A networking, campaigning, training and social organisation
Women in Journalism is a networking, campaigning, training and social organisation for women journalists who work across all the written media, from newspapers and magazines to digital media. To learn more about WIJ click here
Editorial Director, The Sunday Times
I am delighted and honoured to take over as Chair of Women in Journalism. This is an exciting moment not just for media but for feminism, with a new generation picking up the baton and a feeling of excitement, possibility and new battles to fight.
At WIJ we want to be at the forefront of the debate. That’s why we have launched a new campaign about media sexism (check us out on twitter #mediasexism) where we want to highlight both where women are treated unfairly in the media and when they are extolled as role models. We are also launching a series of debates and talks around this topic, the first of which was Does Page Three Make the World a Better Place at the Women of the World Festival featuring Katie Price, India Knight, Laura Bates (from Everyday Sexism) and Martin Daubney (former editor of Loaded).
Last week Claire Perry MP came and addressed a WIJ lunch of the capital’s most influential women journalists about being a woman in the public eye and the challenges female politicians face – but also how a network of female journalists and politicians can change the debate and bring real change.
We are here not just to encourage discussion, however, but also to help you get on in your career. Our recent sessions on How to Blog have been sellouts and we want to help young women find a mentor and get the advice, encouragement and chances they need to flourish in journalism. Don’t ever feel you are on your own, we are always here to help.
Do come along to one of our events or talks and find out for yourself.
“Ever since I launched Women in Journalism in 1994 it has been at the forefront of the industry. Over those 17 years, women journalists from all over the UK, have joined in their hundreds. Every level of entrant, from well established national newspaper editors, to the newest freelance have attended WIJ talks, lectures, debates, discussions and many other events. The organisation has a history of encouraging fairness, whether by teaching women how to ask for more money, to making sure that females in the business have mentors and advisors that they can turn to for the help whilst doing this complex, and occasionally dangerous, job. Updating the website should continue to aid women wherever and however they seek to report and write.”