Women In Media WA is proud to announce the winner of the inaugural WIM Mentoring Scholarship, an initiative of the WIM WA Committee to support and nurture talented young women in our industry
Congratulations to Jessica Warriner from Community News, who just headed off Jessica Strauss and Gabrielle Campion. The two runners-up will each receive some one-on-one mentoring from one of the conference speakers.
Highly commended were Kate Lever, Danielle Austin and Elsa Silberstein. All six finalists presented entries of very high quality.
The judges said they were surprised and impressed by a “quality field with true promise and real grit in all 22 applicants.”
Summarising the judges’ comments about the winner and two runners-up:
Jessica Warriner: Motivated, sharp and not afraid to talk about her dream, she has an obsession with storytelling. She has acquired international job experience yet is still happy to ply her trade on the local news beat. She has overcome adversity in her personal life, and indicated a desire to learn from networking and learning from speakers at the Women in Media national conference. Obviously a go-getter who focusses on what she is interested in and then does it.
Jessica Strauss: She demonstrates technological ability on different platforms and demonstrates real substance to her journalism training and career so far. She says she has moved between roles in rural reporting and PR in order to “future-proof” her career, showing a level of maturity and understanding of the changing media landscape.
Gabrielle Campion: She loves storytelling, an essential element for success in our industry. She shows open mindedness towards the changing media landscape, tells stories across multiple platforms and isn’t scared to take a leap of faith and express a desire to start her own business.
Thanks again to our friends at Media Super, who chipped in with an additional $500, so that Jess receives $1,500 towards the cost of flights, accommodation and conference fees to join four WiM WA committee members at the first Women in Media national conference on the Gold Coast, 27- 28 Oct 2017. The conference will be an exciting professional development opportunity to hear from and network with some of the best and brightest woman in the Australian media.