Women in Media is a nationwide initiative for women working in all facets of the media – from journalism and media advising to public relations and corporate affairs.
We are a not-for-profit movement which provides mentoring programs and organises events for networking and professional development.
Women in Media thrives as a result of the tremendous work of volunteers who run our state committees, act as mentors, and give their time as guest speakers.
Women In Media equips, inspires and empowers women to increase equality for women working in the media and represented in media.
Women in Media was founded in 2005 when journalist and author Victoria Laurie gathered together a small group of colleagues from various media outlets in Western Australia. Her aim was to create a group devoted to supporting each other and carving out opportunities to network. Women in Media WA was born.
The pioneers flourished, organising events to provide professional development opportunities for women working in the media and those aspiring to join the profession. They also established a mentoring network, which proved successful. WA was the catalyst for a movement which, by 2019, had spread across the country.
Women in Media’s current co-chair Kathy McLeish suggested Caroline Jones AO as patron ahead of the organisation’s expansion to the east coast. Caroline and Victoria are now co-patrons.
Under Tracey Spicer AM leadership as national convenor from 2013 to 2017, WiM expanded to NSW, Queensland, Canberra, Victoria, and South Australia.
Since 2017, Women in Media co-chairs Kathy McLeish and Cath Webber have cemented WiM’s status as a national organisation with new branches established in the Northern Territory, Tasmania, and North Queensland.
Today, Women in Media is a thriving, voluntary organisation devoted to the mentoring and professional development of women in all branches of media.
Women in Media started as an initiative of the MEAA but a new federal law necessitated an amicable separation from the union. WiM is now a not-for-profit company with an all-female board and a foundation partner, Bond University.
Each state and territory branch organises events to discuss issues vitally important to our community and offer opportunities to network.
Since its infancy, mentoring has been a cornerstone of Women in Media. Today, WiM has joined forces with Brancher to create a groundbreaking program offered in all states and territories.
While Women in Media has expanded from a single branch to a national organisation, the ethos has remained the same – to equip, inspire, and empower women.
WHO IS WHO?
Caroline Jones, AO, and Victoria Laurie.
Catherine Webber and Kathy McLeish (co-chairs), Anita Jacoby, Victoria Laurie, Danielle Cronin, Sophie Scott, and Patrice Scott. A special thank you to Marina Go for taking on an advisory role.
WA: Victoria Laurie
NSW: Joanne Sanders and Skye Rugless
Queensland: Cathie Schnitzerling
Far North Queensland: Alicia Nally
ACT: Emma Macdonald
South Australia: Samela Harris
Victoria: Jane Canaway
Tasmania: Susan Bell