In a collection of interviews to mark International Women’s Day 2022, we shine a light on some of the brilliant women at the heart of The Independent.
Here, UK Voices Editor Victoria Richards steps up to talk about her role, how she got here and never being afraid to speak the truth.
Describe your job
I am the Voices (comment/opinion) editor here in the UK. I work with a small but tight-knit team to provide reactive and proactive analysis and insight, closely tied to our newsdesk, on a variety of subjects. We regularly feature big names and exclusives.
How did you get into your profession?
I started my 15+ year career in journalism as a trainee in the Welsh Valleys on a local newspaper. I trained at the PA headquarters in Newcastle then worked as a local reporter for 18 months before doing my seniors. I then returned to London, which is where I’m from, to try and get shifts on nationals.
Who and what has helped you break the bias?
My colleagues, other journalists and those who understand the essential need to amplify the voices of women of all backgrounds. Diverse voices are key.
Which women do you admire?
Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton. I adore the confessional poets, and in many ways, I think their work has had huge influence on me as a journalist – women should never be afraid to speak their truth.
What are your hopes for the future in terms of breaking the bias?
To see more diverse women in top jobs in news rooms across the world. To turn the tide away from misogynistic attacks in our reader comments section.
What one bit of career advice would you give to others?
Believe you belong. Bite back the fear and self-doubt. Pick up the phone.