News Champions Forum

News Champions Forum

  • Are you an Australian student in years 6 to 11?
  • Do you use or make news media?
  • Do you think news media plays an important role in our society?
  • Would you like to join other young people in Canberra to lead a national discussion about how news can better support and engage young Australians?

If you have answered yes to all of these questions, why not apply to take part in the News Champions Forum?

We will select 20 young people from around the country to take part in this event.

If you are chosen, you and one parent / guardian will be flown to Canberra, where you will be provided with 2 nights’ accommodation and meals.

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Get permission from a parent or guardian to enter.
  2. Write a 200 word statement explaining why you would like to take part in this event, and send it to
    Just tell us why news is important to you and why you would make a good News Champion. Include your name, age, the name of your school and its location. Also include your parent / guardian contact details (email address and phone number).
  3. If you are selected, we will be in touch with your parent / guardian to make your travel arrangements.
  4. Come along to the forum and contribute as one of 20 News Media Champions. This event will be video recorded and the footage will be used to promote young people’s engagement with the news.
  5. Following the forum, be willing to be a News Champion between October 2019 and April 2020. This will involve you helping us to promote a national youth news media literacy poll and speaking to other students in your school and/or local community.

Expressions of interest are due August 26.  We will let you know if you have been successful by mid September.

Download an A4 poster (opens in a new window) and a flyer (opens in a new window) to promote this event in your community.

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