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 2015: Volunteer opportunities

    Looking to get more involved with JAWS? You’re in luck! We have a few upcoming opportunities.

  • CAMP 2015: Pre-conference workshops

    If you’re looking for a pre-CAMP boost, we have two options on Friday, Oct. 9: all-day data visualization training and an afternoon “Book Camp.”

  • CAMP 2015: Discount airfares

    By Pamela Moreland, JAWS Board Member

    Getting to the Big Sky Country in Whitefish, Mont., for JAWS CAMP (Conference and Mentoring Project) shouldn’t take big bucks. That’s why JAWS has partnered with the three major airlines to offer conference participants airfare discounts.

    Alaska, Delta and United airlines have all agreed to knock off 5 to 13 percent on reservations to Glacier Park International Airport in Kalispell. That’s the closest airport to Whitefish and the Grouse Mountain Lodge.

  • CAMP 2015: Registration is open!

    The Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) will be taking place this year at the Grouse Mountain Lodge in Whitefish, Mont., from Oct. 9 to 11. This year is extra special as JAWS celebrates its 30th anniversary. The annual JAWS CAMP focuses on strengthening core journalism skills, building personal brands and careers, developing strategies for success in our evolving media landscape, improving gender parity in our profession, empowering women in leadership and management, and encouraging a more accurate portrayal of the whole society. Participants will enjoy a dynamic weekend filled with inspiring speakers, motivating career development sessions and rewarding networking and mentoring opportunities. It’s an experience that has helped launch countless careers, and it’s also ignited lifelong friendships.

  • CAMP 2015: Staying at the Grouse Mountain Lodge

    Details about CAMP 2015 hotel accommodations.

  • Regional gatherings recap: May 2015

    JAWS_AHCJ_0415JAWS Bay Area: Sharkey and the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of JAWS made an appearance at the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ) conference in Santa Clara, Calif., on April 25. We had a great time catching up with JAWdesses from across the country and meeting journalists attending the AHCJ conference.

  • May 2015: Top reasons to attend CAMP

    This month I attended Georgetown’s commencement and had the honor of hooding our journalism graduate students. It didn’t take long. Not many journalism degrees were handed out in comparison with degrees in public relations, sports management, real estate and other fields where job prospects are more secure.

    That’s why I am so impressed with the passion and dedication of those students who choose to follow careers in journalism. And I was pleased to see several JAWS members among this year’s grads (shout out to Brittany Bremer, Heather Curtis and Julie Gilkison. Also Nicole Lewis, in absentia).

    It is my hope that the JAWS network will be there for them and for all of us at every stage in our careers to provide support, resources and perhaps most importantly friendship.

  • Board member blog post: Why not journalism?

    donna.layBy Donna Myrow, JAWS Board Member

    Joy Shioshita investigated the illegal incarceration of minors in mental health facilities. Her reporting efforts changed a law in California to give teens with mental health problems the right of due process before a panel of physicians.

    Joy is a librarian in Berkeley, Calif.

    Josie Valderrama wrote a compelling story about the L.A. Police Department’s abuse of 30 black and Hispanic teenagers playing ball in a suburban neighborhood park. Her reporting resulted in a $200,000 settlement for the teens.

    Josie is finishing her Ph.D. thesis in psychology.

    Minerva Chavez was a student activist and political reporter for L.A. Youth for four years.

    Minerva now has a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin and teaches education reform at a Southern California college.

    In my time at L.A. Youth, I trained hundreds of young women like the three described above.