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What is Women in Media?

Women in Media Queensland is a committee of volunteers drawn from across the media sector but we share a common goal – to empower, support, and inspire.

Since our launch in 2014, the committee has been devoted to providing mentoring, networking, and professional development opportunities for women in media.

Taking to heart the “back yourself” mantra, we embarked on an ambitious plan to organise the first national conference last year.

We were humbled by your incredible response and inspired to do it all over again this year. We look forward to seeing you at the Gold Coast in September and hope you can help us spread the word about this upcoming conference.

The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me – Ayn Rand.

Meet the committee:

Convenor Kathy McLeish: Senior Journalist at the ABC

Laura Chalmers: News Editor at The Sunday Mail

Tanya Chilcott: Media and Communications Manager at the Queensland College of Teachers

Danielle Cronin: Editor of the Brisbane Times

Kay McGrath: Seven Network presenter

Sharon Marshall: Media and Communications at Together Queensland

Michelle Rae: MEAA

Di O’Reilly: PR and Marketing Consultant who owns Collaborate Communications

Cathie Schnitzerling: ABC Regional Editor for Queensland

Cath Webber: Strategic Communications Adviser at Bond University

Jillian Whiting: Director of Media Potential

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. Through the influence and backing of MEAA members, Women in Media aims to improve the working lives of women in the industry by:

Industrial Aims
Women in Media campaigns to close the equity and opportunity gap for women in media, namely, superannuation for periods of parental leave, better reporting breakdowns on staff make-up, pay rates and management structure by gender and access to family violence leave.

Advocacy
Women in Media works directly with media companies, educating senior management on the need for greater support for women in the media, the need for sponsorship and mentoring within organisations and creating a best-practice environment to ensure women are able to fully and equitably contribute to their industry – be it news, public relations, communications or creative freelance.

Mentoring
Our national mentoring program draws together senior industry figures to offer women in the early stages of their career support, advice and the benefit of their experience.

Events
Women in Media holds events that focus on women’s issues including panel discussions, keynote addresses, professional development and Q&A sessions that aim to bolster confidence, offer networking opportunities, training and the chance to hear from women in senior positions in the media industry.

Research
Women in Media commissions important research regarding gender and women’s participation in media industries.

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