junior journo

You could write for ED! Magazine!

About the competition

Show off your creativity and writing skills and become a junior journalist for The West’s ED! Magazine.

We will publish an entire edition written by WA kids in October.

This competition closes on September 13.


Enter our junior journo competition for your chance to win great prizes!

Winning students receive a $100 book voucher from Fremantle Press.

Students might also have their winning entry published in a special edition of The West Australian’s ED! Magazine in October.

How To Enter

Choose Story Options
1. Keep Watch 2. Spot On 3. The Buzz 4. Make It 5. The Word 6. How? What? Who? 7. Mind Games.
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Writing Your Story
Show off your creativity and writing skills and become a junior journalist for the ED! Magazine.
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You can submit multiple entries at once. Once the form is submitted, you will receive an email confirmation.
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Choose from the ED! Magazine story options below and have a go at writing your own!

  • Keep Watch
    • Write a Q&A about a young person achieving at state or national level in sports or the arts.
  • Spot on
    • Survey your friends and let us know what they think.
  • The Buzz
    • What are kids up to these days? What are kids interested in?
  • Make it
    • Write instructions for some cool craft ideas.
  • The Word
    • Review a book that you think everyone should read.
  • How? What? Who?
    • How does it work? or What is? or Who is? Choose a topic and share some interesting facts.
  • Mind Games
    • Create three puzzles, including one crossword.
Provide us with pictures you want to include. A selection of the best entries will be published in ED! Magazine in The West Australian in October.

For Students

Have a look at the student notes & last year’s winners!

For Teachers

The junior journo competition is suitable for Year 3-6 students, and links to the WA Curriculum: English and Media Arts.

We’re looking for a class to write a feature topic spread for ED! Magazine’s junior journo edition, which will be published in October.

Every Tuesday, ED! Magazine features a different topic of interest to young people on the centre two-page spread. Recently, we have included a diverse range of topics including Sudan, Search and rescue, Island animals, Leonardo da Vinci, Sustainability and Sydney. As you can see, the sky is the limit in terms of the types of topics that can be covered.

We will be choosing one class to write the feature spread for this special junior journo edition, and staff from The West Australian will work with them over the course of Term 3 to develop the content.

The feature spread would be approximately 1600 words long, which in a normal-sized class might equate to approximately 50-100 words per child. But as you can imagine, these words need to be tight and the ideas succinct, in order for them to be published. This will require a lot of thought, a lot of research, a lot of development of ideas and a lot of editing and re-editing.

Click here to see past examples of ED! feature topics written by WA classes.

Who can submit ideas?
We are looking for expressions of interest from Year 3-6 classes, ideally with a dynamic and engaged teacher who will be able to follow through during class time to ensure that the highest-quality product is developed.

We may contact teachers during the shortlisting process to find out more about their ideas and their students.


June 21: expressions of interest due

June 24-28: selection process / notification

July 22-September 13: The Media Education team will liaise with you to deliver the feature topic by the end of Term 3, including class visits.

What do you need to do?
To help us to select a school to work with, we are asking teachers to submit an expression of interest.

You will need to include:

  • Your class’s topic idea, and sub-topics which would support the main topic.
  • A brief overview of why this topic would be of interest to the children of WA.
  • A brief overview of your class, including their year level and ability to research and deliver informational content to an external audience.
  • A brief profile of your school.
  • Your contact details.

Please email your expression of interest by Friday June 21 to: info@mediaeducation.com.au

For further information
Please contact Media Education on 9482 3717 or info@mediaeducation.com.au

Competition Rules

  • Entries close Friday September 13
  • Entry is FREE.
  • Entry is open to Year 3-6 students in WA schools.
  • Entries must be the student’s own original work.
  • No joint entries will be accepted.
  • Images included with your entry must be scanned as an image file, .jpg, .jpeg, .png, .gif (PDFs cannot be accepted) and uploaded via this website. No alternate methods of entry will be accepted.
    • Convert your PDF here. https://pdf2jpg.net/
  • Images must be a minimum resolution of 300dpi / 1 MB.
  • Image file names must be in the following format:
    • eg BunburyPS-Yr5-RobertSmith.jpg


Thanks to our partners for supporting this year’s junior journo competition

For more information about Fremantle Press visit www.fremantlepress.com.au

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