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About Us 2018-03-21T13:39:23+00:00

WHO WE ARE

Women in Journalism is a networking, campaigning, training and social organisation, providing guidance, support and insights for women working in the media . Our committee is made up of some of the most influential female journalists and editors working today, across print, broadcast, radio and online. We work with and for everyone from student journalists and early-career interns through to established staff and freelance journalists.

WHERE WE OPERATE

We are based in the UK’s media hub, London. Many of our committee members are based here, as well as a large proportion of our membership base, and so the city plays host to many of our meetings, seminars and events.

However, we continue to strive to provide opportunities to female journalists right across the UK. We are all too aware that many journalists are not based in the capital.

Glasgow, Edinburgh, Newcastle and Birmingham have all played host to past events, and we plan to expand this list further in the coming years.

“Since 1994, 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.”

Eve Pollard, author, journalist, former national newspaper editor and Honorary President, WIJ

WHAT WE DO

We offer two tailored mentoring schemes each year, alongside annual research projects and monthly seminars and panels on a range of topics, plus networking events and parties.

  • Mentoring
    Women in Journalism runs two mentoring schemes annually. The first pairs ten women in the early stages of their journalism career with the previous year’s mentees. Alongside this, our second scheme pairs established journalists with our highly regarded committee members.
  • Seminars and panels
    Exploring a range of diverse topics, our seminars and panels are held in Central London on a monthly basis. Designed to be relevant to both staff and freelance journalists, past topics have included ‘How to ask for more money’ and ‘‘Work v Family: How to stay in the game’.
  • Research
    Every year we conduct a large-scale research project. Our findings are collated and presented at a dedicated event open to all.

In 2017, we researched the portrayal of women in the media and presented our findings in our research paper “The Tycoon and the Escort: the business of portraying women in newspapers”. You can find out more about this research here (link).

Our research topic for 2018 will be decided in the coming months.

  • Networking events and parties
    Our networking events allow our committee and members to relax and interact in a more informal setting. We hold two events a year especially for our mentors and their mentees, plus other events open to all members. We also host two parties a year; one in the Summer and another at Christmas.