Steinar Ellingsen is a Norwegian expat and lecturer in Journalism at La Trobe University in Melbourne, and an executive editor of upstart — the magazine for emerging journalists. He’s currently in the finishing stages of a creative PhD, which includes creating an documentary web series chronicling a ten-week road trip in Australia, called The Inland Sea: An Australian Odyssey.
Born in Kongsberg, Norway, Steinar started as a freelance journalist and photographer in 1997, working mainly for his hometown newspaper Laagendalsposten, and working occasionally as casual editor of the sports pages. In 2007, he was nominated for a Norwegian SKUP award, as part of a reportage team investigating a crisis in the local age care service. Steinar has also been published in newspaper Dagsavisen, NRK Web, online music magazine Groove.no (all Norway).
Steinar holds an Honours degree in journalism (La Trobe University, 2007). His Honours thesis, Fighting the Bushfire: Reinventing the East Brunswick Club, looked at the re-launch of a 200-year-old Melbourne corner pub as a live music venue, in a rapidly changing and post-industrial, suburban environment.