Contributors To The Travel Journalism Course

The Morris Journalism Academy has recruited an impressive team of award-winning journalists, photographers and travel writers who have also contributed to the course, providing you with a wealth of knowledge about writing for local and international media markets.

Between them, our contributors reveal all the secrets of the ultimate dream job, giving you the best chance of carving a successful career in travel journalism:

  • Marc Llewellyn is former President and Life Member of the Australian Society of Travel Writers (ASTW). During his 15-year career as a travel writer he has written several hundred travel articles and two travelogues: Riders to the Midnight Sun, and Finding Nino: A Seachange in Italy, winner the ASTW Travel Book of the Year Award.

  • Kerry van der Jagt is a frequent contributor to titles such as The Sun-Herald, Get Lost, Vacations & Travel, Australian Traveller, and many more. She is also the recipient of a number of International and Australian awards.

  • David Whitley is a full-time travel journalist, regularly contributing to Australian and UK publications including The Sun-Herald, National Geographic Traveller and the Sunday Times Travel Magazine.

  • John Borthwick is a full-time freelance writer/photographer for 25 years, and has published several thousand illustrated articles in both Australian and international publications. He has been named both Travel Writer and Travel Photographer of the Year in the Australian Society of Travel Writers awards on several occasions.

  • Robert Upe was the founding co-editor and former editor of Traveller in The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald. He is currently National Travel and Tourism Writer for the Fairfax newspaper group.

Kris Madden is an award-winning travel journalist whose work appears in many Australian and international print and online publications. In 2012, Kris won Travel Writer of the Year Trade/Industry by the Australian Society of Travel Writers.

Brian Thacker is an acclaimed travel author and has written seven books, including the hilarious No Sex on the Bus, a book about his experiences as a guide on a Top Deck tour bus in Europe. His books have been translated into several languages and sold internationally.

Brian Johnston is a freelance travel writer and blogger, regularly contributing to The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age as well as several other papers and publications in Australia and the UK. He has twice been named Australian Travel Writer of the Year.

Tim Richards has been a freelance travel writer since 2004. His writing has appeared in newspapers, magazines and on websites around the world. He is an author for Lonely Planet, having researched several editions of the publisher’s Poland and Eastern Europe guidebooks, along with trade and reference books such as Lonely Planet’s annual ‘Best in Travel’ guide.

Susan Gough Henly is the author of the best-selling app ‘Australia’s Best Places’. She is an award-winning photojournalist and travel writer whose byline has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, Travel & Leisure, The Toronto Star, The Wine Enthusiast, The Sun Herald and many more.


. . . and many more industry professionals sharing their insight and knowledge with you throughout the course.