Alexia Boland

Alexia Boland is an Australian broadcast journalist and communications professional with more than a decade of industry experience. Most recently, Alexia anchored news and weather across regional Victoria and southern New South Wales for WIN Television. In addition to this, she has previously worked as a television news presenter and producer with Southern Cross Austereo, The Nine Network's Today Show, WIN Television, Prime 7 Television, Channel 31 and SYN Media across the east coast of Australia.

Alexia completed a Master’s degree (Journalism and Communication) with Deakin University, before turning her attention to freelance projects across several platforms. This includes serving as Director of her own media consultancy business, Gladiator Media (, while producing and presenting news podcast 'WORTHY' ( after being selected as a finalist in the Pause Fest’s This American Life radio competition. The Worthy Podcast has already garnered thousands of listeners around the world and has been recognized for its content on iTunes.

In 2016, Alexia recently launched mental health and wellbeing blog 'The Losing Game (, while also holding the position of Acting National Marketing and Communications Manager with AFL SportsReady.

She is currently a Media Advisor with the Climate Council of Australia.

Rebecca Douglas

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Rebecca’s Year 12 maths teacher suggested she become a journalist, leading her to wonder how she scored on her last algebra test.

His prediction, however, proved prophetic. She is now an award-winning writer, qualified computer geek and non-practising lawyer. She has five years’ experience penning feature articles covering fashion, pop culture and lifestyle topics, along with social media and general geekery.

These articles have appeared throughout Australia in print and online publications such as Women's Health and Fitness, Diabetic Living, Jetstar Magazine, The Big Issue, The Sydney Morning Herald, ABC The Drum, and SBS Comment & Analysis.

She has also spoken on Australian radio and television, in print and in person as a commentator on a variety of subjects including editing and digital journalism. Outlets she has worked with include the Emerging Writers' Festival, SA Writers' Centre, Today Tonight, The Morning Show, Radio 6PR (Perth) and Money magazine.

Rebecca has been told she has a knack for turning a dry and complicated subject into a reader-friendly story. She finds she is able to appreciate the beauty of pretty much any topic once she has researched and properly understands it and takes pride in finding a way to communicate it in a clear and entertaining fashion.

Apart from her nerdy interest in comics, LEGO and video games, Rebecca is a genuine word nerd. She enjoys Scrabble, word puzzles and correcting other people’s spelling and grammar, although mostly in her head to avoid being regularly punched in the face.

Candy Hertz

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Given Candy started talking at just 11 months, there’s no surprise she’s built her career on speaking.

Her experience and passions are as varied as Melbourne’s weather. 

Candy is a TV and Radio Presenter, MC, Marketer and Digital Content Creator. She’s been part of the creative media landscape for the past 9 years working across America, Thailand, Tasmania and Regional Victoria.  

AFL fans know her as Essendon’s on-ground Match Day MC where she’s seen interviewing players and coaches, spruiking commercial partners or revving up the crowd of up to 80,000 people #DonTheSash. 

Candy’s presenting style has been described as authentic and genuinely warm with an undeniable spark!  Her accolades include covering red carpet events, traffic reporting for Ch7, Ch9, FOX FM, Gold FM and MMM, breakfast and drive radio, copywriting and MCing local and international events. 

This passionate Melburnian started her own business called On The List, which produces the city’s only ‘what’s on’ video seen by over 20 thousand people each weekend across the Herald Sun Online, Channel 31 and a multitude of social sites. 

She’s also a course junkie; Candy has three degrees under her belt in Marketing, Media and Communications and Commercial Broadcasting, and a Small Business Diploma. 

TEDxMelbourne, Cricket Australia and the City of Stonnington are just some of the brands she’s created unique and compelling content for in the last 6 months. 

She loves life and it always shows!



Leith Mulligan

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Leith is a journalist with a keen writing style and with more than two decades of experience on the Australian Media landscape is media professional with polished and all round skills.

