WiJ Seminar: How to start – and grow – a successful podcast

When: November 30, 2016
Where: Wiggin llp
Time : Starts 6.30. Panel starts at 7. Networking drinks 8.00. Ends 8.45

The British media is beginning to catch up with the American podcast boom. But how easy is it to break into podcasting? Can the huge success of Serial be repeated over here? What skills (and equipment) are needed? And can you make a living from it?

We are joined by three experts: Fiona Symons, who oversees podcasts at the Financial Times; Caroline Crampton, co-host of the New Statesman’s pop culture podcast SRSLY, and Helen Zaltzman, who hosts The Allusionist, the first British podcast on the Radiotopia network, which has 13 million downloads a month and hosts the popular Criminal and West Wing Weekly podcasts.

Chaired by WIJ deputy chair Helen Lewis.

Members : £10 ( plus eventbrite fee_
Non members £15 ( pluseventbrite fee)



WIJ Workshop: learn to be a brilliant blogger at the fabulous Corinthia Hotel

Alexandra Campbell, blogger at will be running her over-subscribed one-day workshop again in September.

Where: Corinthia Hotel London, Whitehall Place, London, SW1A 2BD, UK

When:Saturday September 24, 2016

Time: 10.00 – 15.30


Here’s what attendess said after the last session

‘Hugely helpful, very well structured and well explained!’ Alice Hart-Davis, freelance beauty journalist
The workshop had proper useful information that could be readily applied.’ Clare Gogerty, freelance journalist.
‘Very informative, made blogging look so much fun,’ Anne Horner, freelance journalist, news & feature writer

Blogging  helps establish you as an expert in your field?

A regular blog attracts hits to your website
A blog can make   money – (but is it worth the work)?
Blogging   is an essential part of an ‘author platform’.
You   can be paid to blog for companies and organisations

If you’ve thought of starting a blog – or you’ve started one, but feel it’s not achieving anything – join our Women In Journalism all day blogging workshop.

In a small, interactive group, we’ll cover

  • How and why blogging works
  • What you need to know before you get a blog
  • How to come up with ideas for blog posts
  • The structure of a blog post – why it’s not just a magazine article online
  • The importance of headlines
  • Easy ways of creating or acquiring blog post images
  • Promoting your blog – don’t let it languish in hyper-space
  • How blogs make money
  • Opportunities for guest-blogging and ghost-blogging for companies


sally bPersonal Journalism: WIJ Sally Brampton tribute

Personal Journalism: WIJ Sally Brampton tribute

When: Tuesday October 11, 2016
Time: 6.30 – 9.30

Where: St Bride Foundation, Bride Lane, Fleet Street, London EC4Y 8EQ
Ticket price (to include drinks): £20

Sally Brampton, who died early this year, won huge respect among the many WIJ members who were her former colleagues and friends. WIJ is holding an event in her memory on the theme of ‘personal journalism’ – how much is the right amount to give away, how do you judge that, say no to too much and also put yourself and your experiences out there to help others – all subjects very close to Sally’s life and career.

The panel will be chaired by former Independent on Sunday editor and WIJ committee member Lisa Markwell, and includes

* Louise Chunn, former editor of Psychologies magazine, and founder of, the therapists directory and self-development, mental health and wellbeing website

* Bryony Gordon, author of Mad Girl and Telegraph columnist

* Rebecca Armstrong, features editor of the ‘i’ paper and columnist

*  Kathryn Flett is a British critic, ex glossy magazine editor and former star of the BBC’s Grumpy Old Women series​. She wrote a​ confessional column for ​theObserver, Girl Overboard’, and a memoir, The Heart-Shaped Bullet’ She was a close friend of Sally’s. @kateflett

The ticket price  (£20) will include networking drinks and a donation to Mind, the mental health charity


Date for your diary

What’s it like to be a top female financial and business broadcast journalist today? How did these journalists get to the top of their field in national and international TV, radio and podcast broadcasting? What helped them along the way? What advice do they have to offer other female journalists who want to become financial, business and City broadcast journalists, and to those who are already working in this field but would like to know how to improve their chances of getting to the top?

On Thursday January 19th, Becky Barrow, editor of Sunday Times Money and Women in Journalism Committee Member, will chair a discussion with an all-star panel on this topic and attempt to get some answers!

The panelists joining us on the night will be:

  • Claer Barrett, editor of FT Money and the FT Money Show podcast presenter
  • Kay Burley, Sky News presenter
  • Helia Ebrahimi, Channel 4 business correspondent
  • Steph McGovern, BBC Breakfast business presenter
  • Sarah Pennells, Share Radio presenter and BBC radio/TV journalist


Ticket details to be published shortly

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