Women and Power – November 2. 2015


Please hold the date  for a discussion with a top-flight panel of leading women at the Fortune Theatre in Covent Garden on November 2nd at 6.30 for 7.30pm. This is a special Women in Journalism event kindly hosted by the Ambassador Theatre Group and we are throwing open the doors and the debate to many other similar networks – please come to what promises to be a fantastic and stimulating evening.

We will be releasing tickets very shortly.

Do women want power, or are we ambivalent? Is centuries of conditioning to please and be liked holding us back? And are all women so conflicted, or just some? One hundred years after winning the vote and forty years after the Equal Pay Act, why are there still so few women making their way to the top? Join us for an evening of stimulating debate about how to really move the dial.

Keynote speaker:  Sylvia Hewlett CEO of the Centre for Talent Innovation, one of Harvard Business Review’s top ten thinkers and an authority on gender issues in the workplace.

Professor Dame Carol Black Principal of Newnham College Cambridge, a doctor and leading authority on health policy.
Rosemary Squire  As Founder and joint CEO of the Ambassador Theatre Group, one of the biggest in the world, Rosemary is one of the most influential women in the profession
Caroline Kean  is a partner in the leading law firm Wiggin LLP. As Head of Litigation, she is one of the top defamation lawyers in the UK.
Emma Barnett is Women’s Editor of the Daily Telegraph and heads up its Wonder Women online site. She is also a BBC Radio5Live presenter
Cristina Nicolotti Squires has worked her way up through ITN over 21 years. She has spent most of her career at ITV News, and became editor of Channel 5 News in 2013.

The panel will be chaired by Eleanor Mills, editorial director of the Sunday Times and chair of Women in Journalism




A Panel Discussion   

Women in Money and Business Journalism - a female success story.

In partnership with the The Financial Times and Lansons

Date: Tba

Time: 6.30pm –  9.30pm 

Venue: Kindly hosted by The Financial Times

Address: Conference suite,  The Financial Times, One  Southwark Bridge, London SE1 9HL

Panelists:  ​

Becky Barrow, head of money, Sunday Times (chair) @BeckyBarrow

Hilary Osborne, editor, Guardian money online @HilaryOsborne

Merryn Somerset Webb, editor, Money Week and FT columnist. @MerrynSW

Natalie Holt, editor, Money Marketing @Natalie_Holt_MM

Donna Ferguson, award-winning freelance financial journalist @DonnaLFerguson

Lisa Elliott, board director, Lansons @lisaelliott82  

An event to celebrate the success of women in Money and Business Journalism. Top industry panelists,many of whom are working mothers,  will be answering the question: Why should you choose to work in Money or Business journalism – and what does it take to get to the top?


How to Work With Brands: Women in Journalism & Women in PR  Digital Debate & Networking Drinks, 3 November 2015

The lines between journalism and PR are rapidly becoming blurred as brands bypass traditional media and develop their own content to get their messages across. Join us for a highly topical discussion and networking drinks with Women in Journalism.

Venue: Ketchum, 35-41 Folgate Street, London E1 6BX

Date: Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Time: 6.30pm-8.30pm (Debate: 7.00pm-8.00pm)

The Panel

The panel will be chaired by, Eleanor Mills, Chair of Women in Journalism and Editorial Director of the Sunday Times. Panellists include:

  • Louise Court, Editor in Chief, Cosmopolitan
  • Jackie Hunter, Editor of Wall Street Journal, Custom Studios
  • Helena Raven, Head of Digital, NSPCC
  • Jo-ann Robertson, Partner & Managing Director, Corporate & Public Affairs UK, Ketchum


The cost of the event is just £10 for members of  Women in Journalism  & Women in PR and £20 for non-members (plus EB fee) , including wine and canapés. Book your place via Eventbrite :




Venue: YMCA CITY, 8 Errol Street, London, EC1Y 8SE

Date: Saturday, 10 October 2015

Time: 10.00am -16.00 pm


Cost : £95 per person (includes lunch & refreshments) plus booking fee

Has anyone ever told you ‘you should blog?’ And did you know that:

