About me

Brittany Shanahan


Welcome to the blog of journalist Brittany Shanahan, called It’s more than just a game.

This is a portfolio of Brittany’s written and photographic work from different organisations she volunteered and worked at before landing her first full-time journalist role at Leader Newspaper. She is currently the news reporter for  the Berwick Leader.

Brittany has previously volunteered at the Victorian Football League, Melbourne Stars, Netball Victoria and The Age. She also worked at the Australian Open and Inside Football Magazine.

She is a passionate Collingwood supporter, who was influenced by her father, and said watching her club finally win a premiership in 2010 was one of the best days of her life.


Brittany’s favourite quote, which encapsulates the essence of life, is from American Footballer Vince Lombardi:

“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavour. It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get back up. The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.”




Public Company; 51-200 employees; Marketing and Advertising industry

January 2014 – Present


Sandingham Dragons

November 2013 – Present

Founder & Photographer

Brittany Shanahan Photography

June 2013 – Present

brittanyshanahanphotography.com for more details.

Freelance Contributor

Inside Football

 May 2011 – October 2013

Since 2011 I have been contributing feature articles to Inside Football’s VFL section of the magazine on various occasions, including the VFL Grand Final.

Media Coordinator

South Metro Junior Football League

November 2013 – January 2014

In my role as a Media Coordinator I’m responsible for the maintenance of the SMJFL’s website, social media accounts, newsletter and coverage of key events.

Australian Open Media Welcome Desk Officer

Tennis Australia

Nonprofit; 201-500 employees; Sports industry

January 2013 – January 2014 Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Reporting to the Media Operations Manager, I would assist journalists and photographers with tournament and publicity questions, accreditation, IT concerns and general enquiries.


Australian Masters Games

October 2013 – October 2013 Geelong

For the duration of the Australian Masters Games (5th – 12th October 2013) in Geelong I worked as a Journalist covering a wide range of sports – Sailing, Powerlifting, Pool Lifesaving, Lawn Bowls, AFL, Tennis, Ten Pin Bowling and Athletics.

I would write multiple media releases per day, ready for publication on the event website and for distribution to the athlete’s respective local newspaper.

Sports Reporter

Leader Community Newspapers

Newspapers industry

July 2011 – September 2013 Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Since my internship in Leader Newspaper’s sport department at the north/west office, I’ve continued to write sports stories effecting those in the north/west region. I have since expanded my reporting base and cover stories across Melbourne for Leader Newspaper and the Herald Sun’s Local Footy section on their website.

Media Intern

Melbourne Stars

Public Company; 11-50 employees; Sports industry

October 2011 – February 2013

During the Melbourne Stars season, I would write content for the website and became the designated match-day photographer, uploading photo’s to Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Match Day Reporter

AFL Victoria

Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Sports industry

May 2010 – September 2012

Since 2010 I have written weekly match reports which would appear on the VFL website. My coverage of the VFL also expanded to feature articles that appeared in the VFL record.

Media Intern

Melbourne Vixens

February 2012 – July 2012

During the Melbourne Vixens 2012 season, I would comprehensively cover the Melbourne Vixens progress on their website, Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram. On match-day I was also the designated social media photographer, write the match report for the website and assist the Media and Communications Coordinator with any tasks.

The Ivory Tower – Electric Car

Channel 31

Nonprofit; 11-50 employees; Broadcast Media industry

March 2012 – June 2012

During my Journalism degree, my fellow classmates and I produced a segment for The Ivory Tower called The Electric Car that aired on channel 31. While I was host of the in-studio discussion, I also researched and edited our entire program and prepared a digital copy suitable for submission to Channel 31.

Online Intern

The Age

Public Company; 1001-5000 employees; Newspapers industry

May 2012 – May 2012

In 2012, I completed a two-week internship at The Age online where I wrote regular police and SES updates for the website, constantly pitched ideas to my editors and researched facts for the sport department. I also assisted in the online video reporting of the AEU teachers strike at Melbourne Park where I asked teachers questions on camera and spoke to key figures involved.

Website contributor

The Roar

 April 2010 – October 2011

I wrote a number of articles across AFL, Tennis, Swimming, Cricket and Soccer for The Roar in my first year of studying Journalism.

Half-time special comments

3WBC Radio Station

August 2011 – September 2011

For the broadcast of Box Hill Hawks matches, I would provide comments, opinions and news updates at half time in the VFL.

Public Company; 51-200 employees; Marketing and Advertising industry

May 2011 – June 2011

As an Intern at Leader Newspaper, I would write multiple articles daily for the sports sections in the north/west region’s newspapers. I would also cover the Local Sports Stars award articles on the nominated individuals.

Media and Communications intern

Cricket Victoria

Nonprofit; 51-200 employees; Sports industry

November 2010 – March 2011

•Produce articles for the Victorian Bushrangers and Cricket Victoria website’s.
•Record press conferences for the Victorian Bushrangers.
•Write articles from press releases for the Victorian Bushrangers website.
•Took photographs from the boundary line of the MCG for the KFC Twenty20 Big Bash games and the Commonwealth Bank Series.
•Compile player stats for IPL.
•Assist in the organization of the Cricket Victoria media awards.
•Designated photographer for Cricket Victoria for the Media and Gala Awards.

Match Day Reporter

Northern Football League

March 2010 – September 2010

In my first year of Journalism study, I wrote for the NFL on a weekly basis contributing match reports for the website and football record, ‘The Northerner’.

Work experience – Assistant Reporter/Photographer

Herald and Weekly Times

Newspapers industry

September 2008 – September 2008

•Assisted photographer with talent and equipment at photo shoots
•Interviewed current employed Journalists.
•Accompanied Journalist to press conferences and AFL club training sessions.
•Accompanied Journalist (Glenn McFarlane) to one on one interview with the then current premiership captain Shane Crawford.

Work experience – Assistant Reporter/Producer

SEN 1116

June 2008 – June 2008

•Assisting producer in news gathering.
•Observed audio promotion productions.
•Accompanied reporter to press conferences and AFL training sessions.


The main header for It’s more than just a game has been created independently by myself for the purposes of this blog and is prohibited from being reproduced in any way, shape of form.

© 2011 Brittany Shanahan


One Response to “About me”
  1. Robert says:

    Hey, really like your blog.


    Promotes student work driven people such as yourself.

    email media@sportspress.com.au for more details would love to chat.

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