Resume | Marcus Andrew Westbury

Contact Details

25 Dickson St
Newtown NSW 2042
ph: (02) 95161166
[email protected]

Date of Birth

17th January 1974


Work History

Editor | Screen Network Australia
April 1998 - present (part time)

The Internet gateway to the Australian Film and Television industry. The project is a joint initiative between the Australian Film Commission, The Australian Broadcasting Corporation, The National Film and Sound Archives and The Australian Film Television and Radio School.

Manager | The Australian National Young Writers Festival
September 1997- present (part time)

To be held in September 1998, the festival will bring young writers from all fields of media together for a three-day festival and conference. The festival aims to give young writers an opportunity to meet people from all aspects of the publishing and media industries and a forum to present their works.


National Online/ Multimedia Project Manager | LOUD
August 1996- March 1998

Involved creating Internet projects involving over 3000 young people around Australia including: an online gallery, the noise! online magazine, an online short film festival, and many other initiatives. Projects were developed with a diverse range of partners such as the ABC, The Microsoft Network, Village Roadshow, and countless Australian arts and cultural organisations.

Festival Founder, Manager, and Creative Director | Newcastle Fringe Festival
April - July 1996

An 8 day festival of visual, performing, and electronic arts. Involved converting over 20 empty shops into art galleries, a film festival, over 40 workshops, and showcases for over 300 local performers.

Activities Officer | Newcastle University Students Association

Organising and developing student events and activities including music and bands, student films and art exhibitions, and many more.

Writing and Media Experience

Feature/Freelance Writer | magazine, The Australian, and others
1995 - present

Writing feature articles about issues of technology, media, youth, and the Internet.


LOUD person/presenter | Recovery goes LOUD - ABC-TV
January 1998

Co-presenting ABC-TV's Saturday morning youth program, Recovery.

Editor | OPUS

Editing, writing for, and layout of the University of Newcastle Student Newspaper. Founded the first Australian student newspaper on the Internet and one of Australia's first regular online publications.

Media Spokesperson | LOUD and other topics

Interviewed by or otherwise appeared in/on:
· The Sydney Morning Herald (feature/profile interview, Metro)
· The Australian
· The Adelaide Advertiser
· The Courier Mail (Brisbane)
· The Seven-Thirty Report (ABC-TV)
· Creatures of the Spotlight (JJJ)
· The Morning Show (JJJ)
· The Newcastle Herald
· The West Australian
· ABC Metropolitan Stations (2BL, 3LO, etc)
· The Hobart Mercury
· Student and Regional Newspapers


Other Activities

Co-founder and Co-manager | The Pod Association

The pod is an arts and media collective formed in Newcastle, NSW. The pod works to give young people skills in arts and media - providing free Internet access, media training, and other skills to the city's youth. The pod also coordinates the Australian national network of zines and independent publications.

NSW State Executive | Australian Democrats (1993-4)

Delegate | National Union of Students (1993-1995)

Co-founder | Friends of The Earth, Newcastle (1995)

Cyberjournalist | Melbourne (1995) and Adelaide Fringe Festival (1996)


Other Employment

· Band Manager
· Poster Paster Person
· Pizza Hut telephonist
· Service Station Console Operator
· Booking Agent at various Newcastle pubs


Lectures and Public Presentations

The Australian Arts Industry Marketing Association

Putting cultural content online in Melbourne and Sydney. The session was targeted to an audience of arts and cultural industry professionals.

Museums Australia, Victoria

Virtual Exhibitions - Images and the Internet. An audience of museum curators and managers. Spoke on the need to develop an online audience and the tools and techniques to do so.



BA (Communication Studies) | University of Newcastle (incomplete)
1992 - 1995 (part time)

Subjects studied include Writing, Sound and Radio Production, Video Production, Background to Media Studies, Australian History, Asian History, and Sociology.

Higher School Certificate | Jesmond High School, 1991