Alison Branley is journalist with a decade of experience. While studying at the University of Newcastle she got her first break as a full-time senior reporter and sub-editor at the Woy Woy-based Peninsula News. Nearly two years later she moved to the Central Coast Express Advocate to become a News Ltd cadet and over four years built a reputation as a respected and trusted journalist with strong community contacts. She constantly worked to update and improve her skills tackling investigative journalism, media law and sub editing courses. She has spent the past five years at the Newcastle Herald where her work as education reporter earned her three Prodi awards in 2010 including Journalist of the Year. As part of the Fairfax and News Ltd networks her work has been published in The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, Financial Review and The Daily Telegraph. She also voluntarily filed news review and magazine features for the Newcastle Herald weekend supplements and has been published on Mamamia. She has covered federal, state and council elections, worked as council reporter, covered police and courts rounds as well as contributing business, entertainment, features, education, health, sport and real estate articles to what has become a dynamic and relevant local newspaper. She is very passionate about the shift to online news and posts regularly on her own blog.