The National Editors and Writing Students Conference (NEWS)

The National Editing and Writing Students Conference (NEWS) is an annual event presented by Express Media for student editors, publishers and contributors across Australia. This year, The NEWS Conference will be presented on Thursday 19 and Friday 20 May entirely online, streaming on Express Media’s YouTube channel  and Express Media’s new online event space.

The National Editing and Writing Students Conference (NEWS) will be a purely digital, two-day event aiming to bring together student editors and writers from across Australia. This is one of the only professional development opportunities available to new student editors, and we’re excited to be able to present a busy program of workshops, panels and presentations online. 

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 and writers from around Australia.  

The NEWS Conference is the perfect opportunity to ask all your burning questions and get valuable advice before 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. 

We are so excited to have a series of incredible journalists, writers, media professionals and editors joining us for #EMNEWS22. Including; Adalya Nash Hussein, Jinghua Qian, Maddee Clarke, Leah Jing McIntosh, Elizabeth Flux, Selena Repanis, Beth Atikinson-Quinton, Roz Bellamy, Catherine Noske, Claire Cao, Carly Stone, Joanne Painter and Ian Cormick.

Conference passes are free for Express Media members or are available at $25 per attendee and include an Express Media membership. A conference pass includes access to two public sessions on Thursday 19 May and three private panels on Friday 20 May, as well as the opportunity to network and connect with other writers and editors in Express Media’s new online event space on both the Thursday and Friday. 

Workshops are capped at ten participants and tickets are available for $15 per workshop. Workshops are closed sessions run via Google Hangouts and give participants the opportunity to learn direct skills from leading writers and editors in areas including audio and podcasting, experimental and digital writing and reviews and criticism. 

Download a PDF version of the full program here.

Our 2022 NEWS Keynote Speaker is…

Adalya Nash Hussein | @adalyanh

Adalya Nash Hussein is a writer and editor. Her work has appeared in Meanjin, Overland, Ibis House, Liminal and more. She has been an Emerging Writers’ Festival Melbourne Recital Centre Writer in Residence, a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellow, and shortlisted for the Scribe Nonfiction Prize. She is the outgoing editor of Voiceworks, and has also edited for Liminal and The Lifted Brow.



Participants from previous years have said:

“Inspiring, organised, nurturing, and sweet.”

“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.”