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Shelly Horton

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Hi, I’m Shelly Horton.  I’m a journalist and in the past 25 years I’ve worked in all aspects of the media including TV, radio, print and online.

I love being a mentor.  I have been a mentor to many over the past five years.

I can help guide your career, coach you on how ask for a pay rise or tell you when it’s time to leave a dead-end job.

I will happily praise your accomplishments but, be warned, I also provide tough love and constructive feedback.

I will share the career tips I’ve picked up along the way and keep my ear to the ground for new opportunities that might suit you.

Basically, I will be your biggest cheerleader.


6 Sessions for $ 1190
12 Sessions for $ 2381

Media - Online, Television, Radio, Newspapers & Journalism

Education: Bachelor of Arts (double major in broadcast journalism) from University of Queensland

Languages: English only

I have been mentoring young female journalists for five years now and find it incredibly rewarding. I have been a journalist for 25 years and worked in print, radio, TV and online. I'm passionate about helping others in a tough industry. In my downtime I love going home to Queensland and fishing with my Dad.

Current Company: ShellShocked Media

Current Position: Journalist and Founder

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Other Information:

I am a journalist and one of Australia’s leading news and lifestyle commentators across all forms of media: print, online, television and radio.

I appear on Channel Nine three times a week with regular segments on TODAY, TODAY EXTRA and Weekend TODAY.

I also run my own video production company called, ShellShocked Media.  We have clients such as Twinings, Triumph, GlaxoSmithKline and Open Colleges.

I have been mentoring younger female journalists for five years now.  Mentoring is one of my favourite things to do and I find it very fulfilling.

I am an ambassador for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

I produce and co-host a controversial health web series called Things You Can’t Talk About On TV with Dr Ginni Mansberg.

Previously in my career, I’ve been the host and producer of Mamamia TV and Senior Editor of the Mamamia Women’s Network. I was the co-host of online health channel

I was a crime reporter on ABC Radio, newsreader on Triple J, health reporter on George Negus Tonight, panellist on The Glass House on ABC TV, South Pacific Correspondent for Entertainment Tonight America, hosted my own entertainment TV show in London

and was a regular on Channel Nine’s A Current Affair, Mornings with Kerri-Anne, 20-1 and The Catch-Up.

Then I moved to print and spent six years working as Editor-at-Large of S in the Sun Herald and was promoted to national editor of Life&Style for I’ve been a gossip columnist, entertainment writer and social pages reporter. In that time I attended more than 1500 events.

It was my job to go to parties so I know what it takes to be a good MC. From hosting events to presenting key note speeches my background in live TV means I’m super comfortable in front of a crowd.

I’ve taken all of this experience and, as well as my present on-air gigs, I now run a media training course called Prep & Polish. It’s a four hour one-on-one media training session designed for clients who might need a bit of polish when it comes to getting their message across for upcoming TV and radio appearances.

Because as I know well, you only get once chance with the media, so you better grab it by the balls.

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