Shaun Colnan

Freelance Journalistic Writer & Videographer

Location:South Yarra, Victoria, Australia
2 Skills
Shaun Colnan is a jack of all written trades. Whether it’s taking you to the edge of a far-off cliff, through the ins and outs of a secret family recipe or reflecting on the dream spaces of cinema, with Shaun at the helm you’re sure to be enthralled. He loves to jet off around the world but currently hangs his hat in Melbourne.


Freelance Journalist - Various Agencies
As a Freelance Journalist I’ve worked on numerous projects, written articles for major Australian news outlets, as well as made ongoing contributions to several online and print magazines. For a look at my published works go to:

Blogger - Shemmabroad
I maintained a travel blog through my travels in 2014. Travelling and reflecting on that travel for an audience gave me an invaluable insight into what sort of travel people are wanting to experience for themselves. For a detailed look go to:

Shop Assistant - Costume Direct
During my year at Costume Direct I instigated the implementation of a picking system to help the company economise incoming and outgoing stock. I also developed customer relationships, helping customers decide the products they should purchase.

Intern - ABC’s 7:30
June - July 2012
I was one of eight students across New South Wales to earn a prestigious work experience opportunity at the ABC. During my month at 7:30 I worked with some of the best journalists in Australia, learning from them and absorbing the professional working environment of our national public broadcaster. I conducted broadcasted interviews (including Tibetan Kalon Tripa, Dr Lobsang Sangay), wrote copy and researched stories. I also made preliminary incursions into what became the story that prompted the Royal Commission into Institutional Child ****** Abuse.
Call Centre Operator – Residex
As a Call Centre Operator I was at the frontline of communications with real estate agents, collecting data for publication in the Sunday Telegraph. My time at Residex taught me to work within a team and the importance of maintaining relationships to meet targets. My time at Residex was pivotal in cementing my love for customer service, working diligently to exceed expectations. I also worked on a quarterly report for Residex which saw me work independently, gathering research and compiling data for promotional purposes.

Intern - Nine News Room
July 2011
I worked as an intern in the Nine News Room in July of 2011, shadowing journalists and cameramen as they compiled the nightly news. This internship gave me experience in the field, taught me how to react quickly to news stories and produce scripts to a deadline.

Work Experience - Australian Financial Review
In July of 2010, I shadowed the Australian Financial Review’s Multimedia Manager, Marc Tewksbury, sitting in on meetings and the production of a video for AFR’s online content.

Work Experience - Business Review Weekly
In January of 2009, I shadowed BRW’s Editor in Chief, Sean Aylmer, collaborating with him on an article for the magazine.

Bachelor of Arts Honours (Film Studies)
? First Class Grade
? University of Sydney – Completed 2013

Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications) (English) (Film Studies)
? Distinction Average
? University of Sydney – Completed 2012

Year 12 Certificate
? UAI 99.15,
? Barker College – Completed 2008


Verge Awards
? The University of Sydney Union’s annual photography, art, literature and music awards.
? Poetry Prize, awarded in 2011, 2013
? Drama Prize, awarded in 2011, 2012, 2013
? Film Prize, awarded in 2013
Onstage – Director’s Folio (Drama)
? The annual HSC Drama showcase of the highest scoring individual projects exhibited at the Seymour Centre in Onstage
? Awarded in 2008

Headmaster’s Award for Critical Analytical Writing
? For an essay on Tim Winton’s Cloudstreet
? Awarded in 2008
Woodburn Bowl
? A perpetual award given to the highest achieving student at Barker College in the humanities
? Awarded in 2008


? iMovie
? Adobe Premier Pro
? Final Cut Pro
? Microsoft Office
? Wordpress
? Flexible writing style

I’ve been very fortunate to travel to numerous countries across four continents (other than Australia), meeting people from all walks of life. My years of travel have strengthened my empathy, my resilience and my understanding of other cultures. I hope to continue this in my professional life, learning from the people of the world.


Mr Sean Aylmer
Group Director, Business Media
Fairfax Media
Phone (w) 9282 3475 -

Ms Jacqueline Emery-Marlin
National Manager, Strategic Partnerships and Directing Growth Program
Australian Institute of Company Directors
Phone (m) 0437697918 -
Skills (2) Rating
Journalistic Writing