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Retiring journalist shares sadness at being patch’s last female reporter

Jane MoncrieffA retiring journalist has shared her sadness at being the last full-time female news reporter on her patch.

Jane Moncrieff, pictured, has retired after 20 years off and on with BBC Radio Shetland, as well as stints at the short-lived Shetland Post.

According to the Shetland News, there are now no full-time female news journalists in Shetland.

In an interview with the News ahead of her retirement last month, Jane paid tribute to he “tremendous colleagues” and was asked what had gone wrong with women in journalism in Shetland.

She said: “I do not think it is deliberate, it is just the way it’s happened. I am just sad that there are no females in general coming forward now. That is no disrespect to any of the boys that work here.

“I think female journalists sometimes have a different take on things. You might see stories that you might think are really important that your colleagues might not. It just gives a really good balance in the workplace as well.

“It is also very important on radio, as it gives you a variety of voices.  The hours in journalism do not work well for anyone who wants to have a family life.”

Jane, 60, was also the last Shetland-born speaker of the islands’ dialect at the station.

She added: “Dialect has always been really important to me, having your own tongue.

“It is something we try really hard to promote at Radio Shetland, but when I leave there will not be a native-born Shetland dialect speaker here. I think that is a pity.”

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  • October 23, 2019 at 12:11 pm

    But how many full time male journalists are there on Shetland?

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