Steinar Ellingsen

Steinar Ellingsen

Steinar Ellingsen is a Journalism lecturer at La Trobe University and an executive editor of upstart — the magazine for emerging journalists. He is the Director of Melbourne WebFest, Australia’s first international web series festival, and the creator of the award-winning documentary web series The Inland Sea: An Australian Odyssey. Steinar started his career in journalism as a freelancer in 1997, working mainly for regional newspaper Laagendalsposten, as a journalist, photographer and casual Sports editor. In 2007, he was nominated for a Norwegian SKUP award, as part of a reportage team at Laagendalsposten investigating a crisis in regional age care service.

Q&A

Hi, what’s your name?

Steinar Ellingsen

Where do you hail from?

Kongsberg, Norway

Who do you work for?

La Trobe University, Melbourne WebFest

Tell us a bit about you – how did you get to where you are today?

I came from Norwegian newspapers, via the Australian outback, to the web and academia.

What are your career highlights?

I was nominated for a SKUP Award (Norway’s Walkley Award) in 2007 as a part of a team reporting on an ongoing crisis in regional age care. More recently, I had the pleasure of spending ten weeks travelling through the Australian outback at the height of summer, in a car with three others and limited air-conditioning, making a web series.

Who or what inspires you to get out of bed in the morning?

Coffee, my students and the brilliant people I’m privileged to work with (in that order).

Which other storytellers do you admire?

Louis Theroux, John Oliver, Chuck Palahniuk, Hunter Thompson, Brian Storm (and MediaStorm), John Branch. Recently I’ve been hugely impressed with the work of three young Norwegian journalists and their startup, Paragon Features. Their multimedia documentary project “From the Youth” is as brilliant as it is bold and ambitious: A portrait of an entire generation in the wake of the 2011 terror attack in Oslo and the island Utøya.

What do you plan to share at Storyology?

Web series

Where can we find you?

Website/blog: www.upstart.net.au / www.theinlandsea.com.au / www.melbournewebfest.com

Twitter: @SEllingsen

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