I’m Ella Donald, a journalist, academic, and writer from Brisbane, Australia. I teach at the University of Queensland, and am a regular contributor to GQ magazine, also writing for publications like Vanity Fair, The Guardian, The Saturday Paper, Vice, ABC, Fairfax, and news.com.au. I’ve appeared on ABC Radio, NPR, and in various publications as an expert, and am a film critic for ABC Radio Drive NSW/ACT.
My writing spans a variety of topics, from arts and entertainment, to sport, to technology and youth culture, to social issues and travel. I specialise in profiles, features, essays, interviews, commentary, and corporate writing, anything that dives deep into issues and people. I’ve written for popular magazines, websites, and newspapers, as well as trade and academic publications.
I’m a graduate of The University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia (BJ, 2017), also attending the Queensland University of Technology. I have been the recipient of a Dean’s List commendation for academic excellence. In 2017, I undertook a residency at House Conspiracy. In 2016, I was a participant of the Critics Campus at the Melbourne International Film Festival. In 2009, I won the student section of the City of Melbourne EcoCity Photo Competition. In March 2018, some of my work appeared at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas. In 2018, I am a participant in the Women in Media Queensland Mentoring Program, where I am being mentored by Danielle Cronin, editor of the Brisbane Times.
I have been writing professionally since I was 15, when I began editing and co-owning the popular website FashionOfGlee.com. This allowed me to interview crew members from the show, as well as see the site be profiled by various outlets including Tumblr and receive worldwide press and recognition from publications including Elle and fashion houses like Kate Spade.
I have a background in a variety of areas, including film, dance, fashion, theatre, art, and music. I continue to work across various mediums, in addition to teaching journalism, communications, and media studies subjects.
For some samples of my work, check out the categories above! If you’re looking for something else, don’t hesitate to get in contact.
ABC Radio (various bureaus) – Golden Globes/Oscars coverage, film reviews