Also an experience Videographer and part time Photographer, Leith has many professional attributes, but at the end of the day he’s writer who loves to write!

His time in Australian media has taken him to many corners of Australia and some parts of the world. primarily a sports journalist, he has seen and been involved in, many sporting issues that have become headline news in Australia.

A hard worker with strong ethics, Leith is best known for his roles as a Presenter with news services at the highest levels of Australian TV, having worked for Channel 7, 9 and Network 10 as well as Fox Sports.

A Producer, Reporter and Producer among other things, Leith’s expertise is available at Newsmodo.



Angela Tague

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You're hooked when you can't get something out of your mind. For days, I could hear my animated high school literature teacher reciting Edgar Allan Poe's The Bells. The impressionable words rung out in my head, over and over again. Wow. Words are powerful.

After diving into great works of literature, including historical news articles and personal memoirs, I knew I too wanted to work in words. That same teacher suggested I join the school newspaper, and that's when I became a newsie.

After being co-editor of the high school publication, I went to on earn a degree in journalism at the University of Iowa. During my junior year, I landed a part-time job processing film for the photographers at The Quad-City Times in Davenport, Iowa. One afternoon after the police scanner squealed the address of a structure fire and a hurried reporter asked me to join him to grab some shots, I was officially promoted to staff photographer. A few months later, on my twenty-first birthday, I had images picked up by the Associated Press for the first time. I went on to work full-time as a photojournalist at The Sioux City Journal and eventually became a features writer and photographer for several weeklies in the Midwest.

In 2009, I needed a change. My part-time weekend content marketing work soon became my passion and full-time focus. I'm now proud to say I've worked on campaigns for household brands including Purina, Walgreens, United Way, DiGiorno Pizza, Bounty and Colgate. I've even had photography bylines in TIME -- twice. I also write feature articles and a photography tips column for Club Traveler magazine.

Words still ring out in my head at all hours of the day. Writing, creating and storytelling is simply a way of life.


Melanie Slade

Melanie has more than a decade of experience in news and corporate communications. She’s worked for two commercial television networks as a presenter and journalist and has worked in Sydney as a Public Relations Manager which means she has experience on both sides of the fence.

As a journalist for the Nine and Ten networks she’s covered a broad range of stories: Natural disasters including the Black Saturday bushfires, crime stories, major events like the Spring Racing Carnival and the Grand Prix, and has also interviewed royalty and celebrities including Sarah Jessica Parker, Oprah and Nicole Kidman. 

While in PR her client base included QBE, Harvey Norman, Australia Made and Datacom.

In June, 2014, while on maternity leave, Mel left channel Ten to establish her own business Slade Media House and to work as a freelancer. If you tune into channel Nine on weekends she’s often reporting on Melbourne’s top stories for the Today show.

As a “news junkie” and reputable broadcast journalist she’s a passionate storyteller who always strives to be fair, accurate and ethical.

Mel is very much looking forward to the next chapter in her career telling corporate stories in an engaging, informative and entertaining fashion through a range of mediums especially video. 

Mel’s showreel can be viewed here.


Kath Walters


I’m a “blog doctor”. I work with bloggers to make sure
their blogs are healthy, and are not thin, irregular or even dying! 

When blogs are sick, they feel worthless because they 
can’t build their owners a lovely business community. And that’s their reason for existence.

Over the past three years, I’ve developed all sorts of tools and tactics to make blog’s healthy, help them to find love, and then to build your business. 

Sometime, people are too shy to ask for help with their 
blog’s problems, but there’s no problem I haven’t heard 
of, treated, and also experienced with my own blog. 

I love writing. I spent 16 years as a business journalist 
writing for top-quality print and digital media mastheads, 
and I reckon, all up I wrote 1.3 million words.

The mastheads that have published my stories include: 
BRW, Australian Financial Review, Boss magazine, 
Company Director, SmartCompany, Business Spectator, 
Crikey, Women’s Agenda, Property Observer, The 
Business Woman Media and Newsmodo.

