How would you like your media career to be nurtured by some of the most senior women in the business?

The Women in Journalism committee is made up of some of the most influential female print, broadcast, radio and online journalists and editors of our time.

After a very successful three years , we are re-launching our WIJ Mentoring Programme.

We are going to run TWO mentoring schemes concurrently.

1. If you’re already an established journalist

The first is for women already established in journalism, who are looking for more senior positions. Mentors for this scheme will be carefully selected from our committee.
Mentees will be selected for the first scheme to take part in a year-long programme, kicking off with a lunch to meet their mentors, and including at least four face-to-face meetings across the 12 months.

2. If you are starting out in your career
The second scheme will be for women who are in the earlier stages of journalism, looking for invaluable guidance and experience. Mentors for this scheme will be made up of last year’s mentees, who, thanks to their mentors, are now in an array of senior or happier positions.

Successful mentees will be selected for the second scheme to take part in a year-long programme, kicking off with a lunch to meet their mentors, and including at least four face-to-face meetings across the 12 months.

To apply for either of the above sought-after opportunities working with some of the best women in our field, download the application form below and send the completed document to by 1 December 2018.
For those who are not selected for the Mentoring Programme, we will be running a special speed mentoring evening where you will meet senior industry figures and be able to speak to them throughout the event.  We will be donating the ticket price from this event  to The Girls Network. ”The Girls’ Network is a charity empowering girls aged 14-19 from the least advantaged communities by connecting them with a mentor and a network of professional and inspiring women. We work with over 1,200 girls each year, in seven regions across the UK and are growing rapidly throughout the country. When the girls graduate from the programme they become Ambassadors. This life-long membership includes work experience opportunities, networking and social events. ”
Keep your eyes peeled, we will be sharing information about our speed mentoring event soon. 


Good luck!
Download an application form here – WiJMentoringSchemeApplication2018
Remember to download and save your own copy then send the completed form to by 1 December 2018.

Please ensure you download the form rather than trying to edit it online, otherwise your details will appear when other people open the form to apply.

Why apply for the WIJ Mentoring Scheme?

Find out what our past mentees got out of the mentoring scheme and what they are up to now…

“Gaining a place on the WIJ senior mentoring programme last year has changed my career. I had just become a mum when I applied last November and was a bit nervous about how having a baby would affect my career progression. I also wanted some guidance on how best to move into a different area of journalism.

A year on, and the support I have had from my mentors and WIJ, has been immeasurable. It has given me the confidence to focus on my career aims and has resulted in my being able to pursue new opportunities I wouldn’t otherwise have had.

I would encourage anyone thinking about applying to be specific about what you want a mentor to help you with and be proactive at getting in contact and asking for advice. ”
– Laura Whitcombe, Digital Campaigns Editor, The Sun
“When I applied for the scheme I had recently graduated, was working in an administrative job and had applied unsuccessfully to every trainee journalism place I could find. I had done internships, approached people speculatively and even managed to meet a few successful journalists for a coffee but nothing seemed to come of all my time and effort, and I was wondering how else to break into journalism.
“My mentor told me that the best way to ensure a job in journalism was to get a Gold Standard NCTJ qualification from News Associates. This was something I had previously looked into but because of the hefty price tag I had decided against. However, after a couple of dinners with my mentor and speaking to other people at WiJ events I realised this course was really my only option.
“It was the best decision I’ve ever made. I love the course and really do believe that it will be the key to getting the job I’ve always dreamed of. As well as convincing me how vital the NCTJ is, my mentor also put me in touch with the course director and has been giving me advice throughout. She also set me up a placement at her paper, The Mirror. 
“The WiJ trainee scheme has put me on a completely new track and now I’m heading straight towards my career success.”
– Ellie Mckinnell, NCTJ trainee journalist, News Associates