The 2020 Women in Journalism Workshop is shifting online due to COVID-19

As you may have read, the CDC has recommended that all events with over 50 people in attendance be postponed for the next two months. We want to put the safety of our session leaders and attendees first, so we are canceling the in person aspects of the 2020 workshop. Everyone will be receiving refunds for their registrations.

We will do our best to move sessions online - so if you registered, stay tuned for more updates! 

We appreciate your passion, time and commitment to journalism. We hope to see you in person next year!


Kat Duncan
Founder of the WIJ Workshop 


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2020 Session Leaders



Susan Smith Richardson is the CEO at the Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative newsroom in Washington, D.C.  Previously, she was editorial director at Solutions Journalism Network, where she oversaw a reporting initiative focused on how people and institutions are seeking to reinvigorate democracy in communities across the country. She has nearly three decades of experience as an editor and opinion writer, including at the Chicago Tribune, the Sacramento Bee and the Austin American-Statesman.  Richardson was the editor and publisher of The Chicago Reporter, a small nonprofit newsroom that investigates race, poverty and income inequality. In 2002, she was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and holds a M.P.A. from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and a B.S. in Radio, TV and Film from the University of Texas at Austin.


Marissa J. Lang is an award-winning journalist who has chased hurricanes, stalked wildfires and uncovered political corruption. Lang is a staff writer at the Washington Post focusing on local news, culture, protests and activism. A member of the Post's breaking news team, Lang also writes hard-to-find stories in the D.C. area that reflect the personality and people of the region. Lang came to the The Post in 2018 from the San Francisco Chronicle, where she covered the impact of technology and tech companies on the Bay Area. 

Previously, she was a staff writer for The Sacramento Bee, The Salt Lake Tribune, and the Tampa Bay Times. In 2017, Lang traveled to Rwanda to report on the country's technology sector and social issues, work that was supported by a fellowship from the International Women's Media Foundation. She is certified in Hostile Environment and First Aid Training, and is an adjunct professor of journalism at the University of Maryland, an active member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and a mentor to student journalists of color.


Hannah Wise is a social strategy editor at The New York Times where she focuses on building relationships between Times journalists and the communities they cover. She is most passionate about building communities in digital spaces and thinking about the future of sharing news. Hannah was named to Editor & Publisher’s 2019 “25 under 35” list of the next generation of leaders in newspapers. She is the stitching maven behind behind the viral Instagram account @sewmanycomments where she doesn't read the comments, but sews them. She is a graduate of the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Kansas where she studied journalism and Germanic languages and literature. Hannah holds a master’s degree in journalism from the Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas, where she was a Mayborn Scholar. Her thesis work focused on applying human-centered design theory to improve the relationships between journalists and the communities they serve.


Leah Millis is a senior photographer with Reuters. Millis spent the previous four years at the San Francisco Chronicle. While there, she produced several photo stories, including the worst and longest-lasting drought in California's history, an investigation into the state's failing foster system, a story about a transgender child, and a look at the personal and familial cost of deportation. Millis has also covered Bay Area protests that often turned violent.



Cath Mossom served a full 22 year military career of which the last 12 years was serving within UK Special Forces (UKSF) in an operational worldwide role. She was one of a few female operators to serve in UKSF; and has operated with government agencies at times of national crisis, and worked in diplomatically sensitive training roles as tasked by the FCO.

Since leaving the military in 2008 Cath has successfully adapted and transferred her unique range of skills and experience into the civilian market; working predominantly with people who work & travel in difficult, challenging areas; both in the field as a security advisor and as a senior trainer on HEAT courses. Cath still works in the field supporting journalists, and therefore has good knowledge of the challenges facing them whilst obtaining their stories. These experiences are then transferred back into the classroom learning environmen

Cath has been supporting IWMF for the last 2 years training freelance female journalists in Africa and Latin America; ACOS training in Asia; and is working on a project to support Rory Peck training in Cambodia. These courses include training for both international and local journalists. In addition to HEAT courses Cath also designs and delivers Investigative journalism courses, and specialist surveillance courses for journalists.

Cath was trained as a UKSF paramedic, where she gained valuable experience working within UK hospitals. She has continued to develop this knowledge; and regularly delivers remote trauma courses. She has a keen interest in Post Trauma Management; and has recently completed a 2 -day workshop on Trauma Risk Incident Management. She is a conflict management and dis-engagement skills trainer.


Sophie Ho is the newsroom audience analyst at The Washington Post. Prior to her current role, she was an operations editor and universal news desk engagement editor. She joined The Post in 2016 as an intern on the audience development team after graduating from UC Berkeley with a degree in political science. She's from California, and proud of it.


