Women in Media Conference 2017: book your place today!

Wednesday 08-02-2017 - 15:08

Following the inaugural event last year, Women In Media Conference returns to Manchester this March for two days of workshops and talks showcasing and inspiring the very best women in media.

NUS is delighted to be supporting the Manchester Media Group - the student media wing of the University of Manchester Students' Union – as well as Amnesty International UK for the two day event in March.

The event will bring together hundreds of students involved in the media from across the UK and will showcase the very best of women in media.

Women In Media Conference 2017 aims to inspire the next generation of female journalists. It will involve several practical workshops with leading figures in the media and a couple of keynote speeches.

Confirmed speakers include Harriet Minter (journalist and broadcaster), Steph McGovern (BBC Breakfast), Nazia Parveen (Guardian), Shelley Alexander (BBC Sport), Kate Cocker (radio producer) Grace Victory (blogger) and Lucy Moon (vlogger).

Jennifer Sterne, one of the event's chairs, said: "The idea behind it was born out of a realisation that while more women than ever are entering into careers in the media, the top of the media industry is still domianted by men. Even at a student level there are many sections of the media dominated by men, with only 8 per cent of our sports articles from last term written by women. Unless we start to tackle these issues at a student level they will never be resolved nationally." 

Jennifer added that the event's workshops, panel discussions and keynote speeches aimed to "instill confidence in female student journalists and encourage them to not see their gender as a barrier."

Today’s statistics on women in the media industry:

  • 65 per cent of journalists entering the profession have been women over the past three years
  • There are just two female editors of daily British tabloid or broadsheet newspapers
  • 22.4 per cent of female journalists hold senior management positions
  • £2,400 – the amount which almost half of female journalists each month compared to a third of men
  • 1.8 per cent of sport articles are written by women
  • 4 ½ : 1 – the ratio of male to female nominees at the 2015 British Press Awards
“We know that women and their skills are under-represented at all levels of the media industry, which is why it’s so amazing to see what started as a small group of student journalists become such a ground breaking event.

Hosting high profile inspirational speakers from journalism, TV, radio and blogging, the day allows young women thinking about careers in media to gain key skills and leave feeling empowered about their future.”
Hareem Ghani, NUS Women’s Officer

Women In Media Conference takes place at The People’s History Museum in Manchester from Saturday 4 - Sunday 5 March 2017.

Early bird weekend tickets are available for only £13 and early bird day tickets are just £8 -  these will only be on sale for a limited time before prices go up to a standard price of £15 (weekend) and £10 (day) so book your place today to avoid disappointment!

For more information about the conference, and to register, visit


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