Women in Journalism
Don’t settle for half the story
By WIJ events team
Founded by Eve Pollard 25 years ago, Women in Journalism is a leading networking, campaigning and training organisation that provides guidance and support for our 600members who are at every stage of their careers, work across all platforms and reflect diverse social and ethnic backgrounds.
Our current chair is Eleanor Mills, editorial director, Sunday Times and editor, the Sunday Times magazine. Eleanor leads a committee of top female talent including former chairs Jane Martinson, Guardian columnist and Sue Matthias of the Financial Times, and award-winning columnist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown.
We are proud of our mentoring scheme, which matches women wanting to step into more senior roles with suitable members, who then become mentors in turn for those working at entry level. WIJ has supported, more than 150 women since launching the scheme in 2015.
In February this year the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla Parker-Bowles, attended a champagne reception at the Ned hotel in the City, where she met the latest participants. The Duchess cited the research published by WIJ in 2017 revealing the lack of women in senior roles on UK newspapers, and that stories by women are less likely to feature on their front pages.
”Thank you for helping us to make sure we record the great women of today so we can inspire the young women of tomorrow. Telling their stories is not just good for women, it’s good for the world,” the Duchess said.
Mentees have said it as a “privilege to be mentored by leading women in the industry” and “a fantastic and unique opportunity.” Alex Milner, the BBC’s Digital Video News Editor, commented: “I am encouraged by the solidarity and expertise which Women in Journalism offers me to meet the challenges in the next step of my career with renewed self-confidence and a new perspective.”
WIJ also supports the brightest ideas through the Georgina Henry Award for Innovation, a £4,000 annual prize sponsored by Wiggin LLC in memory of the Guardian’s late deputy editor, and a former WIJ chair. It supports journalists developing important new projects, including previous winners Laura Bates, founder of Everyday Sexism, and Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff, deputy editor of Gal-Dem magazine, created by women and non-binary people of colour.
Another flagship event for 2018 was our Centenary Celebration of Women in Westminster. WIJ teamed up with Associated British Ports in March to host a reception at the House of Commons – with more champagne – marking 100 years since the first women won the right to vote. In her keynote speech, the then home secretary Amber Rudd said: “I know how important it is to have women MPs but I also know how important it is to have women journalists who champion the rights of women.” It was such a success that we plan another event there next year.
Our regular events programme includes seminars with leading female industry experts – the autumn/winter 2018 autumn slate includes ‘How to ask for more money’ and ‘How to break a big story’.
We are also delighted to be launching a new ‘in conversation’ series, this started with Laura Kuenssberg in November. Future speakers include Katharine Viner and Anne Robinson.
More information about WIJ and tickets for all our events are available at www.womeninjournalism.co.uk