Viktorya Vilk is manager of special projects at PEN America, where she leads initiatives on a range of free expression issues, including developing tools and strategies to empower writers and journalists to defend against online abuse and conducting research and raising awareness about the local news crisis. She has over a decade of experience working in nonprofits to expand access to the arts and defend freedom of expression. She graduated summa cum laude with a BA from Boston University and pursued her graduate degrees on a Marshall Scholarship at the University of London.


Clàudia Prat is an innovator in the field of documentary, journalism and virtual reality. Based in New York City, she has produced immersive stories for the Associated Press, The New York Times, BBC, Al Jazeera and Univision. Currently she is working for the immersive-video team at TIME.


Stefanie Friedhoff reports on the issues of science, technology, migration, education, culture and trauma. She engages diverse communities on these subjects through writing, talks, events, consulting and leadership. Projects include trauma workshops for journalists, journalism startup support, journalism conferences and long-form storytelling. Her work has appeared in Time magazine; The Boston Globe; Sueddeutsche Zeitung, a German newspaper; and other publications. Friedhoff, who was a 2001 Nieman Fellow, created and led Nieman’s Trauma Journalism Program from 2006 to 2012.

Event will now occur online to the best of our ability: 

April 30 & May 1st

WIJ Workshop webinars


Managing the isms

Susan Smith Richardson, CEO of Public Integrity


If you are a woman in a newsroom, managing sexism, racism and other behavior that seeks to patronize, marginalize and erase you can be the equivalent of a second job. Many of us know to expect the isms, yet we don't always know how to effectively respond to them, individually and collectively. This session will explore strategies and tactics.


Advocate and Innovate

Marissa Lang, Washington Post


An inspiring discussion of how to stand up for yourself and push for what you want in a variety of circumstances — to your editor, to your sources, to your company. Discussion topics will include building sources in a male-dominated field, engaging communities of which you are not a part, managing up, negotiating pay and benefits, knowing the rules — and when to break them, finding mentors and more.


Cultivating Your Community

Hannah Wise, NY Times


Communities large and small are all around us. This session will give you the tools to identify a community that you want to serve, give tactics to engage members in your reporting and tips on how to close the feedback loop by giving the members a stake in your work and the community at large. We will draw from social science, philosophy, political science and the engagement journalism community of practice to inform this interactive session. Be prepared to move and talk to your neighbors!


Self-care for the Resilient Journalist

Stefanie Friedhoff, German-American journalist, educator and innovative storyteller


Trauma is an occupational hazard for journalists. One doesn’t need to be on the frontlines of war or national tragedies to encounter stories of destruction, suffering and despair. Add the stressors of fast-paced news environments, and you’re no longer wondering why you are so exhausted at the end of the day. Let's explore some essentials about trauma and resilience that help us prepare for difficult assignments and taxing experiences — and discover self-care habits that help keep us sane in the long run.


Hostile Environment Awareness Training

Cath Mossom, Executive Security Awareness Training and Personal Security Training Specialist


Understand sexual aggression as a spectrum from sexual harassment to sexual violence including the concept of consent and its importance. Learn to identify the impact, develop effective responses, learn how to engage your intuition, use security risk management and more.


How to build a data-driven audience strategy

Sophie Ho, Washington Post


Attendees will learn how to incorporate data to build an audience strategy from the ground-up. We’ll go over what questions to ask to frame your research and go over some helpful Excel tricks.


Online Harassment Self-Defense: Preparation, Response, Support, & Self-Care

Viktorya Vilk, PEN America


Writers and journalists are facing unprecedented levels of hate and harassment online. Building on PEN America’s Online Harassment Field Manual, this training session equips writers and journalists, as well as their allies and employers, with practical tools and strategies to defend against online abuse, including: preparation, response, self-care, and best practices for offering support. While there are no easy answers, open conversations about the impact of online abuse and how to fight back can empower writers and journalists to stay online and continue exercising their free expression rights.


Secondary Trauma

Leah Millis, Reuters


Journalists regularly bear witness to human suffering, whether it's in covering mass disasters or individual tragedies. They are also sometimes the direct targets of violence and harassment due to their visibility and interaction with the public Secondary trauma can affect their health and well-being, in this session we will cover what secondary trauma is and strategies for coping with it to keep safe and mentally healthy.


Tips for the Independent Journalist

Leia Larsen and Nikki Boliaux


As two journalists who went independent a year ago, we will share our lessons learned, tips to be successful, common set backs and discuss challenges of managing your own business independently.


Grants for journalism

Jackie Calderon, Pulitzer Center


We'll talk about grants you can apply for, how to do so and how to be successful at it!


Battling Misinformation

Aimee Rinehart and Maddy Webb, First Draft News


This will be a 90-minute crisis simulation that takes place in a website dashboard where participants are in "newsrooms" and have to field a series of problematic content to decide what and how to cover the events. Then we will have a 30-minute feedback session afterward. Journalists who have taken this simulation have been terrified and enlightened about holes in their own newsroom protocols.


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