STOP PRESS! WA’s own Women in Media goes national! Our networking group for female media professionals – launched eight years ago – has inspired a national rollout.
Three cheers for WIM, both state and national, and we look forward to strength in numbers and influence as WIM spreads around Australia. Our focus in WA remains the same – you and your media profession.
Women in Media (www.womeninmedia.com.au) has drawn together senior women to offer formal mentoring to female colleagues in a bid to reduce workplace inequity, combat bullying and give support and advice.
The initiative is supported by the Media Entertainment & Arts Alliance, which has also launched a new campaign to close the gender gap in pay, retirement income and career opportunity.
The national initiative will be launched at University of Technology Sydney on October 23, with a keynote address from Jones – the award-winning presenter of ABC Australian Story and inaugural national patron of WiM.
Caroline Jones says she is honoured to be selected for the role, after a 5O-year association with the national broadcaster. An industry pioneer, she was the first woman reporter on This Day Tonight, and the first woman to anchor Four Corners concurrently with broadcasting on Sydney radio.
“When I started out as a young journalist in Canberra in the 1960s, women reporters were very rare on Australian television – I could not see a role model,” Jones says.
“Back then, there were few networking or mentoring opportunities, either. So, when the MEAA approached me to be patron of a new group aimed at nurturing, guiding and supporting women in media, I was very enthusiastic about the idea.
“I’ve had a fortunate career but there were a few things that I missed very much. Especially in my early regional years in Canberra, how I would have appreciated some formal mentoring and opportunities to network with other women; some workshops to learn how to cope with information overload; how to deal with a bully; how to stand my ground when challenged or belittled, how to fend off sexual harassment and to seek help, how to say no; how to attain appropriate professional status and remuneration; how to both have a family and maintain a career.
“These things would have meant the world to me and I understand that women in media have the same needs today.”