Women in Media has set a cracking pace this year to deliver on its mission to help women in media excel, learn, contribute, and connect.
From the sold-out national conference to the ambitious research agenda, it has been a busy year.
We deeply mourned the loss of our beloved inaugural patron Caroline Jones and awarded the sixth scholarship named in her honour.
We offered the groundbreaking Relaunch Project to a second group of women seeking to return to the media sector.
Women in Media’s success is built on the efforts of dedicated volunteers and we are extremely grateful.
Women in Media has:
About 6000 members
More than 67,000 visitors to the website
About 32,000 followers on social media
A horde of volunteers who run the organisation at national, state and territory levels
After a hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Women in Media National Conference was back at Bond University and sold out in record time.
The two-day conference on the Gold Coast attracted 326 delegates from across the country as well as a few special guests from the Pacific and UK.
The delegates heard from extraordinary speakers, participated in workshops to help them excel, and made connections plus it was fun.
With the support of the Queensland Government’s Office of Women, Women in Media organised a Connectors Program to offer women free passes to the conference.
And Women in Media teamed up with our Foundation Partner Bond University to nurture the next generation of journalists who staffed the pop-up newsroom.
CAROLINE JONES AWARD
We mourned the loss of our much-loved inaugural patron Caroline Jones who lived by the mantra that “there’s a special place in heaven for women who help other women”.
Named in her honour, The Caroline Jones Women in Media Young Journalist’s Award seeks to elevate the importance of reportage by female journalists working across our regions.
The sixth recipient is Samantha Jonscher who is the lead reporter for the ABC in Alice Springs.
Caroline Jones award winner announced
MAKING NATIONAL HEADLINES
Women in Media joined forces with the National Press Club in Canberra to host thought-provoking addresses televised across the country.
Seven takeaways from the ‘Robin Hood’ of food
One woman’s ultimate mission
Blood, sweat and glitter
From the servo to Silicon Valley
SPARKING NATIONAL CONVERSATIONS
Women in Media launched a research agenda, kicking off with The Women in Media Industry Insight Report 2022.
It informs the call for gender equality, pathways for career progress, and access to support and resources for women working in all roles and types of media.
The findings sparked national conversations, made headlines and underpinned a new Women in Media initiative.
Five talented Women in Media members will take advantage of free leadership coaching in partnership with Nudge Coaching and Consultancy.
Media industry rated ‘weak’ on gender equality, survey shows
Women in media share their insights on the industry
Insight Report turns a mirror on media industry
In partnership with the Google News Initiative, Women in Media is offering the groundbreaking Relaunch Project for a second year.
It is an exclusive series of workshops, mentoring sessions and online training aimed to develop the skills of talented women in media to empower them to successfully return to the workforce.
In addition to the Relaunch Project, the Google News Initiative has financially supported Women in Media’s Growth Initiative.
The 12-month project has already resulted in the recruitment of our first national manager, with more announcements to come in 2023.
A NATIONAL MOVEMENT
With the easing of restrictions triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, our state and territory committees have hosted live events throughout the year.
The many highlights included the Victorian committee holding the Jill Singer Lecture featuring speaker Annika Smethurst and the Queensland committee awarding its third $5000 Career Boost Scholarship.