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.

  • JAWS President-Elect Sandra Fish’s statement on shooting of WDBJ-TV reporting team

    Journalism and Women Symposium offers heartfelt condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of Alison Parker and Adam Ward, the WDBJ-TV reporting team shot and killed while on assignment Wednesday morning. As fellow journalists, we are particularly saddened that these two professionals were taken from us and their community in the prime of their lives. We grieve their deaths with the rest of the nation.

    Journalism and Women Symposium supports the professional empowerment and personal growth of women in journalism and works toward a more accurate portrayal of the whole society.

  • 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.

  • Emily Bell to present keynote at CAMP 2015

    EmilyBellBy Sandra Fish, JAWS President-Elect

    A year ago, digital journalist and scholar Emily Bell tweeted “There is a conference about women in journalism in Palm Springs and I am not there. This is a poor situation.”

    This fall, the Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) will rectify that situation, featuring Bell as a keynote speaker at our 30th anniversary Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) in October.

    CAMP will be held at Grouse Mountain Lodge in Whitefish, Mont., from Oct. 9 to 11.

  • 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: 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.

  • CAMP 2015: Staying at the Grouse Mountain Lodge

    ***The conference hotel is sold out, but please check the document on finding a roommate. Alternative hotel information posted below.***

    Details about CAMP 2015 hotel accommodations.

  • August 2015: Welcome new JAWS Advisory Board Member Mindy Marqués Gonzalez

    I’m very pleased to announce that Aminda “Mindy” Marqués Gonzalez has joined the Journalism and Women Symposium Advisory Board.

    Mindy is executive editor and vice president for news at The Miami Herald, the first Hispanic in that position. She started at the paper as an intern, proof to all you interns reading this that you can work your way up. I met Mindy when she interrupted her career at the Herald to serve as Miami bureau chief for People magazine, but she returned to the Herald in 2007 and served as multimedia editor, Sunday/Features editor and managing editor before being named to her current post.

  • Regional gatherings recap: July 2015

    JAWS D.C.: On July 15, Peggy Simpson hosted the JAWS dinner she had generously auctioned off at CAMP. Enjoying the sunshine on Peggy’s D.C., rooftop garden are Peggy, Kira Zalan, Arnesa Howell, Linda Kramer Jenning, Angela Greiling Keane, Nikki Raz and Emily Shenk. Missing from the photo are Bonnie Rollins (who was taking the photo) and Pat Sullivan who was on the phone.

    JAWS SoCal: Lottie Joiner met up with local JAWS members in Southern California following training as a National Journalism Health Fellow at USC. Shout out to SoCal Regional Captain Megan Sweas, who organized the gathering.

  • CAMP 2015: JAWS second Twitter chat #JAWS15

    Catch up on the conversation with this Storify, highlighting panels, workshops and money-saving tips for the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) in Montana from Oct. 9-11.

  • Board member blog post: Shaping a future for all professional newswomen

    GinaSetserBy Gina Setser, JAWS Board Member and CAMP Co-Chair

    Twenty-five plus years ago when I joined JAWS, the journalism world was filled with promise. If you were talented and worked hard, you could eventually get hired to work for a large news organization where you could, potentially, gain the freedom to research and write big, life-changing stories. If you were a talented male, it was pretty much a given. If female, a distinct possibility.

    Just a couple short decades later, that’s as realistic as a trip to the moon.

    But if there is one thing I’ve learned in my very fortunate life, it’s that the biggest opportunities arrive when big change happens. And if there was ever a time when a newswoman could define her own path, that time is now.

    But she can’t do it alone today, any more than she could two decades ago. That is why JAWS continues to fill a critical need, and why we have tried to build a program that provides inspiration, entrepreneurial and skills training, mentoring and leadership.

    So come to the 30th anniversary JAWS CAMP at Grouse Mountain Lodge in Whitefish, Mont., from Oct. 9 to 11, where we can work together to shape a future where all professional newswomen are treated with the respect that hard work and talent earns for them.

  • July 2015: Remembering the trailblazers

    Her passion was contagious. Sitting on stage after the Washington, D.C., Feb. 14 screening of “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry,” Marlene Sanders recalled both the battles she had fought in newsrooms against sexism and the battles she covered on streets full of protesting feminists. She told us that it had been a constant struggle to convince her editors to cover the women’s movement, but she persisted and succeeded and talks about it in the film.

    Marlene Sanders was a true pioneer. She died at age 84 on July 14.

    As The New York Times reported, Marlene started her career with ABC and later worked for CBS. She was a “first” more than a few times throughout her career, a role model and inspiration for so many women broadcasters.

    JAWS member Lynn Povich had this to share when asked about Marlene: “It’s just a small but meaningful thing,” she emailed me.

  • Board member blog post: Memories of CAMP

    AmyResnickHeadshotBy Amy Resnick, JAWS Treasurer

    In Montana in October, we will mark JAWS’ 30th anniversary. And I will mark my 11th CAMP.

    My first CAMP was in Sundance, Utah, in September 1999. I didn’t know more than one or two women there, and I was sharing a condo with a group of women I’d never met before.

    As with most JAWS CAMPs, it began with introductions over dinner on Friday and I found myself in awe. I was in a room of women who had the careers I aspired to, but didn’t know how to achieve.

    I spent that CAMP listening to conversations, over meals and in conference sessions, about what women could do in journalism, and documentary film, and politics. I listened to women talk about working as editors, producers and directors.