WIJ members to learn from the best

Laura Keunssberg

Laura Keunssberg

Journalist Laura Keunssberg, who in July 2015 became the first woman to be appointed as the political editor of BBC News, is to be guest speaker at a Women in Journalism (WIJ) event in London on Monday, 12 November.

The event, to be held at the Geological Society in Piccadilly, is the first in a series of one-to-one interviews with female journalists who are at the top of their game and who may offer invaluable insight to other journalists hoping to emulate their success.

WIJ’s Laura Whitcombe will conduct the interview, questioning Keunssberg (pictured) about her career path, the challenges she faces and how she overcomes them.

Tickets for the event, which starts at 7 pm, are priced at £10 for WIJ members and £20 for non-members.

On 27 September, WIJ is holding a discussion on “How to ask for more money – and get what you are worth.” A WIJ spokesperson said: “Negotiating is a vital skill that will get you the pay you deserve and help close the gender gap. We want to empower our members, and our panel will tell you what mistakes women often make in pay negotiations, how to prepare, how to get what you want – and what you are worth.”

The panel will include authors Lisa Unwin and Deb Khan, journalist Monisha Rajesh and Lucy Foster, content director at Shortlist Media, while the event will be chaired by digital journalist and editor Jem Collins.

Tickets for the event, to be held at the offices of Wiggin LLP, 22 Percy Street, London, W1T 2BU, are £10 for members, £20 for non-members.

WIJ is open to women journalists from national and regional newspapers, online media, magazines and wire services, as well as freelance journalists, photo-journalists, sub-editors and women in management positions within the industry. It has a membership of 600. Enquiries to: wijuk@aol.com