  • 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

Quotes from journalists who have attended Alexandra’s workshops:

  • ‘I was a complete dinosaur about all this before I went to Alexandra’s workshop –and you can quote me on that! I started my editor’s blog the following day.’ Sue Peart, Editor The Mail on Sunday You Magazine
  • ‘Blogging made easy, thanks to Alexandra’s instructive and informative workshop.’ Maureen Paton, arts and culture journalist
  • The course couldn’t have been more inspiring and illuminating about how to write a blog. I’d recommend it to anyone thinking of blogging,’ Amicia de Moubray, author and journalist

 Alexandra Campbell is a blogger, author and journalist. She’s worked on or written for Good Housekeeping, She, The Times Magazine, the Daily Telegraph and many more. Her gardening blog, The Middle-sized Garden, is no 5 in the UK’s Top 10 Garden Blogs. She has advised and taught a wide range of freelances, small companies and charities to blog, ranging from journalists, photographers and designers to barristers, authors and lifestyle companies. Her novels have been published by Penguin and Little Brown and she also writes books on interiors.

 To book:


WiJ members are invited to LPC events

A busy October for the Press Club with three events, including two next week

Next Tuesday (October 6) join us at Paddington’s Frontline Club for our latest monthly, informal first-Tuesday drinks evening with Gorkana. All welcome from 6.30pm.

Next Wednesday (October 7) we return to Northcliffe House, home of the Evening Standard, Mail, Metro and Independent titles after three previous full-house events for a drinks reception and Q&A with Independent editor Amol Rajan with the Media Society and Gorkana. Last chance to book for this unique event. Press Club members can reserve a free space by emailing by Thursday. Non-members can book a place for £15 via the Media Society.

And on October 13 one of the highlights of the media year sees the London Press Club Ball – a key fundraiser for the Journalists’ Charity – take place at the V&A.

Coming up in November from the London Press Club
November 3: First-Tuesday drinks at the Frontline Club
November 10: Sports journalism panel at Stationers’ Hall

Places can be booked by emailing



Professor Lis Howell’s Inaugural Lecture with introduction by Sophie Raworth​      “I’m not being funny or anything….”

Professor Lis Howell, former award winning TV Journalist and Director of Broadcasting at City University London, inaugural lecture will cover her research into the use of women experts on TV and radio news, and the reaction of women themselves. She will announce the latest figures on the contribution of women to the public service broadcasters’ flagship news programmes, plus the BBC Radio 4 “Today” programme.The lecture will be introduced by Sophie Raworth, presenter of BBC News, and questions will be welcome.Guests are invited to stay for a reception following the event.Professor Lis Howell  is  a major award-winning journalist and broadcasting executive who has worked for BBC, ITV, Channel 4, and Sky News. She was Senior Vice-President at Flextech Television (later Virgin Media) where she founded Living TV, now a key channel on Sky.Prior to that she was Managing Editor of Sky News where she produced their coverage of the first Gulf War from Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. She won a Royal Television Society Award for coverage of the Lockerbie disaster from ITV Border when she was the first female Head of News at ITV.She was a television reporter and presenter at Granada and Tyne Tees and began her career in journalism as a producer and reporter at BBC Radio Leeds. In 1999 she chaired the Guardian International Edinburgh Television Festival. In 2001 she attended the prestigious Harvard Business School Advanced Management Programme.Currently Lis is a member of the Royal Television Society where she regularly chairs the News Programme of the Year Awards. She is also a judge for the Broadcast Magazine television Awards. She is a member of BAFTA and a regular contributor to Broadcast Magazine, openDemocracy and OurBeeb. She has appeared several times on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme and on BBC One’s Newswatch and is a respected commentator on broadcasting. Lis is Director of Broadcasting at City University London.

Sophie Raworth is an alumna and Honorary Graduate of City University London as well as one of the most recognisable faces on British television. A respected journalist, she is the main presenter of BBC News at One. Since January 2013, Dr Raworth has also been a guest presenter on the flagship current affairs programme The Andrew Marr Show and the main relief presenter for BBC News at Sixand a regular relief presenter on the BBC News at Ten.


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