WHO WE ARE

  • The UK’s leading networking, training and campaigning organisation for journalists
  • More than 700 active members, 1,000 on our database and 16,000 Twitter followers
  • Committee members are some of the UK’s most high-profile women in media
  • Busy online and real life events programme with top industry talent at seminars, talks and parties
  • Mentoring scheme for 100+ women every year
  • Venues include House of Commons, City and Westminster universities
  • Annual £4k award for innovative digital projects

Founded by Eve Pollard 25 years ago, Women in Journalism is a not for profit organisation that provides guidance and support for our members. They are from diverse social and ethnic backgrounds, at every stage of their careers, and work across all platforms around the UK and overseas

Our current chair is Eleanor Mills, former editorial director, Sunday Times and editor, the Sunday Times magazine. Committee members include deputy chair Alison Phillips, editor of the Daily Mirror; Laura Collins, editor Yorkshire Evening Post; Jane Martinson, Guardian columnist and journalism professor at City University (former WiJ chair); Sue Matthias, senior projects editor at the Financial Times ( former WiJ chair), and award-winning columnist and broadcaster Yasmin Alibhai-Brown.

“Since 1994, women journalists from all over the UK have joined in their hundreds. Every level of entrant, from well established national newspaper editors, to the newest freelance, have attended WIJ talks, lectures, debates, discussions and many other events.”

Eve Pollard, author, journalist, former national newspaper editor and Honorary President, WIJ

OUR PROGRAMME

SEMINARS AND WORKSHOPS

Our training programme includes online meet ups, and seminars and workshops with leading female industry experts.  Recent events include How to get a job at entry level; What’s happening to regional journalism and How to write the perfect pitch.

During the coronavirus epidemic video meet-ups hosted by expert journalists have supported members working in isolation or facing financial and professional challenges.

IN CONVERSATION

A series of events featuring a high profile female journalist in conversation with senior WIJ counterparts in front of an audience of at least a hundred guests. BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg, Guardian editor-in-chief Katharine Viner, BBC news presenter and reporter Mishal Husain; Channel 4 Presenter Cathy Newman and Roula Khalaf, editor of the Financial Times have taken part at these sell-out events.

WOMEN AT WESTMINSTER

This annual  champagne reception brings together 200 parliamentarians and political journalists from across the spectrum.

PARTIES

Our Christmas and summer parties are legendary, when more than 200 movers and shakers celebrate at some of London’s most glamorous venues including Rosewood London, The Ned and News UK.

MENTORING SCHEME

Our more experienced members are matched with women wanting to step into more senior roles – they become mentors in turn for those working at entry level. WIJ has supported more than 400 women since launching the scheme in 2015.

GEORGINA HENRY AWARD FOR INNOVATION

WIJ supports the brightest new ideas through a £4,000 annual prize sponsored by Wiggin LLC in memory of the Guardian’s late deputy editor, a former WIJ chair. Winners include Megan Lucero,  director of The Bureau Local, the collaborative, investigative journalism network; PressPad, which offers accommodation to students on work experience or with internships in London who would not otherwise be able to stay in the capital; Jem Collins, founder of JournoResources, which provides free tools and resources for journalists at the beginning of their careers, Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff, deputy editor of gal-dem magazine, created by women and non-binary people of colour and Laura Bates, founder of Everyday Sexism. The award is generously sponsored by Wiggin LLP and presented at the glittering Society of Editors Press Awards.

SCREENINGS

Invitations to special screenings of films with a panel discussion. Recent events include Bombshell, about sexual harassment at Fox News, followed by by a discussion with Sylvia Hewlett, talent innovation expert and author of #MeToo in the Corporate World.

OUR SPONSORS

We are extremely grateful to Tesco, AB Ports, Cision, Rosewood London; Lexington Communications and the University of Westminster for their support. In exchange we offer:

  • Acknowledgement and branding at events they sponsor or host and via our database, social media and website.
  • Guest tickets for events they host or sponsor and to our summer and Christmas parties.
  • Introductions to leading media figures in their industry sector.

What sponsors can do for us

We keep our membership rates and ticket prices very low to encourage journalists at every stage of their careers. Everyone is a volunteer except our part-time administrator and our head of mentoring. We need venues on a one-off or ongoing basis to offer hospitality for events that range from parties for more than 200 guests, to expert panel discussions for 50-100 and intensive Saturday workshops for up to 15. We are hugely grateful to our generous hosts and sponsors including Wiggin LLP, Rosewood London, Threadneedles Hotel, Cision and AB Ports, but we need more!

If you would like to discuss how you can help through sponsorship or hospitality and/or events spaces, we would love to hear from you. Please contact our administrator Kate McMillan at WIJUK@aol.com

Find out more at www.womeninjournalism.co.uk
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