Wendy Syfret is a Melbourne based writer and editor, currently serving as the Head of Editorial for VICE Australia and New Zealand. Before taking on this role in 2017, she had served as the Australian Editor of pioneering fashion publication i-D and Associate Editor at VICE.com.
Her broad editorial background has seen her cover news, current events, culture, gender and sexuality, the arts, and human rights.
As the VICE editorial lead, she is focused on the experiences and concerns of young Australians, and how they navigate a changing world. As well as pushing the VICE audience to see their own lives from another angle.
Starting her career as an intern at VICE, she’s spent the past six years working to develop the current editorial identity. She is passionate about championing the rights and voices of Australia’s youth, and creating space and amplification for marginalised and ignored voices in media.
During her time as head of the editorial team, she’s overseen projects that spanned print, digital, video, events and social activism. This content was delivered across websites, social media, and television to reach a combined audience of over 2 million consumers a month.
Alongside content, she also oversaw partnerships with cultural leaders including the National Gallery of Victoria, National Gallery of NSW, National Gallery of Australia, Museum of Old and New, the Wheelers Centre, The Emerging Writers Festival and NITV.
Outside of VICE, she’s engaged in several initiatives to build and engage young Australian writers. Including running writers workshops for VAMF, the Emerging Writers Fest, NGV, MPavillion, Wheelers Centre, Swinburn and Monash Universities. She also founded the fundraising series, Fanfiction Fan Club, that invites writers to share their favourite pieces of fan fiction to raise money for LGBTQI+ youth organisation Minus 18.
Wendy Syfret will speak at the 2018 Women in Media National Conference.