Today BBC Birmingham has launched Fierce Women in Media - an exciting event to celebrate International Women’s Day coming up in March. The idea behind the event is not only to celebrate strong, creative women working in the media but also to inspire more young people from all backgrounds to pursue careers in the media industry.
Fierce Women in Media takes place at the Glee Club in Birmingham on Tuesday 5th March and is a free public event. With interactive workshops, demos and masterclasses led by everyone ranging from journalists, runners and apprentices to writers, directors and editors, Fierce Women in Media is providing young people with exclusive access to women in a range of roles within the media world.
Masterclasses include sessions on behind the scenes production, script writing, personal experiences of being a woman working in the media and how the world of news has developed in the digital age. These sessions are complemented by workshops around creating podcasts, being distinctive on social media, VR and women in the world of tech and preparing for a career in the media.
With the BBC’s ambitious plans to reach an increasingly diverse workforce which reflects our audiences – by 2020 we aim to have women in half the leadership roles as well as making up half the workforce - this event is just the kind of community celebration needed to shout about the ever-increasing diversity within the media. Bringing a combination of talent from the BBC Birmingham and BBC Three alongside local Midlands indies, Fierce Women in Media is celebrating the ever-increasing role women play in the media industry. We hope our Midlands audiences will get stuck in, ask questions and put them through their paces! To find out more