WiJ seminar: How to thrive in a digital world



When: Thursday, 9 October 2014 from 18:30 to 21:00

The explosion in digital media has created a host of new roles, outlets and stories for journalists. Our panelists are all leading figures in this sector as well has having experience of traditional print journalism. Come and share in their expertise, find out the skills required and what it takes to succeed.

Chair Jemima Kiss, Head of Technology at the Guardian @jemimakiss

The panel

Lucia Adams until recently deputy head of digital at The Times and the Sunday Times, now Head of Pictures @lucia_adams

Sally Foote founder of, a consultancy that helps organisations including major media outlets make better digital products and reach audiences faster @sallyfoote

Jennifer Howze, co-founder of BritMums, Britain’s biggest collective of bloggers and social influencers @jhowze

Helen Lewis deputy editor New Statesman, blogger and WIJ deputy chair @helenlewis

Sarah O’Connor Financial Times economics correspondent, current British Press Awards  business and finance journalist of the year for work including an investigation into Amazon’s working practices @sarahoconnor_

Members £10/ Non members £15





WiJ members:are invited to London Press Club Drinks
Next Tuesday (October 7), the London Press Club - which has been bringing the industry together since 1882 - is reviving the tradition of regular drinks, on the back of popular demand. We are delighted that the fitting setting of the Frontline Club (13 Norfolk Place, W2 1QJ) has offered to host us on the first Tuesday of each month.

The revitalised London Press Club has held debates and social events this year at venues ranging from newspaper offices and embassies to the British Library and Stationers’ Hall. Speakers have included Paul Dacre and Doreen Lawrence at the London Press Club Awards, Sun editor David Dinsmore at a forum and Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger at a debate.

In the spirit of the Fleet Street of old, the Press Club is delighted to open up these evenings to include other media organisations and professionals. There is no charge for members and non-members alike.

“We are excited to build on our programme of full-house debates and our annual awards and Press Club Ball with this regular chance to catch up and make new connections at such a fitting setting,” said London Press Club chairman Doug Wills. “With our industry now spread all over London and beyond, and coming under increased scrutiny, I am proud that the Press Club is able to join with affiliated organisations in reviving this great tradition.”

So please join us at the Frontline Club from 6.30pm.

A special thanks to Gorkana who are supporting next Tuesday’s drinks at the beginning of the evening.


Henley Literary Festival: WIJ members save 10%

Established as one of the UK’s leading literary festivals, the likes of Doreen Lawrence, Emma Bridgewater, Bonnie Greer and Princess Michael of Kent head to the picturesque riverside town from September 29th to October 5th. Bestselling novelists Esther Freud, David Nicholls, Jojo Moyes and Lisa Jewell feature alongside journalists Bryony Gordon, Polly Vernon, Penny Junor and Kirsty Wark. Non-fiction events include Nick Davies and Anne Robinson on phone hacking, Laura Bates and Melissa Benn on feminism, Dawn O’Porter and Emma Freud on vintage fashion and Hilly Janes on Dylan Thomas. Plus a full weekend of children’s events.

WIJ members can save 10% by using the code WIJ10 online at or by phone on 01491 575948.


The Dylan Thomas in Fitzrovia Website has gone live at
Join Griff Rhys Jones, Tom Hollander, Owen Teale, Hannah Ellis (Dylan Thomas’s grand-daughter) and others for the launch of the Dylan Thomas in Fitzrovia Festival.
Festival week 20-26th October. Festival weekend 25-26th October

Festival Director Jason Morell will outline the full programme of over 20 high profile events that include:

*All-star gala concert at the South Bank centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall with full orchestra with special guest stars Tom Hollander, Sian Phillips, Jonathan Pryce, Griff Rhys Jones, Owen Teale and many others.

*Stan Tracey’s Under Milk Wood jazz suite, one the most celebrated jazz recordings ever made.
*Exhibition of hitherto unseen images of Dylan Thomas by Nora Summers
*Poetry slams, jive competitions reading, exhibitions, films, archive, music, dance, Welsh Chorales and sheep across Fitzrovia over Festival Weekend

*The only West End performance of Terry Hands acclaimed Under Milk Wood

*A new interactive tour of Dylan’s Haunts and pubs 

Photographic and interview opportunities with Tom Hollander, Griff Rhys Jones and  Owen Teale.  Launch of the Dylan Thomas Breakfast Challenge. Drink a pint and a raw egg and film yourself for Facebook. Drinks and reception courtesy of Ove Arup.RSVP to Jason Morell,

To join the House of St Barnabas: Please cut and paste this link into your browser

London Press Club Ball 2014 – 10th Anniversary. Royal Courts of Justice, The Strand, London


Get your glad rags on and book now for a very special London Press Club Ball just a few weeks away.

