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Top International and National Journalists and Experts to Address Women On Air Conference

“Without you, it’s only half the story”

In association with the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland

On May 12, 2014

Women on Air, a voluntary networking group, is hosting an inspiring and informative networking conference in St. Georges Hall, Dublin Castle on Monday, 12th May 2014 to highlight the need for greater representation of expert women’s voices in the media.

Opened by the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte TD, the conference will hear from leading experts in the media, technology, politics and the law.

They will discuss who is shaping the public’s view of the world and whether greater gender diversity is needed on radio, TV, online and in print media.  The conference will increase public awareness of women as leading sectoral experts and aims to achieve a greater diversity of voices on current affairs and news programming and on editorial pages where public policy is debated and influenced.

The conference will inspire women to step up and share their stories and expertise while also giving excellent networking opportunities for experts, journalists, producers and researchers.

Participants on the day include founder and CEO of the highly influential OpEd Project (New York), Katie Orenstein; multimedia and investigations editor at the Guardian, Maggie O’Kane;  Úna ní Raifeartaigh SC, who recently acted for the DPP in the prosecution of three former executives of Anglo Irish Bank plc; Women For Election founders Niamh Gallagher and Michelle O’Donnell Keating; along with a host of leading Irish journalists and broadcasters including Aine Lawlor, Ursula Halligan, Audrey Carville, Sam Smyth, Una Mullally and Ann O’Dea.

This inaugural Women on Air conference will provide female experts with practical advice on raising their profile with programme makers and editors as well as important industry contacts. It also allows journalists and programme makers to find female experts who are suitable for their radio and TV shows.

Speaking ahead of the conference, Caroline Erskine, Chair of Women on Air said “Many women, no matter how skilful they may be in their field, seem hesitant to state their views in public forums such as radio, television, conference and on the editorial pages. The Women on Air conference will inspire women and help them put themselves forward as experts in their field.”

Women On Air’s Founder, Margaret E. Ward, added: “We are honoured to have leading international and national broadcasters, journalists and others in leadership roles join us at the conference and it is a great opportunity for expert women to get involved and share their knowledge”.

Tickets are €56 (£45.50 GBP plus 79p handling fee) and the conference will run from 8:30am till 1:30pm, followed by a networking lunch.

For further information or to book, visit womenonair.ie, follow on Twitter @WomanOnAirIE or ♯woa and on Facebook  Follow  ♯woaexpert on Twitter to find female experts for your programmes, editorials and articles.


For press enquiries please contact Claire Buckley or Niki Kelly in Elevate PR on 01 662 5652 or claireb@elevate.ie / niki@elevate.ie            

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