Expressions Media is teaming up with WOMADelaide to give school students a chance to learn how to be a journalist and then put those skills to use at the biggest world music event in the nation.

Headliners at WOMADelaide  is open to young people from Years 5 to 12 with a keen interest in media, music and culture. Participants will undertake an intensive, one-day training course in journalism and then attend the media conference prior to the WOMAD weekend, with a rare opportunity to interview the artists performing at the festival.

There are three stages to Headliners: 

Intensive workshop on March 2nd, 10am to 5pm: A full day of interactive activities, designed to hone skills in interviews, writing, editing and photo-journalism, with a particular focus on music journalism. 

Media conference on Friday March 8th at Adelaide Botanic Park (WOMADelaide): Following successful completion of the intensive, advanced course, our friends at WOMADelaide have invited Expressions Media and all participants to attend their media conference to interview international, national and local artists. This will occur during the day – times to be confirmed closer to the date.

Publishing stories: Participants will write stories based on interviews to be published on The Upside News.  The full line-up and tickets for WOMADelaide 2019 can be found at: www.womadelaide.com.au 

Headliners is run by Libby Parker and Matthew Trainor from Expressions Media, both qualified secondary teachers and working journalists who have provided media coverage of WOMADelaide for the past six years. Libby has written for The Advertiser, BSide Magazine, The Upside News, Inside South Australia, Refraction Media  and  Glam Adelaide, while Matthew has written for The Upside News, Glam Adelaide and BSide Magazine. 


  • Participants must be available to attend both the intensive on Saturday 2nd March and Media Conference on Friday 8th of March 
  • The media conference will occur during the day – participants will need to be absent from school on this day – times to be advised (Expressions Media will supply a letter of explanation for the school), with participants to make their own way to Botanic Park
  • Participants will need to bring their own device for writing and recording interviews (eg laptop and phone) 
  • Intensive training day is fully catered 
  • Enrolment is only confirmed once the fee is paid and enrolment form submitted 

Applications are open now!  To register for Headliners in 2019, fill out this enrolment form: Headliners Enrolment Form 2019 Return to enquiries@expressionsadelaide.com) with the participation fee paid. 

Places are limited and will close February 22nd (unless positions are filled prior). Note that enrolment in Headliners does not include entry to WOMADelaide itself.

Who:  open to students from Years 5-12 with a keen interest in writing, photography and media 

Intensive Course: Sat 2nd March, 10am to 4pm at Carclew House, 11 Jeffcott Street, North Adelaide  

Media Conference: Fri 8th March at Adelaide Botanic Park (times to be advised) 

Full Cost:  $195 (including GST)* 

*Graduates of a previous Next Gen Journo course with Expressions Media will receive a discounted rate of $150 (including GST) – to access this rate, please pay via direct debit. 

Payments can be made either via direct debit or PayPal. Email enquiries@expressionsadelaide.com for a tax invoice.


Bank Transfer: $195 GST inclusive (or $150 for attendees of a previous NGJ course)


BSB: 805 007

Account number: 00253741

Reference: your name Email enquiries@expressionsadelaide.com to confirm payment