Today, I’m helping clients with their content marketing 
programs and media relations. It all starts with a healthy 

Healthy blog, healthy business.

Phoebe Chongchua 

I remember the moment that I really felt like a journalist. It was the middle of the night and there was a thunderous knock on my door. I sprang out of bed and the woman was shouting, “Get dressed, we need your help!”.

I was at San Diego State University and I was 16 years old. This wasn’t breaking news. This was an indoctrination into the world of journalism. I had been accepted into a program for high school students that taught us journalism for print, TV, and radio. One member of our team of 20 students was failing to meet the deadline for the newspaper to go to print. So, we all had to go back to the newsroom to help. 

I didn’t mind getting woken up in the middle of the night to help file news stories. It was a thrill that years later would become routine for me. I was hooked. From that point forward I was destined to become a TV journalist to do what I believed was at the heart of every reporter: to help make the world a better place.

By the time I was 20, perseverance, commitment, and dedication helped me land my first on-air news reporting job and later the position as morning TV news anchor in my hometown, San Diego, California. I stayed with the station for nearly 15 years.

But today my passion is entrepreneurship and helping companies tell their own story to capture consumer attention. I’m a multimedia brand journalist (which means I’m never without a camera). I host The Brand Journalism Advantage Podcast, featuring weekly interviews with thought leaders from around the globe on journalism, branding, and entrepreneurship. 

I teach companies to BE the media. Gone are the days when corporations had to fight to get their story told. The playing field has been leveled by the Internet and simplified publishing technology. The power is in this formula:  “EC = MC” or Every Company Equals a Media Company. The way to capture consumer attention is through telling informative and engaging stories. That’s what 

I do as a brand journalist... and, thankfully, now I do it during traditional daylight hours. 

Nicole Strahan

Nicole Strahan is an Australian journalist with more than two decades experience in the media as a television and print reporter. Most recently she was a Senior reporter and Producer for Network Ten news, based in Melbourne.

Nicole is perhaps best known for her work as Ten's US correspondent and bureau chief. During her two year stint, Nicole covered some of the most significant stories of the past decade, including the 2008 election and inauguration of US President Barack Obama and the death of Michael Jackson.

During her time as a Melbourne-based reporter with Ten, Nicole proved to be a versatile reporter covering a wide range of issues and breaking news stories, both in Australia and overseas. She was integral to the network's coverage of the Boxing Day tsunami, the second Bali bombing, court appearances of the Bali Nine, the Beaconsfield mine disaster and rescue and State and Federal election campaigns.

Her passion for journalism was ignited as child when she would discuss the latest news with her parents around the dinner table, usually with the 6pm TV news on in the background.

She started her career as a cadet reporter with Leader Newspapers, working her way up to senior reporter of the company's flagship publication.

Nicole's extensive knowledge of local issues and clear writing style saw her snapped up by The Australian newspaper. She spent two years covering state and federal politics, industrial relations, crime, education, health and business.

As well as living in the US, Nicole spent 12 months living in Germany where she studied German and a Bachelor of Arts (Majors in Sociology and Politics) via correspondence through Monash University.

Away from the cut and thrust of daily news, Nicole has had a lifelong commitment to health and fitness and works casually as a group fitness instructor.

Todd Felderstein


A multi-hyphenated filmmaker and photographer with credits that range from studio films, television and independent media, Todd has written and directed for such legends as Roger Corman and such mainstays as Sony Pictures.

He has been produced and published in the fields of writing, filmmaking and photography. His work has appeared in publications such as: Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Times Magazine, Herald Sun, Black Belt Magazine, and the Hollywood Journal, amongst others. Todd has worked with an assortment of entertainment legends that include Grammy and Oscar winners Quincy Jones, Barbra Streisand, Neil Patrick Harris, Ed Asner and Gina Gershon. With a particular affinity for the music industry, Todd has made an assortment of personal nonfiction films for clients such as: Rufus, Jim Fuller, Sounds of the Supremes, N'Kenge (now with Berry Gordy), Ryan Cox and others. 

