1 Dec 2014, 7pm

Women in Journalism is 21!

Join us to celebrate in style at NEWS UK on December 1st from 7pm. Tickets will go fast so book now through Eventbrite.


6 Nov 2014, 6.30pm

Women in Journalism & Women in PR debate on digital world

The lines between journalism and PR are rapidly becoming blurred, as businesses bypass traditional media to use the digital world to get their messages across. In today’s world of branded content what’s the difference between PR and journalism?

Join us for a highly topical discussion in association with Women in PR as a leading panel of experts, chaired by Eleanor Mills, Editorial Director of the Sunday Times debate:

Panel includes:
* Tiffanie Darke, Creative Content Director, News UK: @tiffaniedarke

* Jackie Brock-Doyle, Director of Communications for the London Olympics 2012 and currently Group CEO of Good Relations PR consultancy

* Wendy Berliner is Head of Editorial for the Guardian Professional Networks

* Kate Joynes-Burgess, Head of Digital at PR Consultancy Weber Shandwick, London

Venue: Weber Shandwick, 2 Waterhouse Square. 140 High Holborn, London, EC1N 2AE

Date: Thursday November 6th 2014

Time: 6.30pm-8.30pm (7-8pm debate)

Cost: £15 per ticket for WIJ members and £20 for non-members, including wine and canapés.

Note: This event will be very popular so please reply a.s.a.p. to secure a ticket.

Book via Eventbrite.


17 Nov, 6pm

Muslim Voices in the Media

There are more than 2.5 million Muslims living in Britain, but community groups often complain that the way they are portrayed in the media is narrow and unrepresentative. How true is that? And what are challenges that Muslim journalists and broadcasters face in the media? Join our panel, which includes New Statesman writer Myriam Francois-Cerrah, freelance journalist and playwright Iman Qureshi, and the Huffington Post’s Mehdi Hasan, Bim Adewunmi, acting women’s editor at the Guardian.

Also invited are Sayeeda Warsi, Sara khan (Inspire) and Matthew Syed

Chaired by Women In Journalism’s chair Eleanor Mills. From 6.00pm at News UK. This is a members only event. You can join WiJ for 1 year and attend

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Hastings & St Leonards Writers’ Hub
Upcoming talk on Monday 3rd Nov, 7-9pm at St Leonards Central.

‘Why do you write?’ Setting goals as a writer and how to achieve them… this month’s talk is by Antonia Chitty.

Antonia Chitty is a writer and author of 20 non fiction books including How to Earn a Living as a Business Writer and Making Money Online (both Hale Books) and Blogging: the Essential Guide. She combines writing for a living with studying for a MA in Critical and Creative Writing at the University of Sussex.

Antonia originally trained as an optometrist and says, “Back then, I never dreamt I could write a book, and didn’t know what I could write about. I don’t ever regret my initial training, though, because it has provided me with a unique niche and one of my income streams comes from writing features about business and optics, while another is from managing social media for an optical organisation.”

Antonia made the move from optics to PR to journalism after working on an eye health campaign with RNIB. She says, “It was then I discovered that I liked writing and research more than seeing patients every half an hour.” She wrote on health for Which? Magazine for a number of years, and worked for the BMA before having her children. She says, “I ran my own PR business for a number of years, alongside having children, which brought me into contact with women running family friendly and flexible businesses. That inspired one of my first books, Family Friendly Working.

I started a blog as a spin off from the book, and has been running for around 7 years, showcasing parents who work flexibly, and sharing information and advice for those who need it.” Antonia has also run networking events and conferences for women in business, as well as an online training business. She is now focusing on developing the more creative side of her writing, as well as researching how experiences become stories. – advice, news and ideas for working parents.

Join here:

Freelance Cafe for Creatives:

Monday mornings 9.30-12pm at Costa Coffee, York Buildings, Wellington Place, Hastings.

5 Nov, all day

Kickstart your foreign reporting career

One World Media’s latest event, ‘Kickstart your foreign reporting career’, will be a series of three sessions running from 11am – 5pm on Wednesday 5th November at RichMix in Shoreditch. Tickets are available from Eventbrite and are priced at £12 for each individual session, or a full day pass for £33. More detailed information on the event can be found here.This event is for university students and new entrants into journalism, photography, documentary and multi-media broadcasting interested in covering stories from the developing world and those working in NGO communications. There will be three sessions aiming to inspire and advise on how to work as a freelancer and get your work commissioned, as follows:-          In conversation with Sky’s leading Special Correspondent, Alex Crawford; In this special conversation with One World Media Vice-Chair Phil Harding, Alex will discuss life as a foreign correspondent. She’ll talk about the essential skills you need for this competitive industry, how to get your foot in the door and how to stay safe in an increasingly dangerous occupation. There will also be time at the end of the session to ask Alex questions and advice.-          The Business of Freelancing; In an increasingly competitive market where entry-level jobs are thin on the ground, how do you get your foot in the door? Become a freelancer! Our panelists will share their wealth of experience in navigating the freelance world and will advise on the pitfalls and challenges, what to avoid and how to stay afloat. Q & As will follow the session.-          Meet the commissioners; So you have a story in mind, but how do you get it commissioned? This panel brings together senior commissioners who are on the look-out for international stories. They’ll help you understand what kind of content they publish, how you can approach them and what they look for in a pitch. Q & As will follow the session.

5 Nov, 12.30pm

The Pen is mightier than the sword

A service to commemorate journalists killed in action over the past year. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will be preaching and Victoria Newton of The Sun will be giving an address and Bridget Kendall of the BBC and Paul Vickers of Trinity Mirror will be reading.

All are welcome but please contact to help us manage numbers. 

Date: Wednesday 5th November 2014 at 12:30pm at St Bride’s Church, Fleet Street, London EC4.

Followed by a reception at the Voltaire Bar, Crowne Plaza City Hotel, New Bridge Street



18 Nov

How to Write a Successful Blog workshops

Alexandra Campbell is running two ‘How to Write a Successful Blog’ workshops in London and one in Kent.

Journalists who have enjoyed the workshops include You Magazine editor Sue Peart ( ‘I was a complete dinosaur about all this until Alexandra’s workshop but I started blogging the following day’), Paula McWaters (‘a very productive evening’), arts and entertainment journalist Maureen Paton (‘blogging made easy, thanks to Alexandra’s excellent workshop’), Amicia de Moubray (‘inspiring and illuminating – I’d recommend this workshop to anyone’), former Telegraph journalist, Kylie O’Brien (‘brilliant workshop’) and many more.

All workshops include one hour of free personal follow-up by phone, email or Skype afterwards. Two hours follow-up is available for just £25 extra.

November 18th event in London – BOOK HERE

If anyone would like to talk to Alexandra about the workshops before booking, call her on 07976 222834

Her writing workshops, consultancy and ‘how to blog’ is on (follow her on @WriteToPromote)

Her novels are on (follow her on @ninabellbooks)

The Middle Sized Garden blog is


WIJ offer: join the House of St Barnabas

See here for More info

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