The Ball is the chance to celebrate two brilliant landmarks in style – the 10th anniversary of the London Press Club Ball and the 150th anniversary of the Journalists’ Charity for which it raises funds.

It’s the fun networking event you don’t want to miss and the highlight of the national media’s social calendar, held again this year at the Royal Courts of Justice in the Strand.

And it’s all I n a good cause. The London Press Club has run the annual press ball for the past decade and so far raised around £300,000 for the Journalists’ Charity helping those in need – whether in print, on air or online.

The Ball is a glittering event attended by editors, proprietors, senior journalists, top executives, programme-makers, star columnists, and TV and radio broadcasters. It is backed by major newspaper and media groups.

Journalist and broadcaster Kate Silverton is to compere the night’s entertainment with grand inquisitor Nick Ferrari hosting the auction of exciting ‘money can’t buy’ items.  The year 2014 marks a double anniversary for Britain’s media with two brilliant reasons to celebrate in style.

The glittering London Press Club Ball reaches its landmark 10th anniversary as the highlight of the national media’s social and networking calendar, attended by editors, proprietors, senior journalists, executives, programme makers, household-name star columnists, TV and radio broadcasters.

This year the Ball aims to raise more funds than ever for the Journalists’ Charity which cares for writers past and present and their dependants who fall on hard times or need help, as well as running three care homes for retired journalists.  But 2014 also marks the landmark 150th anniversary of the Journalists’ Charity itself, whose founding members included Charles Dickens and whose patron is Her Majesty the Queen.

The lavish black-tie event is to be held in the magnificent splendour of The Royal Courts of Justice on Thursday 9th October with a champagne reception in the Long Gallery and a three-course dinner with wine in the Great Hall, accompanied by exciting entertainment and dancing.  But for one night only each year, the Ball also recreates the magical, crackling buzz that was traditional ‘Fleet Street’ with enough gossip, chat and conversation to fill a month of diary columns.


Book now. Ticket/table prices includes a champagne reception, a fabulous three-course meal with wine plus entertainment and dancing until the early hours. A celebrity auction will help raise funds for  The Journalists’ Charity.


Tickets @ £150 each inclusive of VAT.


Individual tickets @ £195 each plus VAT.

Tables of 10 @ £1,950 plus VAT.

Students visit request

Dear Journalists or editors at a national or magazine,

Would you consider hosting a short visit for us.  The group is small (about 12) bright US students.  If you can accommodate a larger group, I’d like to bring some of my Big Issue trainees as well (people from disadvantaged groups training to be journalists). 

It can be very informal: a quick peak at the newspaper, then a talk with a journalist or editor about the organisation, their work, how they get story ideas and develop them, how they work on multimedia platforms, the challenges and opportunities of the rapidly changing journalism landscape, how they got their job, how to balance work and life, tips for budding journalists, etc. 

The visit (about 1h) should be on a Wednesday between 2 and 5 pm as it is our class time. Ideally on November 26, but we are flexible.

Let me know as soon as possible if you could help us out.  It would be fantastic! My details are:

Thank you very much!

Veronique Mistiaen
Journalist and lecturer
Technopop is a groundbreaking new science, technology, design & innovation pop-up festival for kids at TIQ Stratford City, London, from 8thOctober – 2nd November 2014.
Aimed at children aged between 6 and 19 years old, Technopop is free to attend for schools, colleges and youth groups and has been designed to enthuse kids about the STEM subjects over four themed weeks:
Week 1: Looking Up (World Space Week)
Week 2 – In touch with Technology
Week 3 – Built Environment
Week 4 – Sports Science & The Human Body
The programme includes interactive workshops, exciting competitions, careers advice and inspirational speakers, alongside a fully immersive technology exhibition.
There will be family shows from the Science Museum, a Saturday coding club and workshops galore, including  building your own rocket car with Bloodhound SSC, the Technology Makeshop from leading digital & brand agency, Wolff Olins, and the largest design & build workshop ever from A Class of Your Own, replicating a professional construction design team, with up to 400 youngsters.  Competitions include the VEX Robotics “Build Your Own Robot” challenge and a great “Design Your Own Sparkie” competition from box&rox, the cutting edge new technology for kids that rewards physical activity with screen time using their intergalactic “Sparkie” characters.
Every Thursday will focus on girls and the STEM subjects, with “Inspiring Women” and a stellar panel of female role models from science, medicine, construction, design and business, including Svetlana Savitskayam, the first woman to perform a space walk.  There will also be regular workshops from Sciencegrrl, set up to celebrate and support women in science and a weekend Hackathon from the STEMettes, with web learning and coding activities designed to inspire the next generation of females into STEM fields.
Get your kids inspired by STEM at Technopop!
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