The National Editors and Writers Conference (NEWS)

The National Editors and Writers Conference (NEWS) is an annual event presented by Express Media for students editors, publishers and contributors across Australia. This year, The NEWS Conference will be presented on January 30 entirely online, streaming on Express Media’s YouTube channel.

View the full program here!


Unlike in previous years, The National Editors and Writers Conference (NEWS) – normally a two-day event, in 2021 will be a purely digital, freely accessible one day event, aiming to bring together student media 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 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 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.

EOI’s are required, be sure to express your interest in attending the conference below! Workshops are capped at the first 20 to EOI for them. 

Express your interest here

Our 2021 NEWS Artists are…

Roz Bellamy | @bellarozz

Roz Bellamy is the online editor at Archer Magazine. Their writing has appeared in The Big Issue, Going Down Swinging, the Guardian, Junkee, Kill Your Darlings, Meanjin, SBS, The Huffington Post, the Sydney Morning Herald and in Black Inc.’s ‘Growing Up Queer in Australia’. They are working on a memoir about mental illness, which was longlisted for the 2020 Kill Your Darlings Unpublished Manuscript Award and previously shortlisted for the Scribe Nonfiction Prize. Roz is also a PhD candidate at La Trobe University, researching the impacts of engaging in life writing.

Michael Sun | @mlchaelsun

Michael Sun is a writer, editor, and designer from Sydney who loves beautiful dogs and ugly fonts. He is the previous Voiceworks designer, and has produced design work for Japanese Wallpaper, Liminal Magazine, and Emerging Writers’ Festival. Currently, he’s the Culture Editor at Netflix ANZ and has published film and arts criticism in The Guardian, The Monthly, VICE, ABC Arts, the Age, and more.

Dr Kylie Boltin | @Kylieboltin

Dr Kylie Boltin is a Walkley award winning journalist/producer and recipient of the 2020 NSW Premier’s Literary award for screenwriting. Kylie’s work spans documentary, drama and animation with a speciality in digital innovation and her projects have exhibited widely, including SXSW, Idfa DocLab, Sheffield DocFest and Future of Storytelling (NYC). She is the current commissioning editor of online documentaries at SBS and is part of the NITV commissioning team.

Jon Tjhia | @PaperRadio

Jon Tjhia is a radio maker, musician, artist and writer. His essays and stories have most recently been published by LIMINAL and Avantwhatever. His radio and sound works have been broadcast, shown or performed around the anglosphere and written about by The New YorkerThe Wire and The Age. As the Wheeler Centre’s senior digital editor, Jon co-founded and published the Australian Audio Guide, the digital publication Notes and The Messenger, a podcast. His collaborations include Paper Radio, a sound-rich literary podcast, and Manus Recording Project Collective, who produce and present audio recordings by men held in Australian immigration detention

Fiona Murphy | @fi_murphy_

Fiona Murphy is a Deaf poet and essayist. Her work has been published in Kill Your Darlings, Overland, Griffith Review and the Big Issue, among other publications. In 2019, she was awarded the Overland Fair Australia Essay Prize and the Monash Undergraduate Creative Writing Prize. In 2018, she was shortlisted for the Richell Prize and highly commended by the Wheeler Centre Next Chapter program. Her memoir, The Shape of Sound, is forthcoming from Text Publishing in March 2021.

Naaman Zhou | @Naamanzhou

Naaman Zhou is a reporter for Guardian Australia. He was an editor of Honi Soit, the University of Sydney’s student newspaper, in 2016, and was a reporter for the newspaper in 2014 and 2015. He has also worked for the legal publication Justinian and the Gazette of Law and Journalism, and studied Arts/Law.

Suzy Garcia| @suzygracias

Suzy Garcia is the deputy editor of Kill Your Darlings, and a former assistant editor at Djed Press. As a student of the Associate Degree in Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT University, she interned at Ubud Writers & Readers Festival and Emerging Writers’ Festival. In 2020, she was shortlisted for the ABA Penguin Random House Australia Young Bookseller of the Year Award for her work at Mary Martin Bookshops. Suzy will begin a Master of Creative Writing, Publishing and Editing at the University of Melbourne in 2021.

Patrick Lenton | @patricklenton

Patrick Lenton is a writer, journalist, and author living in Sydney, Australia. He is the Editor of pop-culture and entertainment publication Junkee. He has a book of short stories called ‘A Man Made Entirely of Bats’ and a collection of comedic essays called ‘Uncle Hercules and Other Lies’.

Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen

Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen is a Vietnamese-Australian writer and critic based in Melbourne. Her work has been featured in publications including Meanjin, The Saturday Paper, Kill Your Darlings, SBS Voices, Rookie and frankie. She was an inaugural recipient of The Wheeler Centre’s Next Chapter fellowship in 2018.

Nayuka Gorrie| @NayukaGorrie

Nayuka Gorrie is a Gunai/Kurnai, Gunditjmara, Wiradjuri and Yorta Yorta freelance and comedy television writer. Their writing centres on black, feminist and queer politics. They co-wrote and performed in the third and fourth seasons of Black Comedy and provided additional writing on the second season of Get Krack!n. More recently, Nayuka was a writer for the sbs/Matchbox series, The Heights (season 2) and the NITV children’s series, Thalu. Nayuka’s writing can be found in The Guardian, Saturday Paper, Kill Your Darlings, Archer Magazine, and NITV among others.


Express your interest here


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.”


The 2021 National Editors and Writers Conference (NEWS) is proudly supported by Black Inc.