Monash journalism student Alana Mitchelson has been awarded the Pulliam Journalism Fellowship at the Indy Star in Indianapolis.
Alana is one of 10 fellows to be awarded the prestigious fellowship, which attracts applicants worldwide.
The fellowship involves a 10-week paid placement in the Indy Star newsroom and also attending writing workshops and seminars conducted by journalism experts.
Alana, who recently won the Sir Keith Murdoch Journalism Scholarship and completed a three-month paid internship at the Herald Sun, said she had hoped to work as a reporter overseas.
“I have had my heart set on undertaking an overseas reporting trip for some time as I wanted to develop a broader perspective of the journalism industry before seeking full-time work in Melbourne,” Alana said.
“After many hours of online research and almost 30 applications later, it is hugely encouraging that the Indy Star has faith in my abilities, especially having applied from such a distance, and that all my hard work is paying off.
Alana said she was keen to learn more about American culture, make international professional connections and grasp a better sense of how journalism differs in the US.
“Being somewhat of an ‘outsider’, I hope to bring new ideas to the Indy Star and offer a fresh perspective,” she said.
“I am really excited to have been selected for such a prestigious fellowship and I am looking forward to challenging myself throughout this new venture.”
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