Tuesday, May 6th, 2014 #MEAAMedia #womeninmedia
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Walkley Award-winning ABC television journalist and social commentator, Caroline Jones AO, is on her way to Queensland to launch the national Women in Media network in Brisbane and FNQ in May.

Women in Media, growing rapidly across Australia, connects women in the media industry with networking opportunities and discussion as well as valuable mentoring opportunities to advance their careers.

Queensland events will kick off in Brisbane at the ABC on May 29, followed by Townsville on May 30, and then the Rydges Esplanade Resort in Cairns on May 31. Women from across the media industry are encouraged to attend.

The latest research shows women outnumber men in the media industry but are typically younger and mid-career women, earn less and have lower status positions than their male colleagues.

Distinguished Queensland journalist and Seven Network News presenter Kay McGrath said Women in Media Queensland was already generating a lot of buzz.

“Women have been supporting one another in the industry for many years, but it’s time to formalise the arrangement through Women in Media Queensland. Never before have there been so many women working in the media and for so long. There’s a wealth of experience to be shared,” McGrath said.

“Women working in media are standing strong together and supporting each other, and we are deeply committed to the stories that matter to Queensland communities.”

The Women in Media mentoring program will be also launched at the Brisbane event. The initiative pairs senior industry figures with younger and mid-career women in a formal mentoring scheme which aims to help reduce workplace inequity and combat bullying as well as offer support and advice.

The mentoring gives journalists the opportunity to learn from the best in the industry by matching them with leading female reporters and communication specialists across all fields. High profile mentors from across the news industry will be revealed from May 29.

Attendance at WIM Queensland events is open to MEAA members and non-members working in the media industry. Mentoring is available to applicants who are members of MEAA or willing to join.

To book check out the Women in Media Events page

Visit www.womeninmedia.net for information

Women in Media Queensland is an initiative of the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance, supported by the Walkley Foundation and Media Super.