The Women In Journalism Mentoring Scheme

Our mentoring scheme is kindly sponsored by Tesco.

We need to help each other more than ever through difficult times. 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.

Our mentoring scheme, kindly sponsored by TESCO, matches them with other women journalists in need of personal, one-to-one advice for a sustained period of time. It might be, for example, help with planning a career move, setting goals, a job application or CV – or just a supportive voice to turn to in confidence when egos need a boost.

 It can work both ways – mentors remark how they learn a lot from mentees who have new insights and skills.

After a very successful seven years and 650 happy mentees, we are delighted to be launching our 2023 scheme in November 2022.

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, Mentee

”The WIJ mentoring scheme was such a valuable experience for me. I loved getting to know my mentor and she was a real inspiration. She gave me some good tips for getting started in journalism and was a great sounding board for potential article ideas and different job options.”

Lara Von- Der- Brelie, WiJ intern 2021, Mentee

 ”I always look forward to being part of WiJ’s  mentoring scheme and meeting the new generation of talented journalists. It is a reminder of how our industry is constantly evolving but also how many challenges (sadly) stay the same for women in the workplace.”

Louise Court, Award winning editor, writer & strategist, Mentor

“I’ve always heard people say how much they get out of mentoring and I’ve never really understood what they meant. This year I mentored a fantastic journalist who’d overcome so many obstacles to get where she was and had so much determination, it really made me reflect on what I was doing with my life and ways in which I could improve my own thought process. She’s also very funny which meant I actually always looked forward to speaking to her and seeing how she’d done with the little tasks I set her every six weeks. I’m so proud of how much she’s achieved this year and it’s been a complete pleasure having someone outside my normal circle to speak to and watch develop.”

Amanda Nunn, Deputy Editor, Ch 5 News, Mentor

”I had a really wonderful mentor and it helped me so much, in terms of gaining confidence as a freelancer and also landing dream commissions.”

Rosie Hopegood, New York based freelance, Mentee

”I have loved having the opportunity to speak to a senior editor about everything from managing everyday situations to big-picture career advice . My mentor has been very generous with her time and advice and I’ve found it invaluable to be able to call on someone who knows the industry inside-out and has plenty of wisdom to share. I definitely would recommend applying to anyone who is thinking about it! ”

Victoria Craw, Foreign Editor,, Mentee

”I’m glad to be able to help another woman in journalism. I hope it has helped her clarify what she wants and how to go about getting it.”

Mary Ann Sieghart, Writer and BBC presenter. Chair of Social Market Foundation. Trustee of Scott Trust, Mentor

”I have thoroughly enjoyed mentoring each of  my mentees over the past few years. It is eye opening to see the industry as it is now through the eyes of women at different stages of their careers.  Sometimes we have discussed specific issues they are dealing with in the office, other times we have talked through longer term work objectives. And sometimes we’ve just chatted about nothing more important than our holidays. I think it’s great to be able to pass on advice and life learnings to those who will come after us. And I glow like a proud parent whenever I read that a previous mentee has made some great new achievement.  

It’s a brilliant thing to be involved with.”

Alison Phillips, editor, Daily Mirror and WIJ deputy chair , Mentor

How It Works

We currently run two schemes. Take a closer read below to work out which one is right for you.

Senior Scheme: This is for you if you’ve already been a journalist for at least five years. Most likely you’ll be looking for more senior positions or guidance on how to progress your career at a higher level. You may also be freelance, thinking of going freelance or considering how to diversify. Women who have taken an extended career break are welcome to apply. Mentors will be selected from our committee and their networks. Senior mentees agree to become junior mentors the following year.

Junior Scheme: This is for women who have been in the industry for two to five years. We are sorry but we don’t accept applications from students or if you have been working as a journalist for less than that. Your mentor will be a mentee from the senior scheme, who will now be in a more senior or satisfying role.

Successful applicants will be e-introduced to their mentors in January 2022. The scheme lasts for a year and includes at least four one-to-one meetings, in person if permissible under coronavirus rules, online, by phone or email, or a combination.  You can read more about our mentoring guidelines.

Applications have now closed.

The mentoring scheme is only available to WIJ members – you can become a member HERE

Hilly Janes

Head of Mentoring