Meet our 2023 journalists
Aidan is a year 11 student based in Melbourne, completing his International Baccalaureate diploma. He is a firm believer in the vital role that journalism plays in government and society and aspires to share his passion and knowledge with his peers and a wider audience. Aiden joined the Youth Press Gallery for the opportunity to apply his skills in reporting on issues he is passionate about.
- Buloke-Loddon’s Limitation of Gambling Advertising Bill
Alexia is a year 11 student based in Melbourne. She joined Youth Press Gallery to improve on her journalism skills and build her capacity in reporting. She also took up the opportunity to get hands on experience of journalism to help guide her decisions of further education courses she might be interested in once she graduates high school.
- Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School’s Textbook Reform in Secondary Schools Bill
- Hume City Council’s Urban Area Heat Temperature Bill
Blake is a passionate photographer who currently writes articles for his local paper and photographs community sporting events, as well as captures drone footage of the beautiful Mallee region. He joined Youth Press Gallery to improve his journalism skills and focus his development into political reporting.
- Westbourne Grammar School’s Cybersecurity in Primary Schools Bill
- Wyndham City Council’s Food Waste Awareness and Reduction Bill
Bonnie has always been interested in political reporting and is now excited that she is able to experience it first-hand! She joined Youth Press Gallery for the opportunity to report on Bills in Parliament House, and will also be creating a video news package on the proceedings of the week.
- Daylesford College’s Lowering the Victorian Voting Age Bill
Cathryn is currently studying journalism at Deakin University and in her spare time volunteers at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. She joined Youth Press Gallery to take up the opportunity to build her journalistic skills, gain new experiences, and connect with passionate young changemakers looking to get their voices heard.
- Orbost Secondary College’s Mandatory Day of Remote Education Bill
- Wellington Shire Council’s Bullying Intervention and Prevention in Schools Bill
Jemma van Zaanen
Jemma is a keen writer and is currently studying journalism at university. She joined Youth Press Gallery for the opportunity to improve a wide range of journalistic skills through hands-on experience, and is most looking forward to the learning experience that reporting on two of the Youth Parliament Bills will give her.
- Newhaven College’s Increasing Policing of Child Pornography Bill
- Korin Gamadji Institute’s Indigenous Youth Job Hubs Bill
Lauri is a recent high school graduate who is passionate about youth voice and empowerment, specifically for marginalized communities. They joined Youth Press Gallery to challenge themself and learn more about who they are as a writer. Lauri is most excited to learn from the other young people involved and watch the debates they’re reporting on.
- Y Geelong’s Disability Inclusion in Victorian Secondary Education Bill
- Mildura Rural City Council’s Increased Environmentally Sustainable Strategies Bill
Lily is passionate about journalism and its capacity to create a positive change in the world. She feels inspired by all of the young people standing up in Youth Parliament to speak on the issues that matter to them, and joined Youth Press Gallery for the opportunity to report on their Bills and debates.
- Overnewton Anglican Community College’s Reduction of Hostile Architecture Bill
- Moyne NextGen!’s Increased Access to Living in Regional Victoria Bill
Olivia is a passionate writer and sees journalism as a medium through which she can share others’ voices and bring a light to larger issues. She joined the Youth Press Gallery to help promote the Bills being debated and is excited to watch as the debates unfold and report on their progress.
- City of Greater Bendigo’s Increasing Public Safety in Regional and Rural Areas Bill
- Whitehorse City Council’s Modernising the Education System Bill
Peifan recently graduated from her Masters of Media and is passionate about using video as a channel to explain and express social issues in accessible ways. She joined the Youth Press Gallery to learn more about journalism and is excited to be reporting on the Bills improving Victorian society.
- Hoppers Crossing Secondary College’s Animal Welfare in Shelters Bill
Saskia de Leeuw Kyle
Saskia is a year 10 student based in Melbourne who has always had a passion for journalism and telling stories. She joined the Youth Press Gallery as an opportunity to develop journalistic skills before heading into a career in political journalism in the future.
- Y Ballarat’s Residential Landlord and Tenancy Regulation Reform Bill
Tien is a year 10 student who is interested in connecting with other passionate young people from across Victoria. She joined the Youth Press Gallery to experience covering youth-related social and political issues, and is most excited to be writing articles on Bills and live tweeting as the debates unfold.
- Boroondara Youth’s Travel Emission Reduction Strategies Bill