Girl Power for our Media Cubs at Women in Media event

Frankie, Sam, Emma Bentley and Aiysa

It was all about the girl power for our Media Cubs when we visited the Women in Media Conference at The People’s History Museum in Manchester.

To mark International Women’s day three Media Cubs – Sam, Frankie and Aisya were on location at the event to interview their role models – successful female journalists.

It was the 5th annual event and included a series of workshops, panel discussions and Q&A’s from inspirational women from across a huge range of fields, with proceeds going to Manchester Action on Street Health.

They loved speaking with The Times journalist Hannah Lucinda Smith, Zabby Allen creator of the Procrastination Paper, a monthly mini mag which aims to tempt you away from your phone, to #WasteSomeTimeOffline, as well as an editor of The Happy News and Suzy Prince, creator of Actual Size magazine, for a panel debate.

But they were most excited to speak with BBC digital camera journalist Emma Bentley – who has been using TikTok as part of her work.

They are all big TikTok fans and were delighted when she preformed a routine with them.

Kirsty Day, project leader for Media Cubs, said: “It was a great day to be able to go out of the newsroom setting and give them the opportunity to be an on the ground reporter.

“They asked some fantastic questions and showed so much confidence – much more than I would have had at their age! I feel very proud of them and can definitely see that they were inspired by the women in media that they met for future career choices.”

Some of their questions included; why it is important to have women and diversity in the media, how do you use social media in your job and what is the best part of being a reporter?

Media Cub Aisya added: “I would like to be a camera person or a journalist and do lots of travelling. I am inspired by Emma Bentley from the BBC.

“Her job brings lots of surprises along the way, you can be in your office one minute and then at Buckingham Palace the next, you get to do so many different things and meet lots of people. It was a great day at the conference.”

You can view the video of the Media Cubs at the Women in Media Conference interviewing Emma on our You Tube channel.  

Thank you for having us #WIM2020 – see you again next year with some more of our Media Cubs recruits!