How would you like your media career to be nurtured by some of the most senior women in the business?
The Women in Journalism committee is made up of some of the most influential female print, broadcast, radio and online journalists and editors of our time. After a very successful first year, we are re-launching our WIJ Mentoring Program.
This year, we are going to run TWO mentoring schemes concurrently.
1. The first is for women already established in journalism, who are looking for more senior positions. Mentors for this scheme will be carefully selected from our committee.
Ten mentees will be selected for the first scheme to take part in a year-long program, kicking off with a lunch to meet their mentors, and including at least 4 face to face meetings across the 12 months.
2. The second scheme will be for women who are in the earlier stages of journalism, looking for invaluable guidance and experience. Mentors for this scheme will be made up of last year’s mentees, who, thanks to their mentors, are now in an array of very senior positions.
Ten mentees will be selected for the second scheme to take part in a year-long program, kicking off with a lunch to meet their mentors, and including at least 4 face to face meetings across the 12 months.
One of last year’s mentees, Suzanne Beishon said:
“I would encourage any young journalist looking for career guidance and the opportunity to meet and network with an impressive array of talented of female journalists, from all levels, to apply for any extension of the scheme.”
To apply for this sought after opportunity working with some of the best women in our field, download the application form and send the completed document to firstname.lastname@example.org by 28th November 2016.
PLEASE INDICATE CLEARLY AT THE TOP OF YOUR FORM WHAT SCHEME YOU WOULD LIKE TO APPLY FOR.
Download the application form here: WIJ MENTORING APPLICATION FORM
“The WIJ mentoring scheme has been an invaluable part of my career development. I have gone from working at a very small national daily to working for three of the biggest national newspaper groups in the country in the space of a year.
This is very much thanks to the increased networking opportunities – something that doesn’t come naturally to me – provided by my mentor, the Mirror’s Alison Philips, and the other mentors and mentees in the scheme.
Having taken an unconventional route into journalism the scheme has helped me establish where I fit in the industry and my worth within it. I have also been able to test out a variety of newsrooms, atmospheres, roles and more, all of which has helped me concrete my future career plans.
I would encourage any young journalist looking for career guidance and the opportunity to meet and network with an impressive array of talented of female journalists, from all levels, to apply for any extension of the scheme.”
“The magnificent Eve Pollard was my mentor and I am hugely grateful to her for all her guidance and support, which was much needed during this stage of my career.
I accepted a demanding executive role at another newspaper after being headhunted during my maternity leave. It was a great opportunity but it meant learning to juggle the role of being a young mother with all the responsibility that came with the promotion. This brought new pressures that I could never have anticipated. No one, however, understood this better than Eve.
There have been extremely trying times for me during the past year but Eve is my greatest cheerleader. I feel enormous gratitude to her not just for her moral support but her practical help, too – she introduced me to her friend ‘Theresa’, who within weeks of our meeting was the new Prime Minister
My life is so busy and we didn’t meet up all that much but just knowing she is there if I need to text or call is extremely helpful.
I would highly recommend the Mentor scheme to anyone, no matter what stage they are at in their career.”
“I’ve had a very positive experience of the mentoring process. Sarah Baxter introduced me to several key editors at The Sunday Times, and as a result, I’ve been commissioned by The Sunday Times Magazine and Style, and have been booked for repeated editorial shifts for The Times’ commercial arm, Method.
As well as making great contacts, I’ve learnt a lot being tenacious and confident, and setting clear goals in this process.”