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Magazine of the Chartered Institute of Journalists

The fifth female President will take office at the oldest journalist professional body in the world – the Chartered Institute of Journalists (CIoJ)

Press release
Release date: 28 February 2018

Janice Shillum Bhend, long time magazine journalist, editor, freelance writer, broadcaster and former lecturer in magazine journalism takes over as President on 9th March – the day after International Women’s Day.

Tim Crook, longstanding journalist, broadcaster and Professor in Media and Communication at Goldsmiths, University of London becomes Vice President.

At a time when women’s equality is discussed more than ever before Shillum Bhend said: “As a journalist working mainly in women’s magazines I have seldom experienced discrimination, unlike many other women in the media.  It is a matter that needs to be addressed along with many other negative influences that portray our industry in a bad light.

“I do hope all media organisations can work together for all journalists during a time when we are so vital to democracy, to hold power to account and make news great again.”

Previous female Presidents in the CIoJ’s 134 year history were Meg Peacock, Lois Hainsworth, Sangita Shah and Liz Justice.



Notes to editors:

Formed in 1884, the Chartered Institute of Journalists (CIoJ) is the world’s oldest established professional body for journalists, and a representative voice of media and communications professionals throughout the UK and the Commonwealth.