Jessie M. King, Dundee’s First Female Professional Journalist


Did you see Editor Angela’s fascinating live event earlier this week, on Dundee’s first female professional journalist?

If not, don’t worry! We have it for you right here.

It was a great afternoon, and a great opportunity for the “Friend” to take part in Dundee Women’s Festival.

Angela was joined by friend of the “Friend” Charlotte Lauder, who has been carrying out some wonderful research into the history of our magazine as part of her PhD.

The two talked about Jessie M. King, who we believe was the first woman to hold a professional, paid position as a journalist in Dundee. Hers is a fascinating story, and is typical of the type of trailblazing the “Friend” has been doing since our very first issue in 1869.

Women have always been at the heart of everything we do here, so we were glad to hold the talk on International Women’s Day, too.

Take a look at the talk below:

Let us know on Facebook or Twitter what you thought of the talk! And feel free to ask us any questions about Jessie or the history of the “Friend”. We’ll be happy toa answer them.

We have plenty of features, stories and poems from the archives of “The People’s Friend” right here on our website. Follow this link to take a look.

Iain McDonald

Iain is Digital Content Editor at the "Friend", making him responsible for managing flow of interesting and entertaining content on the magazine's website and social media channels.