About Marisa

I am Marisa Wikramanayake, a Melbourne based freelance journalist, editor and writer. 

I have worked in Sri Lanka and Australia, covering Sri Lankan, Australian and international politics, business and industry, science and technology and recently, fashion and lifestyle. 

I am also an elected national delegate for the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance. 

Scroll down to see more of my journalism work.

Journalism Portfolio

Political Journalism

 Stories I wrote for  various outlets on Sri Lankan, Australian and international politics and development

Australia open to ‘One Belt, One Road’ as China targets ports

Australia remains willing to work with China after the 19th National Congress released statistics on its flagship project, the Belt and Roads Initiative…

For The New Daily
26 October 2017

Link: https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/world/2017/10/26/china-one-belt-one-road/

Bad for business: Sri Lanka’s political crisis sees work travellers bypass tourism

Pamuditha Fernando, owner of Colombo-based tour company Ceylon Trails, has seen his takings for the last two weeks drop by 1 million rupees (US$5,564) – or 90 per cent – compared to the previous fortnight.

For the South China Morning Post
13 December 2018

Link: https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/economics/article/2178076/bad-business-sri-lankas-political-crisis-sees-work-travellers

Sri Lanka's Presidential Election Campaign 2015

Just some of the news stories I covered during the campaign:

6 January 2015: High highway costs are reasonable: Ministry Secy.

Link: http://www.ft.lk/front-page/high-highway-costs-are-reasonable-ministry-secy/44-380204

24 December 2014: Maithri, Ranil answer biz concerns, shed key insights

Link: http://www.ft.lk/special-report/maithri-ranil-answer-biz-concerns-shed-key-insights/22-377556

12 December 2014: Google launche street view in Sri Lanka, gears up toc apture gorgeous geography

Link: http://www.ft.lk/article/374572/Google-launches-Street-View-in-Sri-Lanka–gears-up-to-capture-gorgeous-geography

10 December 2014: Mahathir moots Malaysian model

Link: http://www.ft.lk/top-story/mahathir-moots-malaysian-model/26-374145


Brexit’s impact on Sri Lanka

It has been a surreal month in British politics. Not two days after Bob Geldof chased UK Independent Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage up the Thames River, left wing politician Jo Cox was fatally shot and stabbed in public by a man linked to the right wing Leave faction of the Brexit issue. 

28 June 2016

Mahinda, Maithripala and does my vote matter? 

“It’s the lesser evil”. It’s New Year’s Eve and I am sitting next to a paralegal who, aghast at my complaint that I may have to spoil my ballot on purpose in the election, is trying to change my mind.

8 January 2015
Link: http://www.ft.lk/opinion/mahinda-maithripala-and-does-my-vote-matter/14-380585

Broadcast work

I scripted, edited and packaged news stories for Newsfirst Sri Lanka from 2015-16. These were the three pieces I was given permission to showcase on my portfolio. 

Air date: 1 January 2016
Single Window System
Mexican Volcano Eruption
work: production – scripting and editing (voiced by another reporter)
visuals: Reuters 
software: Remote Producer & Ediusa

China’s Circuit Breaker Mechanism

This piece was voiced, scripted and edited by me for a 30 minute business news show but was never aired. Visuals were from Reuters.

Literary journalism

Pen to paper: Publishing the writing of the African diaspora

For Books & Publishing (print & online)
30 October 2018
Link: https://www.booksandpublishing.com.au/articles/2018/10/30/118472/pen-to-paper-publishing-the-writing-of-the-african-diaspora/
Login details for paywall: [email protected] and mmmm4444


Why we took the car - Wolfgang Herrndorf

For The West Australian

Saudade - Suneeta Peres Da Costa

For Books & Publishing

For today I am a boy - Kim Fu

For The West Australian

The Spite Game - Anna Snoekstra

For Books & Publishing

Digital and Social media work

Facebook Live interviews

These are interviews with different authors discussing their work and why they write 

Suzanne Jambo

We are interviewing Suzanne Jambo author of Today's African Woman, a memoir about her time as an activist and now leader and founder of the South Sudan STEPS Towards Peace and Democracy political party. You can keep an eye out for her book on Africa World Books Australia: Publisher.

Posted by Marisa Wikramanayake on Sunday, 3 December 2017
Kuany Kiir Kuany

We are live with Kuany Kiir Kuany author of Enlightened Darkness which is published through Africa World Books Australia: Publisher. Type your questions for Kuany in the comments and we will try to answer them. Feel free to share this video. You have been asking but we can't add more people to the broadcast due to tech issues, sorry and thanks for your patience in this regard.

Posted by Marisa Wikramanayake on Thursday, 7 December 2017

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