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.
New research shows Australians are using piracy websites to illegally download TV shows and movies half as much as they were a year ago, as legal streaming services become more accessible.It is the first evidence to suggest a shift away from downloading pirated content since Australians were blocked from accessing about 60 piracy websites online, including The Pirate Bay.However, some digital experts are not convinced this proves blocking piracy websites is an effective way to eliminate...
A call for primary school children as young as eight to receive career education has been met with broad national support, with claims it could alleviate pressure on teenagers during the stressful final years of high school.As part of a Victorian parliamentary inquiry into career advice activities, the Career Education Association of Victoria (CEAV) proposed that career learning should be brought forward to Grade 3 classrooms.While many children seem to dream of astronauts and movie stars and...
Weight Watchers is planning to introduce new weight loss programs targeted at Australian teenagers – worrying parents who fear the programs could lead to long-term battles with mental illness.The plans, due to be available from the middle of this year, will be offered free of charge to teenagers aged 13 to 17, with sign-ups requiring in-store parental consent.However, these teenagers will be required to pay $33.50 to $96.50 every month come their 18th birthdays should they want to continue...
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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