Have you always wanted to write for WSC, or wondered what goes on behind closed doors at an independent football magazine? Do you want to learn new skills, make industry contacts and be paid to write an article that will be published in WSC magazine?
WSC are excited to launch the first mentoring and development scheme for aspiring and early career female journalists, not currently in full-time education, with an interest in football/sports journalism. The scheme is free to take part in, and is open to ambitious writers, editors, sub-editors, podcasters and publishers, with a passion for football and something to say.
WSC has been running for 35 years, and in that time they have worked with some incredible female journalists, but not enough: even in 2021 women are still chronically under-represented across sports journalism, and due to this the public are missing out on brilliant and important stories, opinions and perspectives. They acknowledge that they can, and want to, do better. WSC want to help bridge the gap by offering their team’s time and expertise to mentor and support enthusiastic female journalists to gain contacts, experience, advice, and a foot in the door.
Over three months, you will take part in six two-hour sessions on Zoom about different aspects of the business.
Thursday, February 10 - Introduction to WSC, with Andy Lyons, Tom Hocking, Ffion Thomas & Richard Guy
Thursday, February 17 - Pitching, with Andy Lyons and Tom Hocking
Thursday, February 24 - Research and writing, with Ffion Thomas
Thursday, March 10 - Sub-editing, with Tom Hocking
Thursday, March 17 - Podcasting, with Daniel Gray
Thursday, March 24 - Production and business, with Richard Guy and Tom Hocking
Following these sessions, you will be invited for three further sessions with Ffion and Tom in April, to talk through your individual questions and career plans and receive tailored advice and support. You will also be invited to pitch and write an article for WSC, and will be supported to make it publication-ready. Your article, with full professional credit, will be published in the magazine and you will be paid an article fee. If you are not interested in writing, there will be other opportunities to be paid for sub-editing or podcast support, which will also be professionally credited.
The mentoring scheme will provide useful contacts, a detailed understanding of the industry, and improve confidence in applying for jobs or pitching articles to WSC and to other publications. They hope the professional credit will also help build a portfolio, which may lead to further opportunities. The pilot scheme will be part of Women in Football’s #GetOnside campaign, a rallying cry to be on the side of change when it comes to gender equality in football.
Application deadline: 9th of December 2021, 5pm
For more information and how to apply please visit:https://www.wsc.co.uk/mentor