The Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) supports the professional empowerment and personal growth of women in journalism and works toward a more accurate portrayal of the whole society. We do this at our Conference and Mentoring Project, through our fellowship programs and at regional gatherings.



  • CAMP 2014: Journalists may be hurting women in tech more than helping

    Story by 2014 Fellow Nicole Raz

    The numbers of women working in tech are low, and two JAWS panelists say the media’s coverage of women in tech isn’t doing much to give those numbers a boost.

    “In journalism, people focus on catchy titles that are more controversial and potentially result in more people clicking, but a lot of those are negative,” said Alaina Percival, an advisor at CodePath, a mobile developer school for engineers.

    Headlines like “Tech companies haven’t gotten past sexism 1.0” and “Why women leave tech: It’s the culture, not because ‘math is hard’” aren’t helping.

  • CAMP 2014: Learning the ins-and-outs of podcasting

    Story by 2014 Fellow Elaine Rita Mendus

    Radio journalism is an art, and there has never been an easier opportunity to get involved because of podcasting. At JAWS CAMP 2014, radio journalism and podcast experts Gina Delvac and Katie McMurran went over a variety of information, from finding equipment, recording, editing software suggestions, and even distribution methods.

    The session began with discussion over recording equipment. Delvac and McMurran suggested using XLR microphones similar to those used in normal recording studios, as well as headphones.

  • CAMP 2014: Social justice journalism comes in many forms

    Story by 2014 Fellow Caitlin Yoshiko Kandil | Photos by Ellie Van Houtte


    Many journalists get into the profession to make a difference – but where the rubber hits the road is in execution and having freedom to pursue data analysis and spending time with sources, according to panelists at JAWS Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) in La Quinta, California.

    Susan Smith Richardson, editor and publisher of The Chicago Reporter, said that social justice journalism is “a lot bigger” than just wanting to make a difference – “we all want to make a difference with our stories,” she said – but also examines structural inequalities in society, whether through data or human stores with the aim of trying to change policies or practices.

  • CAMP 2014: IBook offers entrepreneurial fellow innovative book publishing platform

    Story by 2014 Fellow Caitlin Yoshiko Kandil | Photo by Ellie Van Houtte

    11.2.104_JAWSCAMP_Highlights-8414In 1997, Melissa Ludtke traveled to China and adopted a baby who had been abandoned by her birth parents as a result of the country’s one-child policy. For the next 16 years Ludtke raised her daughter Maya in her home state of Massachusetts. When Maya was almost 17 years old, she returned to China to find out what life would have been like had she grown up in the rural countryside.

    Ludtke, the first-ever JAWS entreprenurial fellow, sent a team of bilingual videographers along with Maya and her orphanage crib neighbor Jennie to document their journey – and the results are her forthcoming iBook, “Touching Home in China: in search of missing girlhoods.” Ludtke shared the process of creating the interactive iBook on Nov. 2.

  • CAMP 2014: Women journos rockin’ it – with a little help from the band

    Story by 2014 Fellow Catherine Green | Photos by Ellie Van Houtte

    MB2A7771“We’re in an era of chaos and opportunity in journalism — we’re going to talk about the opportunity part.”

    It was a fitting way for Dawn Garcia to kick off Saturday’s Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) panel on fellowships, awards and collaborative projects: the “opportunity part” is what drives her role as managing director of the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships program at Stanford University. Garcia corralled a chat with Michelle Holmes, VP of content for Alabama Media Group, Claudia Nuñez, founder and director of Migrahack, and Alison Fitzgerald, a reporter at the Center for Public Integrity.

  • CAMP 2014: Substance over style: The new rules of copy editing

    Story by 2014 Fellow Catherine Green | Photo by Hilary Sloane

    _MG_5651Don’t believe the hype. Readers still care about high-quality news online, especially from the outlets they use regularly, according to key findings in Wayne State University professor Fred Vultee’s 2011 study sponsored by the American Copy Editors Society (ACES).

    “People aren’t going to pay for your crap if it’s crap,” says Teresa Schmedding, ACES president and deputy managing editor for the Daily Herald in Chicago. According to Vultee’s research, readers care more about grammar than style.

