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: 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.

  • 2015 JAWS Diversity Fellow Application

    The goal of the JAWS Diversity Fellowship is to help the practice of journalism better reflect society. This is an opportunity for journalists who are traditionally underrepresented in newsrooms, including but not limited to women of color, journalists in the LGBTQ community and those with disabilities. In your personal statement, be sure to show how you add a diverse voice to the media landscape and highlight efforts you have made to improve representation of diverse groups in media.

  • 2015 JAWS Next Step Fellow Application

    Are you trying to figure out what’s next? The Next Step Fellowship may be for you. In the turbulent world of today’s journalism, women with established careers often need to explore new avenues for practicing their craft. JAWS will recognize these veteran journalists by bringing at least one to CAMP 2015 where she can participate in hands-on technical and social media workshops, individual mentoring and lots of informal brainstorming to figure out next steps and learn about new opportunities in the rapidly changing new media landscape. Applicants should be at a career point where they want to shift gears and find new opportunities. They should have a substantive record of at least 15 years working as a journalist. Preference will be given to current JAWS members who would not otherwise be able to attend CAMP.

  • 2015 JAWS Entrepreneurial Fellow Application

    The goal of the Entrepreneurial Fellowship is to help a woman journalist move forward with an innovative journalism project. JAWS will help bring this entrepreneur to CAMP 2015, where she will have the opportunity to mine the JAWS brain trust and explore skills that will be useful for her proposed project. The fellowship covers CAMP registration and most travel expenses. Applicants should be journalists with a well-conceived project, the background that shows they can do it, and at least five years of professional experience. Preference is given to JAWS members.

  • 2015 Emerging Journalist Fellow Application

    Emerging Journalist Fellowships are open to professionals in the early stages of their careers. We are looking for journalists with at least one but no more than five years of professional journalism experience. Winners are selected based on a combination of merit, financial need and their potential contribution to JAWS as an organization that supports diversity across race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, media platform, beat and location. This fellowship is not currently open to undergraduate students. Graduate students may apply. We encourage undergraduates to become involved by joining JAWS at the student rate and attending other JAWS events and regional gatherings.

  • April 2015: Get ready for CAMP

    In just six months, the Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) will celebrate “Women Making News for 30 Years” at our anniversary CAMP Oct. 9-11 in Whitefish, Mont. Start making your plans to be there to toast our herstory and our future. Register now by clicking here and then give Grouse Mountain Lodge a call to reserve your room.

    CAMP chairs Gina Setser and Emily Shenk are lining up a stellar program. Sessions are in the works on long-form journalism, election finance, avoiding the campaign spin (just in time for your 2016 reporting), teaching journalism, the ethics of crossing lines and so much more. Hilary Powell is organizing another lineup of tech-on-one trainers to cover all the skills and apps you need to succeed. This year’s Fran Lewine Interview will feature Linda Deutsch interviewing trailblazing journalist Edie Lederer. A special plenary session will focus on diversity in tribute to the work of the late Dori Maynard, a member of the JAWS Advisory Board. And stay tuned for announcements about keynote speakers and for details on a screening of “Difret” with producer Dr. Mehret Mandefro (thanks to a great suggestion from Kathy Bonk).

  • Board member blog post: Don’t fear data and technology

    SandraFishBy Sandra Fish, JAWS President-Elect

    True confession: JAWS CAMP is tied for my fave journalism conference.

    The competition? NICAR, the National Institute of Computer Assisted Reporting conference put on each February or March by Investigative Reporters and Editors.

    Of course, NICAR appeals to my affinity for data and technology. Through the years, I’ve learned so much from NICAR, from how to use Microsoft Access to analyze data in the 1990s to transitioning to open-source databases, from great Excel tricks to scraping websites using Python programming.

    But another reason I love NICAR is the effort organizers make to be inclusive in terms of gender, ethnicity and age.

  • Member blog post: Contribute to a JAWS cookbook

    Happy hours. Potlucks. Camp buffets. With food and drink, members of the Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) celebrate steps big and small.

    That’s why we hope to commemorate 30 years of JAWS history with a modest cookbook – a collection of your stories and recipes. Consider it a keepsake, a smorgasbord of inspiration, maybe even a fundraising tool.

    We’ll need your help. The key ingredient is a good tale to introduce a favorite recipe: maybe about some taste that’s indelibly linked to an assignment or a dish that you’ve brought to a JAWS gathering. No recipe? No problem. Tell a JAWS food story; we might even find a recipe to match.

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