What is WIJ
Women in Journalism is a networking, campaigning, training and social organisation for women journalists who work across all the written media, from newspapers and magazines to the new media. WIJ grew out of a demand for women to be more effectively represented at senior level in newspapers and magazines, and has since evolved into a forum for women in journalism at all levels.
WIJ is very effective on a personal level – its bi-monthly seminars, held in a central London location, have been hugely successful. Topics are diverse and designed to appeal to both staff and freelance journalists with subjects such as ‘How to ask for more money’, ‘What features editors want’, ‘Get your own column’ and ‘How to write a bestseller’! Panellists are senior women (and occasionally men) in the industry. The seminars begin and end with a glass of wine and plenty of time for socialising.
Gill Hudson – WiJ committee member and editor, Reader’s Digest says ”The need to network effectively has never been greater. The pace of change is making it hard even for those working in large media organisations to keep up, let alone freelances, who can easily become very isolated. The problem is further compounded by smaller team sizes, so it’s now much harder to build up an extensive network of contacts than for those of us who started out by working with big editorial teams”
Research topics have included an analysis of the way women are portrayed in newspapers, the ratio of men to women in policy-making positions and the way pictures of women are used in newspapers.
The WIJ summer and Christmas parties are now major events in the media calendar and provide more valuable networking opportunities between members and their guests. Events have also been held in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Newcastle and Birmingham.
Our Committee Members:
We have a star-studded selection of editors and journalists for print, digital and broadcast media on our committee. So, we thought we’d show them off to you…
Wij Chair, Editorial Director, Sunday Times and Editor, Sunday Times Magazine – @EleanorMills
Wij Deputy Chair, Deputy Editor, New Statesman – @helenlewis
Political editor, Guardian
Sarah Gordon, Business Editor, FT
Freelance – @FionaBawdon
Head of News, Sunday Times – @beckymbarrow
Guardian – @KiraCochrane
Former Director of Editorial Strategy and Content, Hearst – @LouiseCosmoEd
Freelance – @journalistld
Freelance – @SueEllicott
Freelance – @suejryan
Feature writer, The Sunday Times Magazine – @katieglassST
Daily Telegraph – @bryony_gordon
Mail on Sunday – @katiehind
Freelance – @hillyjanes
Senior Editor, Special News Projects, FT – @suematthias
The Guardian Columnist – @janemartinson
Cristina Nicolotti Squires
Head of Sky News
Daily Mail – @Lucy_Osborne
Freelance – @writehandmedia
If you thought these were impressive, have a look at our range of inspirational speakers here: http://womeninjournalism.co.uk/speakers/