Women’s Organization Trains College Women to be Effective Media Advocates

CONTACT: Kathryn Alford, Communications Manager

December 29, 2021


WASHINGTON, DC — There is a significant gap in how liberal women and conservative women are represented in the media. For example, this was evident when the Biden Administration’s communication team was applauded for being an all-female team made up of several working moms, but when Sarah Huckabee Sanders became the first mother to serve as White House Press Secretary just a few years before, it was essentially ignored. Additionally, First Lady Michelle Obama adorned the front cover of Vogue magazine three times while her husband served in the White House and in June of this year, Dr. Jill Biden was highlighted on the cover as well. First lady and former model, Melania Trump, however, was never featured.

The Network of enlightened Women, known as NeW, recognizes this problem and launched the Student Media Fellowship to train conservative young women to be effective advocates in the media. Throughout the fellowship, women are given the opportunity to write and publish an op-ed, learn how to prepare for media interviews, and engage with top female conservative media professionals. The NeW Student Media Fellowship gives women training they do not receive in the classroom and prepares them for their careers.

In 2019, during the first semester of the program, one Fellow wrote and published her first op-ed. This encouraged her to pursue a career in journalism, and she is now a staff writer for The Federalist, writing articles and opinion pieces daily.

Another Fellow wrote and published her first op-ed through the fellowship, which led to her first radio interview on the Tennessee Star Report. She has used her training and these experiences during the program to excel as a frequent contributor to Campus Reform and a regular guest on Fox News.

These are just two of the many women impacted by their participation in the NeW Student Media Fellowship.

“I feel as if I’ve really sharpened my perspective of how to write an op-ed through the NeW Student Media Fellowship, especially coming from an academic background that isn’t communications or journalism based,” Jamie LeVie, Spring 2020 Student Media Fellow, shared.

“NeW is proud to give conservative women experiences that they can use to advance their careers, whether that be in media, business, law, or a different field. These women provide an important intellectually diverse perspective to national discussions. NeW is committed to educating, equipping, and empowering young women to help them find their voice and speak out as conservatives,” said Karin Lips, President of NeW.

To interview any of the current Student Media Fellows, please contact Kathryn Alford at media@enlightenedwomen.org or 571-310-5388.


The Network of Enlightened Women educates, equips, and empowers women to be principled leaders for a free society.



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