“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.”

Suzanne Beishon

“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.”

Kate Mansey

“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.”

Alix O’Neill

Our mentors and mentee pairings for 2018 are as follows:

Mentee Mentor Role
Junior Scheme
Alice Grahns Felicity Hannah Personal Finance and Business Journalist
Aminah Khan Kimberley Hackett Assistant Editor at RCNi
Caitlin Webb Sofia Lotto Persio Foreign News at Newsweek
Catherine McMaster Polly Allen Freelance
Ceren Sagir Nicola Harley Daily Telegraph & Sunday Times Journalist
Chloe Farand Ellie Genower Associate Showbiz Editor of Sun Online
Elena Angelides Sophie Haydock Digital Editor at Sunday Times Food
Eli Regan Amy Oliver Feature Writer at The Mail on Sunday
Ellie McKinnell Rosie Hopegood Features Writer
Emilia Rose Suzanna Lazarus Associate Editor at RadioTimes.com
Gemma Cole Joanna Shelley CNN Journalist
Grace Holiday Stefania Palma Asia Editor of The Banker
Hannah Mays Louise Donovan Deputy Digital Editor at ELLE
Hannah Partos Claer Barrett Personal Finance editor of Financial Times
Isobel Thompson Elena Cresci Journalist and Presenter
Jem Collins Sonya Thomas Freelance Writer and Journalist
Jennifer McKiernan Jane Martinson Guardian Columnist
Joanna Whitehead Sally Newall Journalist at The Independent. Editor at The Indy Best
Justine Jasmine CameronChileshe Olivia Coles Daily Mirror Video Journalist
Katherine Forster Suzanne Wrack Freelance Journalist
Kelsey-Marie Dring Alix O’Neill Freelance Journalist
Layla Haidrani Cyan Turan Features Writer & Reads Editor Red Magazine
Megan Carnegie Martina Lees Writer at The Sunday Times
Milly Vincent Eleanor Mills Editorial Director of The Sunday Times, Editor Sunday Times Magazine
Natasha Turner Tamara Micner Freelance Journalist and Playwright
Neli Dimitrova Olivia Blair Digital Features Writer at Hearst UK
Rebekah Evans Kelly Allen Freelance Showbiz Journalist
Rhiannon Long Jenni Murray Presenter of Woman’s Hour on BBC R4
Ruth Maclean Anna Mishcon Head of Production, BBC Current Affairs, News Mobile & Online
Salma Haidrani Victoria Newton Editor of The Sun on Sunday
Sophia Smith Galer Sarah Corker Senior Reporter for BBC World News
Tilly Rubens Sophie Barns Deputy News Editor at Inside Housing
Webdaeli Chibelushi Charlie BrinkhurstCuff Deputy Editor at Galdem
Zahra Dalilah Anushka Asthana Joint Political Editor at The Guardian

Established Scheme
Alessia Horwich Donna Ferguson Freelance Journalist
Alex Milner Kate Mansey Deputy Features Editor of The Mail on Sunday.
Annalisa Quinn Francesca Angelini Sunday Times Journalist
Chrissie Giles Sarah Baxter Deputy Editor, The Sunday Times
Claire Ellicott Caroline Wheeler Deputy Political Editor of The Sunday Times
Daisy Wyatt Sinead Mcnityre Editor of Fabulous magazine
Emily Ashwell Margarette Driscoll Freelance Journalist
Emma De Vita Rosamund Urwin Evening Standard Journalist
Helen Coffey Sue Matthias Senior Editor, Special News Projects, Financial Times
Jane Dalton Julia Gregory Freelance Journalist
Kate Youde Rosie Millard Former Arts Correspondent of the BBC
Kim Easton-Smith Louise Court Editorial Director at Hearst Magazines UK
Leah Milner Sam Carlisle Director of Cause Communications
Lilian Anekwe Alison Philips Deputy editor-in-chief of the Mirror titles
Louise Ridley Lorraine Candy Luxury Content Director for The Sunday Times and Editor in Chief of Style
Madlen Davies Lucy Osborne BBC Panorama Journalist
Magda Ibrahim Sue Ryan Daily Mail Graduate Scheme
Nicola Merrifield Adele Waters Editor of Vet titles at BMJ
Rachel Rickard Straus Cristina Nicolotti Squires Director of Content at Sky News
Raluca Besliu Alison Kervin Sports Editor of the Mail on Sunday newspaper
Rebecca Lewis Katie Hind Mail on Sunday Showbiz Editor
Ruth Jackson Audrey Ward Features Editor & Writer at The Sunday Times Magazine
Sally Hayden Christina Lamb Chief Foreign Correspondent at The Sunday Times
Sarah Shearman Laura Whitcombe Knowledge & Product Editor of ThisisMoney.co.uk
Selin Bucak Yasmin AlibhaiBrown i Journalist
Sonia Zhuravlyova Lesley Thomas Editor of Weekend at The Times
Talia Shadwell Becky Barrow News editor of The Sunday Times.
Yuan Ren Maria Ramos Independent Broadcast Journalist