The NEWS Conference (National Editors Workshop and Skillshare Conference) is an annual two-day event presented by Express Media for students editors, publishers and contributors across Australia. This year, The NEWS Conference will be presented on January 29 and 30 in Melbourne.
Over two days, Express Media presents a jam-packed line-up of workshops, panels, presentations about everything it takes to put a student publication together. Participants learn the nitty-gritty of publishing and editing from the best in the business, including journalists, writers, media professionals and former editors, and have the chance to network with student editors from around Australia.
It is the only formal professional development opportunity for newly-appointed student media editors, and equips new editors and writers for their year ahead.
The NEWS Conference is the perfect opportunity to ask all your burning questions and get valuable advice so you hit the ground running. After the completion of the conference, student editors are better equipped with the tools they need to succeed in their new roles, and leave the conference feeling confident and ready to tackle the upcoming year of publishing.
Monday January 29
8.30AM – 9.00am
OPENING ADDRESS BY SANTILLA CHINGAIPE
9.00AM – 10.00AM
Join award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker Santilla Chingaipe to kickstart The 2018 NEWS Conference.
WHAT THE HELL IS A STUDENT EDITOR?
10.00AM – 10.30PM
You’ve got your own chair, desk and computer but have been puzzled about where to start ever since you were appointed. Join Express Media to uncover what it means to be an editor, meet your network of peers and publications, and set your goals for 2018.
#BREAKING: REPORTING FOR STUDENT MEDIA FOR BEGINNERS & OLD HATS
10.30PM – 12.00PM
Journalism is the bread and butter of many student publications, but are your skills up to scratch? We’ve got two jam-packed masterclasses led by Broede Carmody and Bhakthi Puvanenthiranto upskill your reporting. So if you’ve never written a lead, or have more by-lines than fingers, there’s a crash-course for finding, writing, and dealing with the important stories for your publication.
12.00PM – 1.00PM
MANAGING TEAMS (HOW TO KEEP FRIENDS AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE)
1.00PM – 2.00PM
On a team with your best mate or complete stranger? Asking your talented friends to contribute? Running a publication can involve managing a lot of people, agendas and aspirations. Learn how to constructively manage and work with a team of editors and writers with Joe Toohey and keep your editorship conflict-free.
GROWING YOUR AUDIENCE AND COMMUNITY
1.00PM – 2.00PM
Seeing the same boring pitches and mediocre writing in your inbox? Feel like you only reach five people on campus? Kevin Hawkins will show you how to extend your impact on campus and take you through the basics of reaching out to new writers and readers.
MEDIA LAW AND ETHICS
2.00PM – 3.00PM
From defamation, to copyright, to the ethics of being a good journalist, Dr Josie Vine gives you a rundown on how to not get sued, fired, or assassinated by student politicians and your readers.
3.00PM – 3.30PM
3.30PM – 4.30PM
Everyone’s got an opinion and a mighty pen to wield, but how do you avoid #feelpinions? Amy Graywill give you the inside scoop on how op-eds and commentary should be presented by covering representation, voice and what to consider during the editing process.
EDITING & ARTS COVERAGE
3.30PM – 4.30PM
Rave review or just raving? Rose Johnstone will guide you through how to commission and edit arts and culture articles and discern the insightful from the inarticulate.
LET’S PICK SOME BRAINS
4.30PM – 5.00PM
While student publications all have something in common, sometimes it’s like comparing apples and terrible metaphors. Learn about other publications – their structures, audiences, teams, and goals – in this rapid-fire session as we flip the tables around and you become the experts.
HI THERE – DINNER AND DRINKS @ 1000 POUND BEND
Grab a bite and beverage to celebrate the end of the first day of The 2018 NEWS Conference.
Tuesday January 30
REGISTRATION: DAY TWO
MANAGING A PUBLICATION
9.00AM – 10.00AM
Join Adolfo Aranjuez to look at the basics of editorial cycles and project management for print and online production. You’ll learn everything from scheduling and deadlines, to following a style-guide, managing a team of editors and writers, and dealing with a printer.