Todd Felderstein is also an active mentor in under-served communities throughout Los Angeles furthering literacy and communication skills through the storytelling process in digital media, photography, and assorted tools employed in the filmmaking arena. 



Rachel Kurzyp

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Rachel Kurzyp is a writer and communications consultant helping brands build their digital story and disrupt the status quo. Every day she combines her knowledge of storytelling and digital technology to do what she loves – work with her clients to change the world and promote a different way of thinking.

Over the last eight years Rachel has worked with international and local brands across six continents including DFAT, Save the Children, World Vision, MTV Exit, Icddr,b and WHO. Her writing has been featured in global publications including The Big Issue, Dhaka Tribune, Newsmodo, Mamamia and WhyDev. 

Rachel is also a trainer and speaker sharing her knowledge on topics like personal branding and ethical volunteering. Most recently Rachel has spoken at Connecting Up, Monash University and Macleay College. Rachel is also the Communications Director for WhyDev and Co-founder of Nia Children’s Foundation.

Rachel has a strong presence in the development and social business sectors. Since taking her first trip overseas in 2009, Rachel has lived and worked in England and Bangladesh and has 
travelled to over 30 countries. While she won’t say no to a new adventure, she always finds herself heading back to Asia.

Brand storytelling is an important business strategy. Brands who are telling real human interest stories are succeeding. Rachel helps her clients tell their stories through the right channel and at the specific time their audience needs it.

Rachel takes the time to get to know her clients like she would a friend or colleague before she 
offers a tailored approach. She is dedicated to user experience, loves asking questions, and is passionate about sharing how brands are making a difference in people’s lives. 

Rachel loves how Newsmodo makes it easy for her to work with renowned organisations in 
need of her unique skill sets and experiences. 




Tracey Spicer

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I became a journalist because of a strong sense of social justice. Growing up, our household fell silent for the 6pm news. Then we’d solve the problems of the world over dinner! 

After completing a Bachelor of Business/Communication, majoring in journalism, at the Queensland University of Technology, I worked as a cadet at Radio 4BH in Brisbane before heading down south to work as police reporter at Radio 3AW in Melbourne. I learned the ropes in TV at GLV-8 in Gippsland, packaging three stories a day before reading the news at night. 

From there I was poached by Channel 9 to report for Melbourne Extra, then Network Ten as general reporter on the First at Five News. After two years as the weekday newsreader at Ten in Brisbane, I moved to Sydney to read the national weekend, and midweek 11am, news services. During that time I wrote, produced and presented documentaries for NGOs in Africa and Asia. Over the past decade I’ve diversified dramatically. 

I currently work as an anchor on Sky News, opinion columnist for Fairfax and The Hoopla, family travel writer for Sun-Herald Traveller and Holidays with Kids, presentation trainer at the Australian Film TV and Radio School, corporate media trainer, documentary producer, MC and keynote speaker. 

Nowadays, I follow my passions: women’s issues, equality and social justice. It seems like my life has gone full circle. And for that, I am truly grateful.

Tawqeer Hussain

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Delhi based journalist Tawqeer Hussain has over seven years of experience in reporting and editing.

Tawqeer Completed his Masters in Journalism in Northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.

With  a strong background in publication, both in print and digital platforms, along with experience of managing digital and social media,  he has worked with many National and International media houses. Politics, International relations and conflict are his core areas of expertise.

From prestigious media houses in India like Times of India, Political and Business Daily, The Hindu Business Line, Danik Bhaskar, Focus News India to Australia based Herald Sun, Seven News, to London Based Barcroft Media, He has proven his ability of being a research oriented and deadline committed media professional who has good source structure in India.

His exclusive reporting on grassroots innovations in Jammu and Kashmir has fetched him three awards.



