A WiJ seminar: Mothers in journalism – how to hack  it 

In an honest and open discussion, working mums will share the pleasures and pitfalls of combining parenthood with a career in an ever-changing industry. Our top-flight panel will include single mums and new mums, full time high-flyers, freelances, and a grandmother.  Whether you are contemplating having a baby or looking back on your career and wondering if you made the right decisions, join us for an informative evening – and no doubt some highly entertaining stories.

Generously hosted by Good Housekeeping at their state of the art new Cookery School and Dining Room in central London, the evening includes networking drinks and canapés. GH editorial director (and former WIJ chair) Lindsay Nicholson will chair, and her panel will  include Sunday Times editorial director and current WIJ chair Eleanor Mills, Bryony Gordon, Columnist and Feature Writer at the Daily Telegraph, Sue Ellicott (freelance) and Angela Neustatter, journalist and author of more than ten books including A Home for the Heart – 11 ideas to balance your life.

WHEN: March 24, 2015

WHERE: Good Housekeeping Institute, 21-25 St Anne’s Court, London, W1F 0BJ

TIME: 6.30pm start . Panel 7.15pm -  8.30pm. Followed by drinks . Ends 9.00pm

WiJ members : £10 plus booking fee

Non members : £15 plus booking fee


WiJ members and their friends are invited to attend the Polis Journalism Conference ‘Vote 2015! Journalism and Elections’

When: Friday 27th March at the London School of Economics

Women in Journalism Session : Engaging Journalism: Reaching Youth

Time:  09-30 – 10.30  chaired by Eleanor Mills.  Panel includes Abi Wilkinson (Mirror) Kevin Sutcliffe (Vice) and Anna Doble (BBC Newsbeat).

Where: Wolfson Theatre, London School of Economics and Political Science | Houghton Street| London WC2A 2AE

Other WiJ sessions

Sheikh Zayed Theatre, 12.00-13.00 Significance: What’s the big story of this election (Mary Ann Sieghart, Advisory Board)

Sheikh Zayed Theatre 15.00-16.00 Broadcast vs Buzzfeed: which platform will win the election? (Helen Lewis, Deputy Chair, Women in Journalism)

Feel free to forward details of the conference: It’s free but YOU need to register.


Guild of Health Writers invites WIJ Members’ to attend…

Calling all authors, would be authors and book lovers!

Wednesday 25th March 2015, 6pm

The Medical Society of London, Lettsom House, 11 Chandos Street, London W1G 9EB

Whether you are a published author, a budding novelist or simply have an idea that you think just might make a book, do come and listen to our panel of experts who will give you the low-down on publishers, contracts, agents, fees and the pros and cons of self publishing. Inspiration guaranteed!


Nicola Solomon, Chief Executive of the Society of Authors. Nicola is also a solicitor, specialising in intellectual property and media law. Nicola has an in-depth knowledge of the publishing industry and the many associated legal areas, from copyright and defamation, to privacy, data protection and contract.  She will be talking about publishing in 2015 and the important role that the Society of Authors can play for any author.

Georgina Bentliff is Director of Hammersmith Books which specialises in publishing health books as well as offering consultancy on copyright and licensing to the publishing industry. She has worked in medical and health publishing for more than 25 years, starting out at the British Medical Journal. Since then she has had roles at Longman, WB Saunders and Hodder Headline, where she was latterly Director of Health Science Publishing. Georgina will talk about what publishers are looking for, what sells and how to target the right market.

Dr Carol Cooper is an experienced media medic, an award-winning non-fiction author, and, to our great delight, President of the Guild of Health Writers! As many members know, her expertise covers a wide range of health and medical areas and she is The Sun newspaper’s doctor. Carol’s acclaimed debut novel One Night at the Jacaranda is a contemporary tale about dating, but with a heart-rending medical twist. Unlike her non-fiction titles, her novel was self-published, and Carol will talk about the dos and don’ts of self-publishing.

Peta Bee is a freelance health journalist who has been on contract with The Times for 12 years and also writes for the Sunday Times and Irish Examiner. A member of the GHW, Peta has written seven books and last year co-authored Fast Exercise with Dr Michael Mosley. She has not yet made anywhere near enough money to retire to a Caribbean bolt-hole, so is currently negotiating an 8th book which (fingers crossed) will be published next year. Peta will share her varied personal experiences of book-writing. From how to approach publishers with an idea to agreeing a fee. She will also give tips on packaging your idea and generating your own PR as well as the nitty gritty of getting down to writing 60,000 words in 3-4 months.

The ACLS (the Authors’ Licensing & Collecting Society) will be holding an exclusive writer’s surgery for members to offer advice and explain how they support and protect all writers.