THE NUTS AND BOLTS OF EDITING
10.00 – 11.00AM
If you make a mistake in print, it’s there forever. Join Adolfo Aranjuez as he shares his top tips for how to master the English language for publication, outline the different stages of editing, explain why proofreaders are your saviours, and guide you through best practice for editing new writers.
DIGITAL & PRINT CONTENT STRATEGIES
10.00 – 11.00AM
So you’ve got a website, a print publication, and are #BREAKING stories all over Twitter. But how do you decide what stories to prioritise, what content works best for which outlet, and maintain the focus and workload of your publication? Join Sam Cooney and learn how you can start a basic content strategy and make the best use your time and energy.
GRAPHIC DESIGN FOR PUBLICATION
11.00PM – 12.00PM
Kerning, CMYK, left justified…lost yet? Alan Weedon guides you through the basics of graphic design for print and online publications, and gives you practical advice for working with those mythical creatures: graphic designers.
12.00PM – 1.00PM
GRAPHIC DESIGN IN PRACTICE – FOR BEGINNERS AND OLD HATS
1.00PM – 2.30PM
Need to layout a magazine, edit artwork, input changes, or export a file for the printer? If you’re taking your first steps into design and are mildly terrified, join Connor Tomas O’Brien to learn the basics and get familiar with InDesign. For experienced users of InDesign, or if you’re in charge of your magazine’s design, join Alan Weedon to level-up to the next stage and get your publication ready for distribution.
STRESS & SELF-CARE
2.30PM – 3.30PM
Editing student media may be one of the most rewarding things to do at uni, but it can also be a pretty stressful time. From scurvy and vitamin D deficiencies to insomnia and panic attacks, the tales from former editors can be mildly terrifying. In this important session, Connie Ogan outline strategies and coping techniques to keep your health and enjoyment levels up in the year ahead.
AFTERNOON TEA WITH THE EX-EDITORS
3.30PM – 4.30PM
Do you have a burning question? Something you need to get off your chest? Join the Ex-Editors to chat about any issues not raised in the previous panels, pick the experienced brains, and ask questions of other publications.
With Lucy Ballantyne (ex-Pelican), Claudia Long (ex-Catalyst), Caleb Triscari (ex-Farrago),Connor Tomas O’Brien (ex-On Dit), Elizabeth Flux (ex-On Dit), Kat Gillespie (ex-Pelican), and Fiona Dunne (ex-Vertigo).
LIFE AFTER STUDENT MEDIA
4.30PM – 5.30PM
Whether you’re taking part because it’s fun or because it’s a practice run for heading a media empire, editing student media gives you a lot of practical real-world skills. Sammi Taylor chats to Lucy Ballantyne, and Alan Weedon about how they translated skills into the work they wanted and what they wish they’d known when editing student media.
Adolfo Aranjuez | @adolfo_ae
Adolfo Aranjuez is editor of Metro, Australia’s oldest film and media periodical, and editor-in-chief of sexuality and gender magazine Archer. He is also consulting editor of Liminal, subeditor of Screen Education and, previously, deputy editor of Voiceworks and in-house editor at Melbourne Books. Beyond editing, Adolfo is a freelance writer, speaker and dancer; his nonfiction and poetry have appeared in Right Now, Overland, Meanjin and Peril, among others, and he has worked with and performed for Melbourne Writers Festival, Emerging Writers’ Festival, National Young Writers’ Festival, Midsumma, Next Wave, Melbourne International Film Festival, Signal, Multicultural Arts Victoria, and various schools and councils. Find out more at adolfoaranjuez.com.
Alan Weedon is a publisher and photographer. His work has been published in VICE, i-D, and The Quietus, among others. Currently he’s the Creative Director of Swampland, a new publication devoted to longform Australian music journalism and photography. Follow him on Instagram at @alan_weedon.
