Women in Media to launch in Qld!

Walkley Award-winning ABC television journalist and social commentator, Caroline Jones AO, is on her way to Queensland to launch the national Women in Media network in Brisbane and FNQ in May.

Women in Media, growing rapidly across Australia, connects women in the media industry with networking opportunities and discussion as well as valuable mentoring opportunities to advance their careers.

Queensland events will kick off in Brisbane at the ABC on May 29, followed by Townsville on May 30, and then the Rydges Esplanade Resort in Cairns on May 31. Women from across the media industry are encouraged to attend.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.Distinguished Queensland journalist and Seven Network News presenter Kay McGrath said Women in Media Queensland was already generating a lot of buzz.A host of high-profile women lead the Queensland committee including McGrath, ABC TV senior journalist Kathy McLeish, Brisbane Times deputy editor Danielle Cronin, Gold Coast Bulletin editor Cath Webber, Queensland Health senior director media and communications Cathie Schnitzerling,The Courier Mail education reporter Tanya Chilcott, freelance TV journalist Leonie Mellor, The Courier Mail social affairs writer Laura Chalmers, media support and communications advisor Sharon Marshall and MEAA organising director Michelle Rae.

In regional Queensland, ABC reporters Paula Tapiolas, Miriam Hall and Allyson Horn, Townsville Bulletin reporter Emily Macdonald and ABC FNQ journalist in charge Kirsty Nancarrow have also put up their hands to start local committees.

“The group will be connecting and empowering women working in media through networking opportunities and encouraging more discussion between journalists,” McGrath said.

“Women have been supporting one another in the industry for many years, but it’s time to formalise the arrangement through Women in Media Queensland. Never before have there been so many women working in the media and for so long. There’s a wealth of experience to be shared.

“Women working in media are standing strong together and supporting each other, and we are deeply committed to the stories that matter to Queensland communities.”

The Women in Media mentoring program will be also launched at the Brisbane event. The initiative pairs senior industry figures with younger and mid-career women in a formal mentoring scheme which aims to help reduce workplace inequity and combat bullying as well as offer support and advice.

The mentoring gives journalists the opportunity to learn from the best in the industry by matching them with leading female reporters and communication specialists across all fields. High profile mentors from across the news industry will be revealed from May 29.

Women in Media Queensland is an initiative of the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance, supported by the Walkley Foundation and Media Super.

Attendance at WIM Queensland events is open to MEAA members and non-members working in the media industry. Mentoring is available to applicants who are members of MEAA or willing to join.

To book: www.womeninmedia.net/events

FAQs: Women In Media Queensland

Where are the launches?

  • Brisbane (May 29)
  • Townsville (May 30)
  • Cairns (May 31)

Please refer to Eventbrite links regarding ticket prices and purchases. Tickets generally cost $25 for MEAA members, $35 for non MEAA members, however this may vary. *Booking fees apply.

Tickets for university students
Strictly limited tickets are being made available at a reduced cost ($15) for media students in their final year at university. Students are invited to contact their course co-ordinator about ticket availability.

Is this a money-making venture?
Women in Media is a not-for-profit initiative and ticket sales help cover event costs. All funds raised through the initiative go back into the initiative.

I’d like to be a mentor OR I want to be mentored!
Please email hello@womeninmedia.net. Visit www.womeninmedia.net from May 29 for information on the Queensland mentoring program and first-round mentors. Applications for mentoring will open after the launch.

Where can I get more information about Women in Media? Please email hello@womeninmedia.net.