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.

  • 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: Programming preview

    By Emily Shenk, JAWS CAMP Co-Chair

    Fall may seem far off, but the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) in beautiful Whitefish, Mont., is just a few months away! We are very excited about the 30th anniversary CAMP, which will celebrate our accomplishments together so far but also look forward to the next 30 years. What lies ahead for women in journalism? How will the way we tell stories evolve in the coming decade? What skills can we gain to become better leaders in our workplaces?

    We’re planning a lineup of interactive sessions to help you explore these questions and more. Early-bird registration ends June 30, so register now to get the best deal. If you need more convincing, here are some highlights that I’m particularly excited about.

  • CAMP 2015: Schedule

    A preliminary schedule of events for the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) weekend.

  • 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: 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.

  • June 2015: A safe place to share

    In response to the recent Tim Hunt immolation, I asked myself: Do co-workers fall in love with you? Or vice versa? Do you cry when criticized?

    Well actually, yes.

    I met Steve when we were working in the AP bureau together in San Francisco. We will celebrate our 38th anniversary next month. As office romances go, it wasn’t particularly torrid. We always seemed to work different shifts (the joys of the AP’s 24/7 scheduling) and after a few months he left to work at a local paper. I thought we had successfully hidden the relationship from colleagues, but they later told me they all knew. (No reporter wants to admit to being scooped).

    While I can’t recall a specific instance, I know there were times in the early years of my career when I came close to tears if not actually cried while being criticized. This would happen when I felt the criticism was unfair and that I was powerless against my supervisor.

  • Regional gatherings recap: June 2015

    JAWSDC_LakeJacksonJAWS DC: At least three dozen JAWS members gathered Saturday at Roberta Baskin’s breathtaking home on the bank of Jackson Lake in Manassas, Va. In addition to boat rides by Capt. Jim (Roberta’s husband and journalist), JAWS members enjoyed dips in the pool and great conversation at every corner. If only every summer day could be this magical!

  • Board member blog post: Journalist and author Patricia Raybon on book writing

    PatriciaRaybonBy Sandra Fish, JAWS President-Elect

    Photo credit Dan Raybon

    “Little hinges open big doors,” journalist and book author Patricia Raybon said at a talk on May 21 sponsored by Colorado SPJ Pro and the Journalism and Women Symposium at the Denver Press Club.

    Raybon and her daughter, Alana Raybon, are authors of the recently released book “Undivided: A Muslim Daughter, Her Christian Mother and Their Path to Peace.” It is Raybon’s fifth book.

    Their collaboration has been featured on The Today Show, the Tavis Smiley Show and more.

    In talking about her career – from reporter and editor at the Denver Post to journalism professor at the University of Colorado Boulder to book author – Raybon outlined the seven hinges that led her to book writing.

  • Meet the 2015 Diversity Fellow Charisse Gibson

    CharisseGibsonThe Journalism and Women Symposium each year selects one journalist from a community traditionally underrepresented in the media, and whose work supports diversity. The Financial Times is generously underwriting the JAWS Diversity Fellowship. A proud New Orleans native and the 2015 Diversity Fellow, Charisse Gibson is the Morning Anchor at KSLA News 12 “This Morning” in Shreveport, Louisiana.

    When not on the anchor desk, Gibson is reporting for her “Family First” franchise, telling the life stories of notable African Americans in Northwest Louisiana. Check out her story about the first black police officer on the Shreveport police force here and here. And the story of a folk artist who grew up on a Louisiana plantation here.

  • Meet the 2015 Entrepreneurial Fellow Claritza Jiménez

    ClaritzaJimenezClaritza Jiménez is a television news producer and video journalist. She produces international news as part of the Latin America team at Associated Press Television News (APTN) in Washington, D.C. Some of the biggest stories she has worked on include the shift in U.S.-Cuba diplomatic relations and the election of Pope Francis.

    Jiménez, who is a native Spanish speaker, started her journalism career at the CBS stations in Chicago and Dallas. She was awarded an Investigative Journalism Fellowship at American University’s School of Communication, where she earned a Master of Arts in journalism.

  • Introducing 2015 Next Step Fellowship recipient E.J. Graff

    EJGraffE.J. Graff first came to Journalism and Women Symposium’s Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) in Oregon in 2004. Like so many of us, she immediately fell in love with this raucous, welcoming sisterhood of other irreverent, curious, fabulous journalists ready to throw open their homes and contact lists whenever she asked. Since then she has served on the Board of Directors, chaired the fundraising committee, caused trouble, donated money and, with Jodi Enda, won the “Sneaky Shark” award at JAWS CAMP in New Hampshire in 2008 (go ahead, ask).

    Graff entered journalism in the 1980s, contributing to the then-marginalized gay and feminist press. During the 1990s she began reporting about LGBT life for the mainstream, and in doing so, helping to pioneer the gender and sexuality “beat.” Her work has since appeared in a wide range of publications, including The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, Newsweek, The Advocate, The New Republic and Slate. Graff has published two books: “What Is Marriage For? The Strange Social History of Our Most Intimate Institution” and Mass. Lt. Gov. Evelyn Murphy’s book “Getting Even: Why Women Still Don’t Get Paid Like Men—and What To Do So We Will.”

  • Call for Nominations

    By Melinda Voss, Nominations Chair and past board member

    On behalf of the Nominations Committee, it is my pleasure to invite JAWS members to submit names of qualified nominees for serving as an officer or board member of the 2015-16 Journalism and Women Symposium Board of Directors. Nominations are being accepted until July 1 for these positions:

    • Vice president
    • Deputy vice president (in place of a president-elect)
    • Four board positions

    Serving on the Board of Directors is a rich opportunity to contribute to JAWS, to help develop the organization and expand one’s leadership skills.