Meet the new upstart team

1 August 2011

Written by: Erdem Koc

This week we welcome a new editorial team at upstart, all of whom bring very different experiences and enthusiasms to the magazine. They’re all La Trobe students, and they’ll all receive academic credit for their work on the site this semester after enrolling in our subject, Online Editing and Publishing.

So if you have ideas about what you’d like to write about for upstart, check our our Notes for Contributors guidelines and get in touch with the team.

Don’t forget you can receive daily updates about what’s been posted on upstart by entering your email address in the box at the top left of the home page. And you can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well.

And now let’s meet them. We hope you like them. And we really want you to pitch your stories to them.

Kellie Mayo, editor

Kellie is a Master of Global Communications student.  In her spare time she’ll be trying to keep her full-time job as the Executive Producer of ABC1’s Sunday morning political review program Insiders.  Kellie has worked in the ABC’s Melbourne Radio and Television newsroom since 1995 as a journalist, producer and Chief of Staff.

Jonathan Wilkinson, deputy editor

Jonathan is currently studying the Graduate Diploma in Journalism. After completing a Bachelor of Arts in 2010, Jonathan backpacked around Europe for six months. Now back in Melbourne, he is following his passion for writing, with a specific focus on politics, sport and pop culture.

Giulio Di Giorgio

Giulio is a final-year Bachelor of Journalism student who has a passionate interest in news, current affairs and sport. His contributions to upstart include a feature piece on the ethics of using social media as a research tool. Giulio is currently assisting at the ABC and at Melbourne sports radio station 1116 SEN.

Kate Scarff

Kate is a Graduate Diploma in Journalism student. Having completed a PhD in the field of Immunology at Monash University and worked over ten years in the local pharmaceutical industry, Kate has developed an interest in science and health journalism.

Ryan Murphy

Ryan is studying a Graduate Diploma in Media Studies.  Growing up in country NSW, Ryan found his first love to be writing and performing music completing a degree through the Queensland conservatorium in 2008.  Since graduating Ryan has gained international radio play for his original works and performed alongside some of Australia’s best musicians.  So far in 2011 Ryan has hit the stage not only as a musician but also a comedian, written, directed and acted in a short film, started co-hosting a community radio show, and taken a keen interest in journalism.

Liana Neri

Liana is a final-year Bachelor of Journalism student.  She recently completed a semester of journalism studies at the University of Missouri and enjoys writing about arts, pop culture and travel.  Her interest lies especially in multimedia journalism.

Matthew Dixon

Matthew is a final-year Bachelor of Journalism student who is passionate about politics and sport. He has recently returned from a year at the University of Missouri where he worked for the local newspaper, The Columbia Missourian.


Jyade Old

Jyade, who is studying a Graduate Diploma in Journalism, was born in an outer suburb of Sydney and raised in a big family everywhere between Puckapunyul  and Caboolture. After she finished school Jyade took her gap year in Chile. After her return she spent some time exploring the eastern reaches of Australia before settling in Cairns to do a Bachelor of Arts majoring in performance. Last year she lived and worked in Tokyo while completing her undergrad and this year has come to Melbourne to pursue a career in journalism.

Cat Brooke

Cat is a final-year Bachelor of Creative Arts student with a passion for travel. She recently returned from a Christmas in Cuba, a summer in Sweden, and a frolic in Finland. Cat hopes to bring her Creative Arts flavour to Journalism…stay tuned.


Michael Nolan

Michael is studying the Graduate Diploma in Journalism.  He completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts from the University of Southern Queensland and is interested in politics, international affairs and regional issues.


Samantha Afetian

Samantha is a Bachelor of Journalism/Public Relations student on exchange from San Diego State University in California. She looks forward to uncovering the hidden secrets and untold stories of Melbourne.  Last year, Samantha contributed to the SDSU NewsCenter, reporting on everything from scientific research to sports.