Women in Media

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Women in Media national patron, the award-winning ABC TV presenter Caroline Jones, with Tracey Spicer, WiM NSW convenor, Fairfax columnist and SKY NEWS Australia anchor. 

This is by no means a divisive campaign; it’s all about women helping other women to achieve their full potential. We have come a long way – but we still have a long way to go — Tracey Spicer, WiM NSW convener and mentor.

Women in Media is a nationwide networking and mentoring initiative to support and nurture women working in all facets of the media – from journalism and media advising to public relations and corporate affairs. WiM exists to increase networking opportunities, improve workforce outcomes and provide valuable mentoring from senior industry leaders for younger and mid-career women.

The latest research shows women outnumber men in the media industry but are typically younger and mid-career women, earn less and have lower status positions than their male colleagues.

WIM is not intended to be a divisive campaign. But it is important for women to have the opportunity to support each other as we work to create equality across our media landscape.

What WiM aims to achieve

Women in Media was established to support and guide women in media by offering a safe environment for them to share their experiences away from the fast-paced, competitive nature of media workplaces and the isolation of the freelancer’s realm.

To this end, WiM has formed a panel of high-achieving female media professionals across platforms to mentor selected mid-career women for six months to help them navigate a path to promotion.

These partnerships will help both parties expand their viewpoints, consider new ways of thinking, improve their skills, and advance their careers. For the mentee, the information, knowledge, and advice from someone who’s “been there, done that” is priceless. Our first line-up of mentors reads like an industry who’s who:

  • Tracey Spicer – Fairfax Media columnist and SKY NEWS Australia anchor
  • Marina Go – GM of Hearst-Bauer Media
  • Kate McClymont – Fairfax Media investigative journalist and five-time Walkley Award-winner
  • Angela Mollard – News Corp columnist and magazine writer
  • Vanessa Liell – n2n communications director
  • Jane Connors – ABC Radio head of industry policy and strategy
  • Tanya Denning – NITV/SBS station manager

With the proud support of the Walkley Foundation for Journalism and MEAA, WiM launched its national network in Sydney in October 2013 to a sell-out crowd of women from across commercial and public networks and publications.

WiM NSW will host at least four networking events in Sydney 2014. Further regional launches are also planned for Queensland and Victoria this year, while the WA network that founded WiM is very well established.

Who is involved with WiM?

WIM in NSW is coordinated by a diverse and influential group of volunteers from across the media industry, including:

  • Caroline Jones – Award-winning ABC journalist and presenter and Women in Media national patron
  • Tracey Spicer – Fairfax Media columnist, Sky News anchor and WiM NSW convener
  • Amanda Wilson – former editor of The Sydney Morning Herald
  • Amanda Meade – freelance journalist and former editor of The Australian media section
  • Jenna Price – UTS journalism lecturer 
  • Kate Aubusson – Cirrus Media medical journalist
  • Flip Prior  – The Walkley Foundation communications and partnerships manager
  • Lauren Katsikitis – MEAA national communications officer

Click here to visit the Women in Media website

Interested in partnering with The Walkley Foundation on WiM? Click here