Meet the Team
The Swanston Gazette is only possible thanks to the hard work of our fantastic editorial team, who work 24/7 to keep the site up and running, get the print edition ready to go, find stories to chase up, and work with you to get everything just right for publication.
Riley Barber is a first year journalism student with no real preference of what type of story it is, as long as it’s good. As a native Melbournian, you know good coffee runs through her veins, along with a decent taste in film, books and music. Follow her Instagram for bad film photography and photojournalism, and her twitter for bad political observations.
Indiana grew up in Jindabyne, a small town in the Snowy Mountains of NSW. She aspires to be an investigative reporter at some point in her career. She has a deep love for travel stories and the occasional listicle on pretty much any topic. She has a great appreciation for visual and performing arts and a lack of appreciation for cooking. Find her on Twitter @HansenIndiana
April Austen is an aspiring sports journalist who loves writing, reading and playing volleyball. Her sporting interest and knowledge spreads far and wide, including everything from AFL to horse racing to figure skating. In her spare time she makes videos and tries to learn how to surf.
Youssef Saudie is a first year journalism student from Alice Springs who is passionate about telling stories on minorities and other cultural groups that are underrepresented in the media. With his diverse background, being an Egyptian-Muslim, born in Papua New Guinea, he encourages stories from various backgrounds.
Karly Smith is a journalism student with a passion for reading, writing and uncovering stories. Karly has a rather unhealthy obsession with her dog and can’t wait to travel the world. Follow her on Instagram @_karlysmith
Gabriela is an Indonesian first year journalism student with an undying love for writing, reading, singing, food, entertainment and music (Kpop holds a special spot in her heart, though!). She aspires to be an entertainment and/or lifestyle journalist, and she likes her stories like she likes her food - so spicy it makes your spine tingle! Follow her on Instagram @gab.caeli and Twitter @gabrielacaeli.
Student Life Editor
Alexandra Middleton is a journalist determined to tell as many stories as she can. When she's not investigating stories she can be found playing with her miniature sausage dog or dreaming of adventure in Europe. You can follow her on Twitter @alexandramidd16 and Instagram @alexandramid.
Tyson Whelan is a second year RMIT journalism student from Maffra in Victoria's east. Tyson specialises in politics and international affairs, but loves nothing more than a rural yarn. With a wealth of experience in political reporting, Tyson hopes to make The Swanston Gazette Education Section the very best of student journalism. twitter: @tyson_whelan
Lisa is a budding journalist based in Melbourne who is completing a Bachelor of Communications (Journalism) at RMIT. She grew up just outside of Fremantle in Western Australia. She is interested in culture, politics and communications. Her hobbies include eating expensive cheese and drinking cheap wine. Follow her on Twitter @lisagr_ace and Instagram a_pale_olive_.
Cai Holroyd is a second year journalism student at RMIT and a pop-culture enthusiast. When he’s not working on stories or The Swanston Gazette, he can usually be found sleeping or watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He is passionate about coffee and is in a co-dependent relationship with sleep deprivation. Find him on twitter @Cai_Holroyd.