Compassionate Journalism Workshop for Teens

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Are you an aspiring rangatahi writer in Aotearoa?

Do you feel that it is important for youth voice to be heard?

Create Happy Media does. As part of our journey to make the Aotearoa media scene more inclusive and youth-representative, we're running a 2 weekend-long intensive Compassionate Journalism training, designed by our crew and industry professionals. Free for anyone 12-24 to attend, all we ask is that you are engaged and contributing to making it the best possible workshop.

Entry to the workshop does not automatically mean entry to Create Happy Magazine as a writer. At the end of the workshop, the 20 writers who have shown the most potential, been engaged, contributed, and writes the most interesting article pitches during the workshop, are the rangatahi who will join us at the magazine in the Innovation Edition.

Our workshop is being held over Zoom from 10AM-1PM over the 4-5th of March and the 11-12th of March.

Applications close on the 1st of March.


Create Happy Magazine is a teens for teens magazine started by youth participating in a national creative well-being/photography program called Click Happy. After conversations amongst a wide range of teenagers, we discovered that many rangatahi felt unrealistically represented in Aotearoa’s media. Eight under-17-year-olds came together from all over the country in an attempt to fix this through online media.

Nearly one year after Create Happy Magazine was founded, so much has happened. We’ve published 3 (soon to be 4) online editions, attended fabulous events, festivals and conferences, been written about in the Education Gazette, and had our Founder & Chief Editor recognised for her efforts by GirlBoss NZ.

We seek young journalists, fiction writers, proofreaders, and poets. If you’re interested in joining our crew or just want to learn about our vision of Compassionate Journalism and what makes that different from the current journalism styles, sign up.


Compassionate Journalism Workshop for Teens

Updated on 2023-02-28T05:12:37+00:00, by Mandi L.