Hello all! My name is Jem, and I’m part of the committee here at Women in Journalism.
I’ve been a journalist for about eight years now, after graduating back in 2014, which is longer than I thought it was when I started writing this sentence. I mostly spend my time running my own website, chasing after my rescue cat, and reading an absolute bucket tonne of independent magazines. It’s become a running joke between my partner and I that I’m incapable of leaving the house without at least three stashed in my bag, no matter how short the train journey.
I’ve always loved following the news, as I’m sure every journalist does starting out, but over the past few years I’ve developed a growing affection for independent outlets. Partly, I think, it’s my admiration for what they’ve achieved against all the odds in creating something incredible. And, on a more personal level, it’s the sanctuary they provide against a relentless news cycle. Pieces that allow you to lean in, focus and take a breath. So, when the opportunity came to highlight some amazing women journalists in this newsletter, my reply was immediate.
There are incredible women working in all corners of this industry, and over the next few weeks I’m excited to show you just a few. To start with, and in the spirit of stepping away from the relentless news cycle, I wanted to share gal-dem’s amazing oral history of Bend It Like Beckham. Written by Neelam Tailor, it was one of my highlights last month. Including a rare interview with director Gurinder Chadha, as well as several members of the cast and crew, there are so many amazing snippets within this, once you get over the fact the film is somehow 20 years old. From the struggle to secure funding to being the only film officially distributed in every country worldwide, this is simply an incredible list of anecdotes from the people who made it happen. I don’t want to spoil it, but I did have to read it twice to make sure I hadn’t missed any of the details it was so good. So, settle in for your Tuesday read here, and then inevitably get the Amazon Prime booted up to watch the film again.