  • CAMP 2014: Onward — On the shoulders of pioneering women journalists

    Story by 2014 Fellow Melissa Ludtke | Photos by Ellie Van Houtte

    MB2A7843JAWS on Friday honored the hard-fought and enduring achievements of women, who were among its founding board of directors by establishing a fund committed to continuing the progress their actions set in motion. The JAWS Legacy Fund honors its formidable founding directors and supports continued JAWS programming.

  • CAMP 2014: Anna Holmes on Jezebel, burnout and fear

    Story by 2014 Fellow Marina Villeneuve | Photos by Ellie Van Houtte

    MB2A8135When online media company Gawker Media approached then-magazine editor Anna Holmes to start a women’s website in late 2006, Holmes says she was up for it – but scared.

    “Maybe when you get fed up, you get more fearless,” said Holmes, speaking at the Saturday keynote dinner at the annual Journalism and Women Symposium Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) in Palm Springs, California. “But I wasn’t without fear.”

    It was at a time when nobody Holmes knew was moving from print to Web, and when her work in celebrity and fashion reporting was paying the rent, but failing to satisfy her personally.

    “It was very scary for me, and I felt very, very fearful,” she said.

  • CAMP 2014: From Elvis to O.J.: The career of court reporter Linda Deutsch

    Story by 2014 Fellow Lindsey Anderson | Photos by Ellie Van Houtte

    MB2A7985A love affair with Elvis Presley got Linda Deutsch her start in journalism.

    Deutsch fell madly in love with Presley when she was a 12-year-old in New Jersey. Officials at Elvis headquarters gave her a list of potential fan club members members, and Deutsch began one of the first Elvis fan clubs in the United States. She used her Smith Corona typewriter to write a club newspaper, charging $1 in membership dues in the U.S. and $2 overseas.

    “This was so much a prediction of what my career would become in a way,” Deutsch said Saturday at the Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) annual Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP).

  • CAMP 2014: Long-form reporting takes more than an inverted pyramid

    Investigative_KiraZalanStory by 2014 Fellow Marina Villeneuve | Photo by Kira Zalan

    The inverted pyramid, a model made popular by newswire services and long taught by journalism schools, stresses putting the most important who-what-where-when-why information up at the top of stories. Though this model has long allowed editors to easily cut off less relevant chunks of information near the end, it can be dull, clunky and lose readers before they get to the end, according to a JAWS panel Oct. 30.

    Rather, journalists who undertake investigative projects should approach writing such pieces thematically, said SUNY-Albany journalism professor Rosemary Armao.

  • CAMP 2014: Jill Abramson ‘Unfettered’ at JAWS (VIDEO)

    Story by 2014 Fellow Suzanne Cosgrove | Photos by Ellie Van Houtte | Video by Macrina Newhouse

    MB2A7612In a wide-ranging interview Saturday, former executive editor of The New York Times Jill Abramson talked about her upcoming startup project and said she does not spend much time dwelling on the reason she was fired from The New York Times.

    At a breakfast with about 200 JAWS members and the annual Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) in La Quinta, California, Abramson said that before she was fired by Publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr., she was in discussions with CEO Mark Thompson and Sulzberger about her salary, which in 2011 was less than her predecessor’s salary in 2004.

  • CAMP 2014: Top 11 refreshers on how to keep investigative reporting on track

    Story by 2014 Fellow Lindsey Anderson | Photos by 2014 Fellow Shondiin Silversmith

    20141030_122932_Investigative_ShondiinSilversmithPiles of documents. Endless source lists. Months and months of research. Investigative reporting projects can be overwhelming, but they don’t have to be disorganized.

    “Journalism is hard. It’s really hard,” said Rosemary Armao, a professor of journalism at the University at Albany, SUNY during a day-long Journalism and Women Symposium Confer

  • CAMP 2014: Tech: Swiss Army Knife of Apps

    Stephanie Yamkovenko, Web Editor for the American Occupational Therapy Association, shares her favorite apps for Journalists.

  • CAMP 2014 Resources

    The Conference and Mentoring Project has a stellar lineup of speakers and panelists for this year’s program. Learn more about the 2014 programming here. Check out these resources from CAMP.

  • CAMP 2014 Social Media

    Join the discussion online about the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) 2014 with these social media hashtags and handles of speakers, fellows and attendees. Follow the Journalism and Women Symposium on Twitter for updates about programs and sessions. Learn more about the workshops and panels on SCHED.