Following the rather depressing results of the What Glass Ceiling newspaper survey and our feature on female sports journalists, we were in need of cheering up. So we decided to put out the call to our Twitter and Facebook followers to look for the antidotes to media blockiness the women in journalism who are inspiring the next generation of media types. The answers spanned all areas of the media and showed that women in journalism can go anywhere and do anything all we need to do is make sure that many more will be able to get to where they want to be, and stay there.
Since becoming Newsnight’s political editor in February 2012, Allegra Stratton has done an admirable job of filling Michael Cricks shoes. Having already been a political correspondent for The Guardian and worked on the Andrew Marr show, This Week, and the foreign desk of The Times, and written the novel Muhajababes, her career has spanned newspapers, television and Guardian podcasts. Her thoughts on political journalism should be a set text for all aspiring journalists:
The thing about political journalism is when you do it well, and I’m not sure I do do it well yet but I want to try, is you boil something down – you don’t iron out complexity – but the hope is you turn that complexity into quite clear sentences.”
Another journalist whose career has been marked by eyebrow-raising channel-hopping is Laura Kuenssberg. Having studied journalism at Georgetown University in Washington, she worked on a political programme for NBC News before returning to local radio in her hometown of Glasgow. After winning a Royal Television Society award for her work as Home Affairs correspondent on BBC North, she became a reporter for Channel 4 News. She then took on the role of Chief Political Correspondent for BBC News, becoming central to its coverage of the 2010 General Election. This caused a minor kerfuffle when she became Business Editor of ITV News and took her 60,000-odd Twitter followers with her. In other social media-related news, Lauras Facebook page lists her as being a fan of Irn-Bru.
Here she is being cheeky with Ed Balls:
According to Boris Johnson, Polly Toynbee incarnates all the nannying, high-taxing, high-spending schoolmarmish of Blair’s Britain. Polly is the high priestess of our paranoid, mollycoddled, risk-averse, airbagged, booster-seated culture of political correctness and elf n safety fascism. Depending on which side of the political fence you come from, this could be taken as a compliment as much as a criticism. As one of The Guardians most prominent columnists, her left-wing assessment of political and social affairs has attracted scorn (tempered with occasional grudging praise) from the right. Having previously worked for the BBC and The Independent, she’s the President of the Social Policy Association, chair of the Brighton Festival and deputy treasurer of the Fabian Society.
At just 26, the financial journalist Lucy Tobin is one of the brightest rising stars in the newspaper world. As well as being a regular contributor to the business sections of the Evening Standard and the Independent, she has written two books and has recently been made the Evening Standards City Olympics correspondent. She was named Young Journalist of the Year at the 2011 DLA Piper Media Awards, and was also named Regional Journalist of the Year at the HeadlineMoney awards for financial journalism. Coincidentally, one of the What Glass Ceiling team was a few years below her in secondary school; her generosity and success was enormously encouraging to a young wannabe journalist, and she has never been anything less than an inspiration who deserves every bit of success she gets.