Tickets:         £12.50 Guild/WIJ members, £18.50 for non-members
If you would like to attend, please contact the Guild office by 18th March 2015 –


WIJ members and their friends are invited to City Hall’s International Women’s Day event ‘Women Who Inspire’.

City Hall will be hosting 5 wonderful charities that inspire women to overcome and deal with difficult circumstances. You will also get the opportunity to hear from some of the very women that these charities have supported.

The event will take place on 9 March 2015 at City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, More London, London SE1 2AA and it will be chaired by Emma Barnett, the Women’s Editor of The Telegraph and guest host of BBC Radio 4’s ‘Woman’s Hour’.

To confirm your attendance and let us know if you have any additional requirements, please contact Linda Kiff on 0207 983 4527 or email by 28thFebruary. The event will take place from 2.00-4.30pm on 9 March 2015 at City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, More London, London SE1 2AA.   Guest registration will open at 1.00pm.

Please report to the registration desk at the main reception in City Hall on your arrival.




Refuge opened the world’s first refuge in Chiswick, West London, in 1971. Since then the charity has grown to become the country’s largest single provider of specialist support services to women and children escaping domestic violence and other forms of violence and abuse.  Refuge runs a national network of specialist services, including emergency accommodation in secret locations across the country, community-based outreach services, culturally-specific services for women from South Asian, African and Caribbean, Vietnamese and Eastern European backgrounds, sanctuary provision to keep women safe in their own home and independent domestic violence advocacy for women at the highest risk of serious injury and homicide. Refuge also runs the 24 hour Freephone National Domestic Violence Helpline, in partnership with Women’s Aid. On any given day these services support over 3,000 women and children.


Refuge is a leading specialist provider of services for women and girls in London. Refuge runs the Gaia Centre in Lambeth, a pioneering service which supports victims of all forms of gender-based violence. Refuge also runs services in Hackney, Southwark, Brent, Ealing and Hounslow, and is currently growing a new Violence Against Women and Girls service based on the Gaia Centre model in Lewisham. Refuge has had many local achievements across London; for example, in July 2014, the Refuge-Richmond IDVA team were awarded a police commendation in recognition of its work supporting victims and building partnerships with local safeguarding agencies. Refuge also ran an innovative maternity project in Barking and Dagenham, training and supporting midwives on routine enquiry.





Smart Works


Smart Works provide high quality interview clothes, advice and interview training to out-of-work women that have experienced vulnerability and or are on low incomes. The charity helps dress them, search for jobs, provides CV workshops, interview practice and boosts their confidence to succeed at their job interview and move on with their life. Therefore we are looking for attendees to bring with them interview style clothing and accessories of any size that would be ready to wear straight from head office to an interview.


*As part of the event we will be holding a Smart Works clothes drive. Therefore we are looking for attendees to bring with them interview style clothing and accessories of any size that would be ready to wear straight from head office to an interview.


Katie Piper Foundation


Founded in 2009, The Katie Piper Foundation is the leading burns charity in the UK and aims to deliver a gold standard of rehabilitation and scar management for burn survivors.


The Foundation helps people with burns and scars throughout their recovery and on an on-going basis – by providing advice on scar management and enabling access to free specialist treatments, as well as organising UK wide workshops and social activities which help to establish a peer support network for burn survivors.


Dedicated to improving the delivery of burns rehabilitation and scar management, the Foundation aims to further develop training and education opportunities alongside appropriate research.


Our vision is a world where scars do not limit a person’s function, social inclusion or sense of well-being. More information can be found at




Foundation 4 Life (F4L) is a ground breaking consultancy which specializes in the training, consultation and delivery of Behaviour Modification Workshops/ Programmes for young people who are offending or considered to be at risk of offending/ re-offending.

Central to the F4L is our unique team of professionally trained reformed ex-offenders/gang leaders who deliver many our services.

F4L also delivers specialist training courses for practitioners and individuals working with young offenders.

Our agency team also source, vet, train and mentor ex offenders/gang leaders for placement in client organisations.

Daughters of Eve


Daughters of Eve is a non-profit organisation that works to protect girls and young women who are at risk from female genital mutilation (FGM). By raising awareness about FGM and sign-posting support services we aim to help people who are affected by FGM and ultimately help bring an end to this practice.

Our wider work is to advance and protect the physical, mental, sexual and reproductive health rights of young people from female genital mutilation practicing communities. We recognise that FGM occurs in the context of wider harmful practices and that young people often have many different problems. We take a holistic approach, offering advice and support to help young people in as many ways as we can.



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