Closing the Gender Gap – event on January 11

In 2017, the CIPR’s State of the Profession research showed that women in PR are on average paid £5,784 a year less than men. What can be done to address the Gender Gap, how has the #MeToo campaign changed perceptions and what are the biggest opportunities and challenges for women in 2018?

This CIPR Scotland panel event is hosted in partnership with Women in Journalism Scotland. The event will be chaired by Jenifer Stirton, Chair of CIPR Scotland.

Joining us for an evening of discussion are Sarah Hall (CIPR UK President in 2018), Eve Livingstone (Co-Secretary of Women in Journalism Scotland & freelance journalist) and Juliet Simpson (Chair of Mind the Gap Scotland part of the Marketing Society & CEO of Stripe Communications).

Guests will be given an opportunity to ask panel members questions about the Gender Gap in Scotland and their hopes for the future. Join us for an evening of lively discussion and informal networking on Thursday 11 January at The Dome in Edinburgh.

It will be a lively and interactive session. To help shape the event, we are asking all participants to email at least one question in advance to after booking this event.

Wine, soft drinks and nibbles will be provided.

Places are limited so book your space quickly via Eventbrite to avoid disappointment.



Don’t just think about going on TV – do it!

WIJ Scotland member Shona Craven wrote for The National about our mission to boost women’s representation in the broadcast media, after attending our training event A Stronger Voice for Women on Air.

If you’re interested in taking part in future training events, become a member for just £20 a year (£10 unwaged).

A Stronger Voice for Women On Air

We all know there are not enough women’s voices on the air – so Women in Journalism Scotland is taking action.

We’ve organised a day of coaching, thanks to BBC and STV, aimed at women journalists working in print, online and digital who’d like broadcast experience.

The day commences with an introduction and lunch, followed by a session on confidence and resilience by EY Partner Tricia Nelson. Tricia will also address the concerns many women may have about broadcasting and about putting themselves forward as experts.

Lynsey Bews, a political journalist from the Press Association, who is often called on as a commentator by broadcasters, will also add her input.

After that session, participants will be split into groups and will get the chance to do 2 out of 3 hour-long sessions: being part of a radio panel discussion in studio; being interviewed live in front of a remote tv camera (both of these sessions at the BBC); being part of a tv panel discussion in studio (at STV).

The afternoon will conclude with a debrief and some networking drinks at the BBC, to which BBC and STV senior producers will be invited to meet participants.

A Stronger Voice for Women On Air is on Friday, June 16 2017 from 12.30pm to 6pm at BBC Scotland, Pacific Quay, Glasgow.

Your £20 fee entitles you to membership of Women in Journalism Scotland and an opportunity to attend further networking, training and campaigning events for women who work in the media. Existing members can attend free.

Register via Eventbrite.

Introducing Women in Journalism Scotland

  • Women in Journalism Scotland represents women in Scotland at every stage of their careers, across print, broadcast online and digital media and communications and PR work. WIJ Scotland is a non-party-affiliated campaigning, networking and training organisation.


Office Bearers

Co-Chairs: Shelley Jofre; Nicole Kleeman (maternity cover for Libby Brooks)

Co-Treasurers: Brenda Paterson; Emily Rodway

Co-Secretaries: Louise Wilson; Eve Livingston

Launch night!

Thursday 3rd November 2016, saw the launch of Women in Journalism Scotland, with nearly a hundred women from media old and new, written and broadcast, congregating in Glasgow for an evening of conversation and inspiration as well as some pretty impressive wine and snacks thanks to sponsor EY.

Like its London-based big sister, WiJ Scotland hopes to be a networking, campaigning, training and social organisation for women journalists who work across all media in Scotland, whatever your age or stage. Full membership costs just £20 a year, and student and non-working membership costs £10. Click here to join.

First off, thanks to everybody who pitched up and made it such a terrific evening. It was great to see so many fabulous women in one room, putting faces to bylines, swapping stories and survival tips, and generally reminding one another that together we’re a force to be reckoned with.

Also huge apologies to those who missed out on tickets: the organisers simply hadn’t banked on it being so darned popular, and please, please email or tweet us at the addresses below for follow-up info on how to get involved. We want to hear from as many women as possible about what members would like to get from WiJ Scotland.

The evening included a panel discussion, hosted by the BBC’s Shelley Jofre, with NUJ Scotland’s Fiona Davidson and EY director Tricia Nelson as well as first minister Nicola Sturgeon. Fiona spoke about the importance of collective action in equal pay disputes. Tricia discussed the importance of networking – a word plenty of women in to room admitted to feeling a bit allergic to.

Questions for the First Minister ranged from her attitude to positive discrimination and whether the gender of the UK Prime Minister made any difference to their interactions, to her social media policy: for those in doubt, she writes all her own tweets and has (just about) managed to stick to her self-imposed rule of not taking to Twitter after a glass of wine.

It was particularly interesting to hear Ms Sturgeon discuss in detail what difference she felt it made to women politicians having women represented so poorly amongst Scottish political reporters – with a few notable exceptions of course, including the Times’ Scottish political editor and now the whole of Press Association’s Holyrood team.

Thanks to Libby Brooks of The Guardian and Nicole Kleeman of Firecrest Films who helped Shelley Jofre get WiJ Scotland to the starting block and, of course, the amazing Kate McMillan who coped admirably with the never-ending demand for tickets and helped the whole thing run smoothly from London. None of it would have happened though without the gentle but persistent nudging of Julia Gregory who first floated the idea with Shelley 4 years ago!

So what’s next? Well, last night’s attendees – and indeed everyone who wants one – will be getting an email with further details about joining WiJ Scotland, how to get involved in the organising committee and asking for your thoughts on what kind of workshops or speakers would inspire you.