Alana Mitchelson is an Australian journalist based in Melbourne.
In 2015, Alana undertook a reporting trip to the United States. She was the sole international selectee to have been chosen for the Pulliam Journalism Fellowship, a 10-week paid reporting role at the Indianapolis Star.
About 42,000 large, low-income earning families will take the greatest hit from rising energy prices with Australian children being the biggest victims, according to new research.Using census data and the Household Expenditure Survey (HES), a KPMG report released on Monday suggested that large families with a low income are the most vulnerable to “energy poverty” due to increasing gas and electricity bills.About 12 per cent of an average low-income family of five’s weekly income is absorbed...
Australia’s consumer watchdog has revealed the full extent of Optus’ part in misleading NBN customers, selling almost 9000 people unattainable internet speeds.The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) announced on Monday that Optus has agreed to offer remedies to thousands of its fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) and fibre-to-the-basement (FTTB) customers who were sold substandard speeds.This has come about one month after Telstra was forced to refund 42,000 of its customers...
Yowie – the much-loved, retro Australian chocolate – is expanding rapidly in the United States, but making an even bigger comeback in Australia.This follows Yowie Group’s announcement this week that the chocolate had become so popular in the US that the product will be stocked on shelves at about 50,000 stores by January 1, 2018 – an expansion of 25 per cent and growing – including more than 1200 Target outlets.Australia’s answer to the Kinder Surprise egg emerged during the mid-1990s and...
I find that, as a writer, there is something really quite rewarding in receiving comment from readers and I am in a privileged position where I’m able to initiate an interactive discussion; with access to a far wider audience reach than ever before through social media and other online forum platforms.
The concept of an emerging global community – made possible by the creation of the internet – has me excited to see where this will take the media industry going into the future.
Why did you become a journalist?
I find myself attracted to the journalism profession as I love the idea that, as a journalist, I’m constantly meeting new, weird and wonderful people, learning new things and sharing those discoveries with others.
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