Nerissa Bentley

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I am a Melbourne-based freelance writer at Write to the Point Communications , who specialise in writing for the health and well-being market. For almost three years, I was employed by a corporate wellness company where I wrote hundreds of articles for Australian and overseas markets. I also wrote a lot of material for one of Australia's leading pharmacies.

My passion is to empower people to take charge of their health and well-being, through my writing.

I am a regular writer for Fitness Australia's e-journal Powered. I am also a regular writer for a number of other organisations. 

My extensive experience has given me:

  • A knowledge of the health and wellness industry
  • A solid understanding of key health concerns facing the Australian population
  • An understanding of how to write for the health and wellness industry
  • An ability to take complex information and express it in a way that the average person can understand
  • A highly developed research skills
  • A knowledge of where to source up-to-date and accurate health information
  • A an ability to read scientific studies and interpret the information
  • An understanding of the publishing process
  • A brilliant administrative, organisational and time-management skills
  • A highly developed event management skills
  • A highly developed verbal communication skills and strong negotiation skills
  • An ability to work to deadlines.

While my niche area is health and well-being, I have the ability to work across a variety of industries, locally, nationally and internationally.

I am also the author of two blogs "Words By Nerissa" and "Write Way to Health

Further information about me and my work can be found at "Write to the Point Communications

Anna Battista

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Anna Battista is a freelance journalist, writer and independent scholar. She started writing roughly 17 years ago and decided to become a journalist because she had a natural curiosity for life and nurtured a passion for discovering stories. Rebelling against her journalism lecturers' who claimed the first step to get into the business was to intern at a local paper and become a coffee girl as you patiently waited for your turn, she decided to go her own way.

Working as a freelancer she has contributed in different languages and fields to many established and independent American, British, French, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swedish magazines. The publications she has collaborated with include Dazed Digital, Port Magazine, The Guardian, Vogue Russia,Vogue Italia and Interview Magazine Russia.

At the moment she is focusing on writing and researching topics at the intersection of art, fashion, architecture and science. In the last ten years she has developed a parallel discourse in these fields, lecturing about them as a journalist in various institutions including the Museum of Photography in Moscow and the AA Visiting School Paris at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris. She has also worked as an exhibition curator and is the co-author of the book accompanying the exhibition of Marga Weimans 'Fashion House' at the Groninger Museum in the Netherlands.

Anna’s architecture, art, culture, design, fashion and film notes are collected on her website, Irenebrination. Originally founded in 2008 as a tribute to Italian journalist Irene Brin, it has been mentioned in publications such as the New York Times and the Financial Times. 

Objectivity, precision and honesty are the three most important principles in Anna's career and she would like to share her knowledge and passion with the readers of Newsmodo, an innovative dynamic platform to spread information.


Benjamin Salisbury

Benjamin Salisbury

As a child, Benjamin Salisbury was motivated to become a journalist because he enjoyed designing and writing magazines.

After working and training as an accountant, he retrained in 2007 to become a qualified journalist. A background in finance helped him to secure his first journalism job as an editor for the finance section of Yahoo! in the UK.

Since then he has worked as an editor, a news reporter, and later as a freelance journalist. In any week he can be writing about the latest personal finance developments or covering a breaking news story for a national daily newspaper.

Although his main area of expertise is business and personal finance, being a freelancer means he enjoys covering a range of subjects and working in a variety of ways.

His routine is to write in the morning, followed by research, callouts and interviewing later in the day before the kids get home from school but finds that very few days are the same.

Benjamin strives to ensure that his work is of the highest standard by drawing on his training and remembering the advice of his editors. He reads a lot of newspapers, magazines, websites and books which he believes are important to improving his style of writing and understanding how to tell the story briefly - one of the hallmarks of good journalism.

Via Newsmodo, Benjamin wants to give brands an edge in content written by an impartial and independent voice. He thinks that Newsmodo is an invaluable outlet to pitch his abilities and write articles for a wider range of clients while broadening his expertise and experience.