Amy Gray | @_AmyGray_
Amy Gray is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, ABC, SBS, Elle, The Lifted Brow and other publications. Her written work focuses on feminism and digital culture, often using memoir as a device.
Bhakthi Puvanenthiran | @bhakthi
Bhakthi Puvanenthiran is Associate Editor of Crikey.com.au. Previously Bhakthi was a journalist and editor at The Age and Sydney Morning Herald covering arts, entertainment and business. She co-hosted the podcast Hard Bargain, is a regular media commentator and and sits on the board of the National Young Writers Festival.
Broede Carmody | @BroedeCarmody
Broede Carmody is an entertainment reporter for The Age and Sydney Morning Herald. He was the co-editor of RMIT’s student magazine, Catalyst in 2014.
Caleb Triscari | @CalebJTriscari
Caleb Triscari is a journalist, producer, and former editor of Farrago, the student publication of the University of Melbourne. Since then, he has been published in Junkee, The Saturday Paper, Daily Review and regularly reports for Panorama on SYN 90.7FM. He is the subeditor at SmartCompanyand a co-director of the National Young Writers’ Festival.
Connie Ogan is a holistic counsellor with a special interest in trauma, grief and bereavement. Connie holds an Advanced Diploma in Transpersonal Counselling, a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts, and a Graduate Certificate in Grief and Bereavement Counselling. She has completed Emergency and Critical Incident Stress Training, and is a member of the Australian Counselling Association, the Australian Association of Holistic and Transpersonal Counsellors and the Loss and Grief Practitioners Association. Connie runs a private practice in Fitzroy and works part-time as a grief and trauma counsellor for Road Trauma Support Services Victoria.
Connor Tomas O’Brien | @mrconnorobrien
Connor Tomas O’Brien is a Melbourne-based writer and designer. He runs Studio Sometimes, a print and web design studio focussed on nonprofits and literary organisations.
Elizabeth Flux | @ElizabethFlux
Elizabeth Flux is a freelance writer and editor whose fiction and nonfiction work is widely published. In 2017 she was the recipient of a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship, was a judge for The Scribe Nonfiction Prize, was the winner of the inaugural Feminartsy Fiction Prize, and her short story ‘One’s Company’ was selected for Best Australian Stories 2017. She is the editor of Writers Bloc and Reading Victoria, and is a past editor of Voiceworks and On Dit.
Joe Toohey | @joe_toohey
Joe is currently the Executive Director at Regional Arts Victoria and a Board Member at the Footscray Community Arts Centre. He has previously worked as the General Manager of Express Media, Board Member at SYN Media, and a number of other project management roles in the arts sector.
Dr Josie Vine has been teaching and researching in the RMIT Journalism Program since 2006. Her particular interests are in Journalismhistory and culture, the development of journalism’s ethical value and belief systems, and legislation and regulation of the journalism industry. She completed her PhD in 2009, and is currently researching the historical and cultural significance of Melbourne’s newsrooms.
Kat Gillespie | @kattgillespie
Kat has worked as a staff writer and editor at VICE Australia for the past two years. She’s also a freelance book critic for The Australian and ex-poetry editor at Voiceworks. A devoted student media nerd, she co-edited the University of Western Australia’s student newspaper Pelican with Lucy Ballantyne in 2015.
Kevin Hawkins | @Hawkins_Kevin
Kevin Hawkins works as an events coordinator for WaterAid, where he runs their annual ‘Water Challenge‘ fundraising campaign. Prior to this, he was the Head of Live Below the Line at Oaktree and one of the editors of Farrago Magazine. Kevin is a Media and Communications graduate from The University of Melbourne, where he was heavily involved in student media, including youth radio station SYN.
