After two years of Covid and cancellations, last week we were finally able to come together to celebrate, support and network. The pandemic faced everyone with working from home, furlough and even redundancy – but the hardest hit were women. Having organisations like Women in Journalism, which can support women journalists and tackle gender discrimination, is vital. Our Spring Party reminded us of just that.
On the night, in the garden of the October Gallery in Queen Square, our chair and editor of The Daily Mirror, Alison Phillips, celebrated the progress we have all made and reminded us why WiJ, 30 years after it was founded, remains important and that there are battles still to fight.
“Within the media and the world, there still remain many issues around sexism and misogyny that are people’s lived experiences every day. Beyond that, there are other issues for women who are Black or from ethnic minority groups, that are even more difficult within our industry, politics and wider society, and the purpose of Women in Journalism is that we are here together to fight those battles. They are never easy to fight but they are always easier when you have someone in your corner, and that’s the point of us. We are in each other’s corners.”
This year WiJ celebrates a landmark anniversary of 30 years. Since our founding, there has been huge change across the media landscape. But there is still a long way to go. Last year we conducted research and found that of the 1,200 UK journalists surveyed 74% still found the culture of media organisations to be “macho and intimidating”.
Through our events, panel discussions, networking drinks, mentorship and research we will continue to change not just the narrative, but the reality, to create a truly inclusive atmosphere.
As our members, you follow in the footsteps of a long line of brave women who have shattered the status quo – from war reporter Martha Gellhorn to Maltese investigative reporter, Veronica Guerin. As part of our anniversary, we are going to mount a photography exhibition showcasing a diverse range of women journalists – past and present. So enter your nominations here.
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