. One of her stories enabled the family of a WWI veteran to be reunited with their grandfather’s Gallipoli memorabilia which had been lost for over 30 years. This story was then picked up by The Today Show.
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 also completed an internship at The Age where she experienced the buzz of a metropolitan daily’s newsroom. One of her articles 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.
More recently, Alana won 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, 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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