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A Stronger Voice for Women in the Media – event round-up

Women journalists shared their working life experiences at an event as part of the NUJs Stronger Voice for Women in the Media project held at the University of Strathclyde.

The common theme emerging from all speakers was that women shouldn’t be on their own when challenging employment, sexism and equality issues and that they should support each other wherever they worked.

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A Stronger Voice for Women in the Media

A Stronger Voice for Women in the Media

It’s almost 50 years since equality laws were introduced and yet women are still fighting to be heard in the newsroom and in the news.

Women in senior editorial roles are very much in the minority.  Diversity in the newsroom is sadly lacking.  And this reflects in the news agenda, determined by men – often, white middle-aged men (although we shouldn’t use stereotypes).

Women are still judged on appearance and as they get older, they are often unseen and unheard.  The invisible woman is a common complaint, both in terms of recognition of their years of experience and their achievements as a journalist. Continue reading


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Women in Journalism Scotland to be launched

A new organisation called Women in Journalism Scotland is about to launch. WiJ Scotland will be a networking, campaigning, training and social organisation for women journalists who work across all the written, broadcast and new media in Scotland.

WiJ Scotland intends to hold a launch party in central Glasgow at the beginning of November and then organise events throughout the year. 

WiJ Scotland wants to get as many women as possible involved and will use the launch party as an opportunity to hear ideas about what members would like to get from the organisation. How about masterclasses on negotiating pay rises and promotions or the ever-tricky subject of work life balance? Tell WiJ Scotland what sort of speakers might inspire and inform and what sort of social events might attract a crowd.

WiJ Scotland is already lucky enough to have secured sponsorship from EY, a company that is hot on mentoring and supporting women in business to reach their potential. Let’s see if WiJ Scotland can help do the same for Women in Journalism!

More details to follow on the launch party.  In the meantime, feel free to contact Shelley Jofre with any ideas on shelley.jofre@bbc.co.uk