We need your voice!  What can our industry do to improve women’s leadership and voices in the news?

Survey available in English, العربية, Français and Español.

Women in News and WAN-IFRA launch survey on gender equality in news industry. The survey examines how news publishers can promote women’s voices in the industry.

As part of International Women’s Day celebrations, WAN-IFRA has created the “Gender Reality Check” survey for media houses to take during the month of March.  It explores how the management of media houses can increase women’s leadership and voices in the news, and, how we as an industry can collectively promote gender equality.
Global reports show that men occupy 73% of the top media management jobs, whereas women occupy just 27% of the highest positions. Among the ranks of reporters, men hold nearly two-thirds of the jobs.  However, companies are recognising that having women in all levels of the organisation, including management and the boardroom, also makes business sense.
As a representative body to the world’s press, WAN-IFRA is uniquely placed to identify industry-led solutions to promote gender equality in news media. We also know that many of our members are undertaking serious measures to promote gender equality in their newsrooms and boardrooms (See Winning Strategies hand book here). We want to learn more to begin a conversation about how work together as an industry to accelerate this change.
Click here to contribute to the survey available in EnglishArabicFrench and Spanish.
Since 2010, WAN-IFRA has been working to increase women’s leadership and voices in the global news industry through its sector-leading Women in News programme. As part of these efforts, WAN-IFRA is committed to examining its own internal approach to gender equality and in December 2016 the Board passed a resolution committing itself to improving diversity in its own governance bodies. This Gender Reality Check is a first step in activating this commitment.
The survey also supports the ‘Step it Up’ UN Women Gender Equality Media Compact, an initiative to promote women’s leadership within the media industry and reduce gender bias in the news. WAN-IFRA is proud to support UN Women in its goal to achieve a 50/50 representation of women across all industries by 2030, and UNESCO’s “Women Make The News” campaign.
For more information please contact Melanie Walker, Director, Media Development: melanie.walker@wan-ifra.org

Training of the Trainers for WIN Future Leaders Programme


Eight senior journalists from Women in News Africa were selected to take part in a special ‘training of trainers’ workshop in digital story-telling to support the WIN Future Leaders initiative, which matches current Women in News participants and graduates with journalism students for mentoring as well as skills development activities.

Digital Storytelling has changed the way in which newsrooms collect, processes and publishes stories and the use of multimedia is playing a key role in the future of innovative news coverage. It is because of these developments that WIN saw the need to develop in-country skills for the benefit of not only the media houses that have embraced the use of different media platforms, but also for its Future Leaders Initiative.

The workshop, which focused on Digital Storytelling and was held in Nairobi, Kenya in late February, aimed to groom participants to become peer-trainers in their local markets.

Suzgo Khunga from Malawi, sees herself playing an important role in improving her media house’s online presence. She wants to guide young female journalists by showing them the many ways in which a story can be told using digital platforms.

“I will mentor upcoming female journalists who feel that writing for a newspapers is too demanding by showing them that there are many ways in which stories can be told that are exciting by taking full advantage of the available digital platforms”, said Khunga.

The participants of the training were drawn from Botswana, Rwanda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Tanzania and Kenya, and were introduced to various digital storytelling tools. During the four-day intensive training they covered both the theoretical and practical aspects of how they can creatively use video, photography and social media to tell impactful stories. They were also coached on training techniques, so they can in turn conduct training sessions with their peers back home.

Tikhala Chibwana, Director for Women in News in Africa explains that the digital storytelling training course is part of internal capacity building for the WIN Chapters across Africa. “We have challenged these new trainers to champion digital storytelling in their own countries. We will monitor them closely and support them to ensure many more benefit from this exciting programme”, he says.

Each workshop participant will be tasked with leading a series of workshops on the subject of digital storytelling in their local markets to both their peer group, as well as the journalism students who are enrolled in the Future Leaders programme. After the training, the eight women were impatient to implement what they had learnt and to share the knowledge within their newsrooms.

The Future Leaders Initiative is a mentoring programme that brings together young women journalism students with participants of the WIN programme as a way of encouraging young journalists to commit to the profession. The Digital Storytelling programme will help enrich the Future Leaders programme, where they will be introduced to digital storytelling and begin to appreciate the demands of the modern newsroom even before finishing their journalism studies.

The newly crowned trainers are now well equipped with knowledge that will help them advance as well as information about the changes in the news gathering process. Having skilled female journalists who can choose effective, entertaining storytelling techniques from an array of multimedia options is therefore key in contributing to the journalism of the future.

News is “the first rough draft of history”, so women must have a voice in it: Q&A with Rand Dalgamouni

Organized by WAN-IFRA’s Women in News (WIN) programme, the second National Gathering for Jordanian WINners took place on Sunday, February 19, 2017 in Amman.

Earlier, we spoke to Rand Dalgamouni from The Jordan Times, and one of the participants of  the WIN Programme in the MENA region about her experience being part of  the programme.

-How are you enjoying being a WINner?

Joining the Women in the News programme has helped me progress in my career and opened my eyes to new potentials in the media sector. I’ve also been very fortunate to meet fellow journalists in my country and around the region who have inspired me. 

-What are you doing differently now after going through the training?
I now pay more attention to the actions I take as a manager. I try to utilise the skills I gained through the training when undertaking any administrative tasks.
-Why do we need women in leadership positions in the newsroom?
Because news is “the first rough draft of history”, so women must have a voice in it. Having women journalists lead newsrooms will ensure more inclusiveness in coverage and will help widen the scope of published stories.