Lucy Ballantyne | @lucykballantyne
Lucy Ballantyne is a writer and book publicist from Perth, WA. She currently works at Text Publishing, where she has run successful publicity campaigns across the fiction and non-fiction lists. Her writing has appeared in Kinfolk magazine, and recently in The Kinfolk Entrepreneur.
Rose Johnstone | @RoFloJohnstone
Rose Johnstone’s interest in writing about arts and culture began at the University of Melbourne, where she wrote articles for Union House Theatre while studying a Master of Creative Writing, Publishing and Editing. She moved from working in the book publishing industry into journalism via a sub-editing position at Farrago, then an internship at Time Out Melbourne. After being the Editor of Time Out for three years, she took on the role of Acting Editorial Director of Time Out Australia in January 2018. These days she spends most of her time working on Time Out’s editorial strategy, working alongside the commercial team on branded content, squeezing in as much arts writing as possible and spending her evenings at the theatre.
Sam Cooney | @SamuelCooney
Sam Cooney runs not-for-profit literary organisation TLB, which produces quarterly literary magazine The Lifted Brow, publishes books under its Brow Books imprint, posts commentary and criticism online every week, stages events, awards writing prizes, and more. He is publisher-in-residence at RMIT University, teaches sessionally at several universities, and is a freelance writer and literary critic. He judges literary prizes, sits on a couple of advisory boards, chairs events, and in 2017 took part in the Small Press Network mentorship program as well as the Australia Councils ‘Future Leaders’ professional development program. He’s just returned from a publishing delegation tour of India.
Samantha Taylor | @sammiiitaylor
Samantha Taylor is a journalist and producer from Melbourne, with industry experience in Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia. Sammi is a radio producer with 3AW’s Drive program and a freelance writer with bylines in The Age, VICE, Broadly and The Jakarta Post. Sammi is the former Marketing and Development Coordinator of Express Media and Voiceworks.
Fiona Dunne | @ffgeorgie
Fiona Dunne is producer and arts manager from Western Sydney, focused on the development of young and early-career artists across the spectrum of Australian storytelling. She holds a Bachelor of Communications (Writing and Cultural Studies) from the University of Technology Sydney. Fiona is the current Creative Producer of Express Media, joining the organisation in 2014. Previously, Fiona has worked with literary journals, festivals, and arts organisations focused on the production, publication and support of new Australian work across both literature and theatre, and has previously held roles with Seizure, Playwriting Australia, The Emerging Writers’ Festival, Art + Australia, and Belvoir Street Theatre. In 2016 Fiona was selected for Footscray Community Arts Centre’s Emerging Cultural Leaders program, and was a delegate of the Australia Council’s India Literature Exploratory, supported by the UNESCO Melbourne City of Literature.
Santilla Chingaipe | @schingaipe
Zambian-born Santilla Chingaipe is an award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker. She spent seven years working for SBS World News, which saw her reporting from Kenya, South Sudan, Tanzania and Zambia and interviewing some of Africa’s most prominent leaders. She reports extensively on Australia’s diverse African community and recently presented a one-off documentary for SBS, Date My Race, which aired in February. Santilla is currently directing and producing a documentary on the complexities of Australia’s South Sudanese community.
Registration for The NEWS Conference is $25, and includes membership to Express Media and a copy of Voiceworks. Registrations are now open, so you and your team can book your spot early. Plus, the first 10 participants to register will receive a 1-year subscription to Voiceworks.
Participants from 2016 and 2017 have said:
“I left with more confidence in myself to do this job.”
“I found The NEWS Conference incredibly invigorating in terms of helping me realise what a student press is actually capable of.”
“Student papers are a space for creativity and playfulness, but as editors we shouldn’t undersell our unique position and vantage point to jump in on the fights that matter.”
The 2018 NEWS Conference will be presented from 8.30am – 5.00pm, Monday January 29 and Tuesday January 30 at RMIT University (Building Nine, CBD Campus at 124 La Trobe Street).
Email Express Media’s Creative Producer, Fiona Dunne, on email@example.com if you have any questions.