As well as commenting on the event’s majority female line-up, Ian Burrell writes in the i about how larger female representation in newsrooms is shifting the way journalism tells stories about women and society
Burrell references the majority female line-up at Thursday’s Festival of News from across the journalism and media industries as well as the all-female editors’ panel due to open the event.
Speaking to him about the speaker selection process, Newsworks CEO Jo Allan said: “We have deliberately made the point for the Festival of News of making sure that about 60 per cent of people on the stage are female.”
She added: “That wasn’t a case of having to hunt them out, it’s because there are more female editors now.”
Burrell also spoke to Daily Mirror editor and Women in Journalism chair Alison Phillips, who commented on how women’s increased representation in journalism has contributed to a shift in how stories are told, from covering events such as the war in Ukraine to increased focus on issues such as menopause.
Read Ian Burrell’s full piece in the i.