Jane O’Connell is a writer, editor and content specialist who has worked at all levels of media, starting as a cadet journalist in television news. Throughout a fifteen-year broadcast career, Jane covered Police, Health and General news beats as an on-air reporter before moving to prime time current affairs as producer and supervising producer.

In 2000, Jane switched to online media, joining ninemsn – a joint venture between PBL and Microsoft – establishing brands from the Nine Network and the ACP magazine stable in the digital space.  In 2008 she relocated to Singapore to head up regional editorial programming and product planning at MSN (Microsoft) then to London in 2011 as the Editorial Programming Director for MSN across all international markets.

Since returning to Australia in 2015, Jane has collaborated with early stage and start up companies as media strategist, content specialist and writer.

Recent editorial projects include:

2017 UTS WRITERS’ ANTHOLOGY (Editor, anthology)

And Watch the Whale Explode, foreword by Fiona Wright. Published by Xoum, launched at the Sydney Writers’ Festival in May 2017.


Published March 2017 in Meanjin Quarterly, and selected for Meanjin’s Best in Memoir 2017.

CHASING EXTREME: A journey of overcoming obstacles and depression to embrace a life of extreme adventure.

(Co-writer, adventure biography)

The story of Luke Tyburski, professional footballer turned endurance athlete dealing with clinical depression. Published November 2017, available on Amazon.


ESCAPE MAGAZINE (Contributing writer)

Escape Southern Highlands

Jane is an Independent Director on the National Board of the Children’s Book Council of Australia, and is a volunteer creative writing Tutor at Sydney Story Factory.


Jane was awarded a Master of Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Technology, Sydney (2017) and studied Bachelor of Arts (Communications & Media Studies) at the NSW Institute of Technology (1987-88).


Email:  jane@janeoconnell.me

Mobile: +61 (0) 408 248 024

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