12 January 2016

2016 Buzzcuts Reviewers – Adelaide Fringe Festival


Buzzcuts is a program that trains young writers and broadcasters in critical arts reviewing taking place at festivals around Australia.


In February and March 2016, Express Media will engage 4 reviewers aged 25 or under to take part in Buzzcuts during the Adelaide Fringe Festival. Prior to the festival, program participants engage in a workshop on arts reviewing, preparing them for an intense month of experience and professional development. Writers then take on the responsibility of attending and reviewing shows as a member of the media and  their work is published on the Buzzcuts website.


  • Attend a skills development workshop for reviewers on Saturday February 6 (time and venue TBC)
  • Attend and review a minimum of eight events during the 2016 Adelaide Fringe Festival
  • Following each show, submit reviews for editing and publication on the Buzzcuts website
  • Complete a project evaluation survey at the completion of the volunteer period
  • Other duties as directed by the Buzzcuts Adelaide Fringe Editor



  • The position is voluntary and may fit well with study in the arts, media, editing or writing
  • The position is from February to March 2016, requiring approximately 8 hours a week
  • Days/hours per week to be negotiated with Buzzcuts Adelaide Fringe Editor
  • The volunteer reports to and is supervised by the Buzzcuts Adelaide Fringe Editor
  • The volunteer must advise the Buzzcuts Adelaide Fringe Editor if they are unable to attend a scheduled show
  • The volunteer is covered by appropriate insurance while working at Express Media



  • Self-motivation – the ability to work independently and as part of a small team
  • Time-management – the ability to set and work to deadlines and manage multiple tasks
  • Communication – outstanding written and oral communication skills
  • Alignment – commitment to demonstrating Express Media’s core values
  • Previous experience in arts reviewing is desirable although not requires



Your application must include:

  • Your contact information including your name, address, date of birth, email and contact phone number
  • A cover letter outlining why you would like to be involved and any experience you have in the relevant area.
  • A 300 word sample review of a film or performance of your choice.


Save all files as one PDF document and send applications to generalmanager@expressmedia.org.au (use subject line APPLICATION: ADELAIDE FRINGE BUZZCUTS REVIEWER).

For further information please call Express Media on (03) 9094 7886 and speak to Pippa Bainbridge, General Manager / CEO.

Applications close 5pm Wednesday January 20, 2016.