Marisa Wikramanayake

Journalism & Editing Portfolio

Editing 

for: Hardie Grant Publishing 
by: Domonique Bertolucci
published: Oct 4, 2016
genre: self-help; non-fiction 

for: Seizure in conjunction with Xoum
by: Jane Rawson
published: Aug 3, 2014
genre: speculative fiction; novella 

Formaldehyde was one of the three winners of the 2014 Viva La Novella prize run by seizure for which I was both editor and judge. 

Broadcast work

Television news – packages

story: China’s Circuit Breaker Mechanism
for: Newsfirst, Capital Maharaja Organisation Private Limited, Colombo, Sri Lanka
work: production – scripting, editing and voicing
visuals: Reuters & Xinhua (via Reuters)
air date: created as story for 30 min pilot episode for business news program but was never aired

I worked briefly as an intern in TV and radio production for a national broadcaster from December 2015 to January 2016 while in Colombo, Sri Lanka and was allowed to use a few examples of my work for my portfolio. 

story: Mexican Volcano Eruption
for: Newsfirst, Capital Maharaja Organisation, Colombo, Sri Lanka
work: production – scripting and editing (voiced by another reporter)
visuals: Reuters 
air date: Jan 1, 2016
software: Remote Producer & Edius

I worked briefly as an intern in TV and radio production for a national broadcaster from December 2015 to January 2016 while in Colombo, Sri Lanka and was allowed to use a few examples of my work for my portfolio. 

story: Single Window System
for: Newsfirst, Capital Maharaja Organisation, Colombo, Sri Lanka
work: production – scripting and editing (voiced by another reporter)
visuals: Reuters 
air date: Jan 1, 2016
software: Remote Producer & Ediusa

Political & business reporting

From December 2014 to February 2015, I covered the Sri Lankan Presidential election campaign for the online and print editions of the Daily Financial Times, a national daily business English language newspaper. I wrote news and feature pieces including the following front page stories. 

Front page stories

front page story: SAARC event – cooperation can create a community of countries
for: Daily FT
published: Dec 9, 2014
online link: 
http://www.ft.lk/2014/12/09/cooperation-can-create-a-community-of-countries/

front page story: Mahathir moots Malaysian model
for: Daily FT
published: Dec 10, 2014
online link:
http://www.ft.lk/2014/12/10/mahathir-moots-malaysian-model/

front page story: Google launches Streetview
for: Daily FT
published: Dec 12, 2014
online link:  http://www.ft.lk/2014/12/12/google-launches-street-view-in-sri-lanka-gears-up-to-capture-gorgeous-geography/

front page story: Secretary to the President’s comments at the Momentum Forum
for: Daily FT
published: Dec 18, 2014
online link: http://www.ft.lk/2014/12/18/weeratunga-gets-passionate-about-what-sets-president-rajapaksa-apart-from-other-leaders/

front page story: Momentum Forum intro piece (shared byline with three other reporters who covered other parts of the event)
for: Daily FT
published: Dec 18, 2014
online link: http://www.ft.lk/2014/12/18/synchronised-mr-captivates-colombo/

front page story: Maithri & Ranil address business leaders
for: Daily FT
published: Dec 24, 2014
online link: http://www.ft.lk/2014/12/24/maithri-ranil-answer-biz-concerns-shed-key-insights/


front page story: Central Bank Governor Cabraal say platform set for stronger economic growth
for: Daily FT
published: Jan 03, 2015
online link: http://www.ft.lk/2015/01/03/cabraal-says-platform-set-for-stronger-economic-growth/

front page story: High highway costs are reasonable: Minister’s Secretary
for: Daily FT
published: Jan 06, 2015
online link:  http://www.ft.lk/2015/01/06/high-highway-costs-are-reasonable-ministry-secy/

Interviews

interview:  Cesar Cernuda, Microsoft Asia Pacific CEO
for: Daily FT
published: Dec 18, 2014
online link: http://www.ft.lk/2014/12/18/cesar-cernuda-candid-on-cloud-computing/

interview: GO Communications CEO Michael de Kretser
for: Daily FT
published: Jan 13, 2015
online link: http://www.ft.lk/2015/01/13/peace-public-relations-and-publishing-michael-de-kretser-goes-for-it/

Op-eds

op ed feature on election: Mahinda, Maithripala and does my vote matter? 
for: Daily FT
published: Jan 8, 2015
online link: http://www.ft.lk/2015/01/08/mahinda-maithripala-and-does-my-vote-matter/

op ed on Brexit: Brexit’s impact on Sri Lanka
for: Daily FT
published: Jun 28, 2016
online link: http://www.ft.lk/article/551236/Brexit-s-impact-on-Sri-Lanka

Literary journalism & book reviews

I wrote reviewed books for a short period for the West Australian newspaper. Two of these reviews are showcased here. I also currently write about books for Australian Women Writers, review books on my blog and film author interviews and book launches and some of these are also showcased here. 

review: Kim Fu’s For Today I am a Boy
for: The West Australian
published: Feb 2013

review: Wolfgang Herrndorf’s Why We Took The Car
for: The West Australian
published: January 2013

video: Margaret River Press launch of Shibboleth – the 2016 Short Story Anthology
for: Margaret River Press
published online: Aug 29, 2016

video: Emily Paull interviews author Liz Byrski
for: Westbooks
published online: Jul 17, 2016

Science journalism

I freelanced as a science journalist for Science Network WA from 2009 to 2013. I also have a Master of Communications in Science Journalism. You can see all my work on the Science Network WA website’ archive but I have included a few articles here. 

story: HPV vaccination uptake for boys underway
for: Science Network WA
published on: 05 June 2013
online link: http://sciencewa.net.au/images/stories/HPV_couple.jpg

story: Smartphone climate change app opens to public
for: Science Network WA
published on: 25 September 2013
online link: http://sciencewa.net.au/topics/environment-a-conservation/item/1706-smartphone-climate-change-app-opens-to-public

story: Eucalypt resilience in restoration and revegetation investigated
for: Science Network WA
published on: 26 April 2012
online link: http://sciencewa.net.au/topics/environment-a-conservation/item/1377-eucalypt-resilience-in-restoration-and-revegetation-investigated

story: More tuart dieback culprits found
for: Science Network WA
published on: 28 November 2011
online link: http://sciencewa.net.au/topics/agriculture/item/1094-more-tuart-dieback-culprits-found

Social equity, community & advocacy journalism

I have also covered events when I have been made aware that no other publications or news outlets will cover or run the stories. I have often created video and audio for these stories and published them on this website. 

Khodayar Amini 

Story: Khodayar Amini and how the state and federal government failed him both life and death. 
Link: http://marisa.com.au/blog-2/journalism-2/khodayar_amini/

Interview with Sarah Ross from RRAN:

Got a story for me to cover? Or want to hire me? You can find me at: 
 Twitter: @mwikramanayake
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 Phone: +610419925300
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