Media Diversity Australia’s Who Gets To Tell Australian Stories report outlined that not only are those telling the stories on screen predominately Anglo –Celtic but so are those working in senior television news management roles are predominately Anglo –Celtic men. In fact as of July 2020, every single national news director in Australia was an Anglo-Celtic male and of the 32 people working in the most senior news management roles, only 28% were women, all of whom had an Anglo Celtic background.
And while the number of women working in news leadership roles varied, all of them had an exclusively Anglo-Celtic background.
MDA’s report also found that most respondents believed that there were greater barriers for culturally diverse men and women in progressing up the career ladder. This is precisely the problem MDA is looking to address.
The Women of Colour Mentorship Program is designed to empower culturally and linguistically diverse female journalists, the requisite knowledge and skills to navigate climbing the ranks of leadership.
12 female mentees of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds who have between 5 to 10 years of experience to undertake the 12-month Program to help pave a pathway for them into leadership roles. The program will include:
- 10 x 1-day in-person sessions with their mentor in their respective workplace
- 6 x 1-hour zoom workshops with all other mentors
- 6 x 1-hour zoom workshops with all other mentors that will focus on professional development