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: Need to know

    Grouse Mountain Lodge details, airport shuttle info, ride sharing and room sharing, and parking info

  • CAMP 2015: Things to do in Whitefish, Montana

    For those attending the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) in Montana, we have a few suggestions for activities in the area.

  • CAMP 2015: How to pack

    By Merrill Perlman, JAWS Board Member

    CAMP is very casual – a list of recommended pieces of clothing for the weekend.

  • CAMP 2015: Celebrate JAWS authors at Books & Browse

    By Michele Weldon, CAMP Books & Browse Coordinator

    What has 12 legs, six books, thousands of pages and an hour devoted to it on the JAWS Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) schedule Friday night? Books & Browse is the heralded tradition at CAMP when you can chat with JAWS authors and have them sign their books. This year, B&B will follow the Friday night dinner and come before the throwback to 1985 party.

    Veteran JAWS members Jane Isay, Jeannie Morris, Caryl Rivers and myself will be talking truth in recently published books about secrets, relationships, politics, gender, work, media, parenting and more. We will also have a spot for veteran members Mary C. Curtis and Lisen Stromberg to discuss their contributions to an upcoming book on Hillary Clinton.

  • CAMP 2015: Pre-conference FAQ

    We’re excited for the 30th anniversary Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) in Montana this year. Here are a few helpful answers to some of the most frequently asked questions. See you soon!

  • CAMP 2015: JAWS election for 2016 Board of Directors

    The Nominating Committee is delighted to present the slate for the JAWS Board of Directors and Officers. The election will take place during the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) in October. The membership will elect a vice president and five new directors.

    The committee worked hard to ensure that the recommended candidates will provide the requisite skills, knowledge and wisdom that JAWS needs as well as contribute to the diversity of the Board of Directors by reflecting the membership in all its glorious identities. As always, this is a never-ending quest. We encourage all members to continue developing themselves and nurturing others so future Nominating Committees can draw again on a richly diverse pool of talent in the years to come.

  • CAMP 2015: Los Angeles Times’ Mitra Kalita to present keynote at CAMP

    mitra_kalitaBy Linda Kramer Jenning, JAWS President

    Los Angeles Times managing editor S. Mitra Kalita will be joining JAWS in Whitefish, Mont., to give the Saturday dinner keynote talk at our 30th anniversary Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP).

    You might already know Kalita from when she worked at The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Associated Press or Newsday, or more recently when she was the founding ideas editor at Quartz and then its executive editor at large. She oversaw the launches of Quartz India and Quartz Africa. This fascinating career path also included a sojourn in India, where she became the founding editor of Mint, a business paper in New Delhi.

  • CAMP 2015: Highlights

    Special activities for the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) Oct. 9-11 in Whitefish, Mont.

  • CAMP 2015: Programming

    A few of the sessions slated for Oct. 9-11 in Whitefish, Mont.

  • CAMP 2015: Getting to CAMP (discount airfares and rideshare)

    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.

  • Board member blog post: Paying it forward

    By Judy Miller, JAWS Board Chair for the Legacy Fund

    For three decades, our members have continued to define the mission of the Journalism and Women Symposium by mentoring and supporting each other with love, respect and laughter.

    The result? JAWS has become a unique and, in some ways, indefinable journalism organization out there. Sort of—you have to come to the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) to get it.

    Now, thanks to the JAWS Legacy Fund and our own Nancy Day, JAWS is taking it on the road.

  • September 2015: Speak up

    I know from those of you I’ve met in person and from reading posts from so many more on the listserv, that this is not a group of women shy about speaking up.

    We recently sent out a general membership survey. This is the first one in over two years, and we need to hear from you. The survey gives you an opportunity to share what you want from JAWS, and it also seeks to gather information about our membership that will help the new board serve you better and evaluate how well we are working to fulfill our mission.

    And that’s not your only opportunity to speak up.

  • Make a difference: Support JAWS with auction purchases

    By Pam Moreland, JAWS Board Member

    Shopping to support JAWS and its programs. It’s easy. It’s competitive. It’s fun and it’s for a good cause.

    The best part is you play a part of the entire event.

    Bring something to the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) for the auction. Jewelry. Media swag. Scarves. Cool tanks, Ts, and sweatshirts to complete that athleisure look. Personal services (one-on-one sessions sharing your expertise with JAWS members, their family and their friends). Gift cards. Guided tours of favorite spots in NYC, DC, ATL or LA.

    Money raised through the auction goes to underwrite JAWS and its programs. Here’s how it works.

  • Board member blog post: Regional JAWS groups foster local interactions

    LizSeegertBy Liz Seegert, JAWS Board Member

    Regional gatherings are great opportunities to discuss, experiment and learn from one another. Since only about a third of JAWS members get to Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) in any given year, the reality is that most of the interaction takes place locally.

    Our regional groups host all kinds of events — from informal mixers at bars and restaurants to potlucks at members’ homes, to collaborative workshops and events with other journalism organizations like ONA, ACES and SPJ. So if there are women in your region who can’t make it to CAMP this year, how about bringing a little CAMP back to them?