Shane Worrell

I’m an Australian journalist, sociologist and writer.La Trobe Profile Photo-0358

Journalism

I worked at the The Phnom Penh Post in Cambodia, from 2011-2015, reporting extensively on a range of human rights, labour and political issues.

Since 2005, my journalism has also appeared in (or on) The Economist, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age (Australia), the Nikkei Asian Review (Japan), The Edge Review (Malaysia), The Diplomat (Japan), The Financial Daily (Malaysia), the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Crikey (Australia), the Melbourne Leader and the Bendigo Advertiser (Australia).

Reporting highlights include:

  • Receiving a Human Rights Press Award for my work on a package about human trafficking for The Edge Review.
  • Receiving three Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) awards for breaking news with The Phnom Penh Post.
  • Covering the 2013 Cambodian national election.
  • Covering the 2016 Australian election as a foreign correspondent for Japan’s Nikkei Asian Review — at times, filing from my childhood home.
  • Covering the trials of imprisoned human rights activists Yorm Bopha and the Boeung Kak 13 in Cambodia.
  • Covering the 2012 ASEAN summits in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Links to published work

Selected journalism

Story archive at The Phnom Penh Post

Story archive at the Nikkei Asian Review

Correspondent profile at Bomborra Productions


Academic research

I am a PhD candidate at La Trobe University, Australia. My research relates to transnational sociology and new media in the context of humanitarian migration. I teach a range of subjects in the Department of Social Inquiry. I have presented at conferences in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth.


Fiction

Tom Climbs the Fence_cover pages.inddI wrote a novel, released in 2010, titled Tom Climbs the Fence. Drawing from my personal experiences, the novel depicted life for family members and friends of someone living with a drug addiction and mental illness. It was distributed nationally in Australia and positively reviewed in mainstream media.

A short story I wrote, Living for All Eternagen, was published in the Australian 2017 Painted Words anthology. Read it here.


Songwritingok 1

Under the name, The Now Disgraced, I recorded some songs with a traditional Cambodian music maestro and my wife in Phnom Penh in 2013. The songs were released as the EP, A Vong Ai!, which you can listen to here.


Playwriting

A political satire I wrote called They Use Violence, We Use Force was runner-up in the Short+Sweet Melbourne theatre festival in January 2017, having first been selected as one of 20 plays to be performed out of some 600 scripts submitted. It has also been performed by the Canberra Academy of Dramatic Art and the Bendigo Theatre Company.

The play was inspired by political theorist WJM Mackenzie and satirises the euphemistic political language frequently used to sanitise and justify war.


Poetry

I once won a poetry competition. But apart from that fleeting recognition, I just write poetry for fun and to vent frustration. Some of my poems I have turned into songs, but most I haven’t. My music, poetry and other writing that I deem vague enough to be passed off as poetic can be found here.