Women in Journalism 2020 Mentoring Scheme 2020 now open for applications

How would you like some of the most experienced women in the business to nurture your media career?

The Women in Journalism network is made up of some of the most influential and supportive female print, broadcast and online journalists and editors of our time.
After a very successful four years and 300 happy mentees, we are launching our two 2020 mentoring schemes.

How it works

Senior scheme:
If you’re already an established journalist
The senior scheme is for women already established in journalism, who are looking for more senior positions. Mentors will be selected from our committee and their networks.

Junior scheme:

If you are starting out in your career

The junior scheme is for women who are recent entrants into the media industry. Mentors will be last year’s mentees in the senior scheme, who are now in more senior or satisfying roles.

Successful applicants will be introduced to their mentors in the first week of January 2021 and meet them at a special mentoring reception at the Irish Embassy on February 6th. The scheme lasts for a year and includes at least four one-to-one meetings.

How to apply

The scheme is only open to WIJ members – please join by downloading the membership & DD form here.  We are sorry but are not able to accept applications from students.

We aim to mentor at least a hundred women every year but places are in high demand. Please download the  WIJ 2020 Mentoring Scheme Application and send it to wijmentors@gmail.com by 29 November 2020

Please do not fill in the form online.

What previous mentees and mentors say about the scheme


“I am deeply honoured to have the fantastic Eve Pollard, founder of Women in Journalism and former Fleet Street editor,  as a mentor. Long after the official mentor period she continues to advise, inspire and counsel me. Returning to work after maternity leave, I couldn’t have wished for a greater cheerleader at a time in my career when I needed it the most. Thank you, Eve!

Kate Mansey, deputy features editor,  Mail on Sunday


“I have achieved so much in the last 24 months, none of it could have happened without the support of Women in Journalism. I was a recent graduate and my mentor allowed me to really understand the industry and realise how much I didn’t know. I know that even now I could ask her for advice. I still can’t believe I get paid to write stories every day.”

Ellie McKinnell, reporter, mylondon.news


“My Women In Journalism mentor went above and beyond in encouraging me,  from helping with my confidence to nailing that pitch, I went on to be published in a world-renowned women’s news site. I couldn’t have done it without her!”

Annette Kellow, freelance writer


“Nothing keeps me feeling younger more than spending time with young people. As a mentor, I loved hearing what’s on their mind, what they care about and why they are interested in journalism.”

Becky Barrow, news editor, Sunday Times

 “The mentoring scheme is an excellent idea.  Great to be able to give something back and I do feel it does a lot of good. I wish such a scheme existed when I was starting out  in journalism.”

Lucy Daltroff, travel writer and broadcaster

“Admittedly, I was a reluctant mentor – I go away a lot, I struggle for time and wasn’t sure how much I had to share. But I’ve loved mentoring my mentee this year. I learnt so much from her and watching her keen-ness and her career blossom has renewed my own enthusiasm for journalism.”

Katie Glass, award-winning feature writer