Phindiwe Nkosi


Phindiwe Nkosi is a South African university postgraduate with more than a decade of relevant work experience. She has a B.A. (Hons) degree in Culture and Media Studies and a B.A. degree (majoring in English, Visual Communication and Drama) from the University of Pretoria. 

In order to keep abreast of cutting-edge industry trends, she has also completed several university courses which include knowledge management, marketing management, public relations and The Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS)’s course in social media and communication strategies.

Her working experience includes working as a web editor at the University of South Africa, a communications editor at Absa Bank, an editorial reporter at Citizen Metro and the Caxton Press, a communications practitioner at the University of Pretoria, a marketing and communications manager, a speech writer for corporate executives and top politicians and a social media expert consultant. She has also authored two books that were published on Amazon.

Phindiwe is a freelance writer and has written for BabyGaga, The News Hub, You&Me Magazine, Mamas & Papas, S'campto Uncut magazine and more. As part of her work with Newsmodo, she has undertaken projects which included freelancing as a TV news anchor for ABC News 24 and more.

In addition to interviewing global award-winning celebrities, she has attended events and interviewed captains of the industry such as current President of South Africa Jacob Zuma, the former President of South Africa Thabo Mbeki, former adviser to the British government Sir David King and former Lesotho Minister Monyane Moleleki.

She regularly writes for travel publications such as the Heritage magazine, the African Travel Market and FlyAfrica's in-flight magazine. She also provides web copy, editorials, features, speeches and more content to clients based in South Africa, Australia, India, Canada, UK and other locations.



Sarah Megginson

Sarah Megginson

At the tender age of six, Sarah Megginson sold her first piece of writing. It was a highly plagiarised fairy-tale she pedalled to her dad for 50 cents but it remains her first official writing gig. It has given her the confidence to take a punt on an industry as competitive as journalism! 

A little over a decade later, she finished high school and then graduated with a Bachelor of Communications, majoring in journalism and marketing. After spending a couple of years working in radio marketing in Townsville, she relocated to Sydney to “become a writer”. 

Sarah worked in-house for various magazines and publishers but much preferred the freelance life as she got to dip in and out of different industries and cultures. For her no two days were the same. 

She has written for magazines such as Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Collective and Mortgage Professional Australia. She has also contributed parenting and lifestyle articles for Mamamia, The Glow, and

As an experienced author, journalist and editor, today she specialises in writing about business, property, travel and parenting. Sarah also loves tackling long-form projects, having edited or ghost-written 20-plus non-fiction books on topics as diverse as health and fitness, parenting, property and small business.

You’d think that after working with words all day, she'd want to be as far away from them as possible when she clocks off. But in fact, Sarah's favourite way to end the day is with a cup of tea and a good book. And a small chocolate treat wouldn't hurt.



Linh Dao

Linh Dao

Linh is experienced in multi-media journalism from writing for multiple platforms, including web, print, radio and TV. 

Linh has a flair for technology, regularly producing content in graphic design programs and film editing software. Linh abides by the highest journalistic standards and is also a certified professional by the UK National Council for the Training of Journalists.

Linh’s first job provided her invaluable insights from the other side of the fence. As a corporate in-house copywriter, she was able to blend her high journalistic ethics and knowledge gained from the inbound marketing discipline. Over an 18-month period, Linh helped her team grow the company’s online presence exponentially with 100% increase in blog traffic and some top search word Google rankings. During that time, Linh also worked part-time as a TV news journalist, writing and presenting global news bulletins at the weekends. 

Linh’s inquisitive mind has led her to live, work and study in 5 cities, 3 countries over the past 9 years, collecting experiences along the way. While pursuing her Master of Media Practice degree at the University of Sydney, Linh continued to sharpen her brand journalism by working part-time. Coupled with some freelancing and coursework tasks, her portfolio includes interviewing prominent business people, non-profit organisations and using content management systems.

She is also the editor of 2 published books on outsourcing and supply chain. Now based in Adelaide, South Australia, Linh looks to the unique platform provided by Newsmodo to continue providing high-impact content for businesses.