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
“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 about how we get a more diverse and representative press. Recently we have hosted debates on Muslim Voices, which was particularly passionate, and we co-hosted with Women in PR a spirited forum on where, in a world of sponsored content, journalism ends and PR begins. We are also running a campaign around media sexism - #mediasexism – to highlight where women are treated unfairly in the media and when they are extolled as role models.
“We are here not just to encourage discussion, however, but also to help you get on in your career. In spring 2015 we are planning an event on how to combine journalism with motherhood (a perennial) and one on female voices in the election. Also very much on our agenda are setting up a new prize in the name of our co-founder Georgina Henry, who died last year (watch this space), and putting into place a WIJ mentoring programme.”
Author, journalist and former national newspaper editor
WIJ Hon. President
“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.”