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.

  • 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: JAWS 30th Anniversary Twitter chat #JAWS15

    Catch up on the conversation with this Storify, highlighting programming, activities and resources for the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) in Montana from Oct. 9-11.

  • 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

    Details about CAMP 2015 hotel accommodations.

  • 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.

  • Member blog post: Journalists lament anniversary of Post reporter’s captivity

    By Jane Meacham, JAWS member

    On the year anniversary of Washington Post Correspondent Jason Rezaian’s detention in Iran’s toughest prison, a half-million people have been moved to sign a petition seeking his release.

    Journalists including JAWS members on July 22 decried Rezaian’s lengthy captivity by Iran under vague, unsupported charges. A press conference at the National Press Club led by Rezaian’s brother and family spokesman, Ali; Post Executive Editor Martin Baron; and attorneys working on strategies for Jason Rezaian’s release provided little encouragement for resolution of the case, but the jailed reporter’s brother sought more worldwide support for the petition to be submitted to the United Nations Human Rights Council.

  • JAWdess and 2014 fellowship recipient Elaine Rita Mendus featured in NYT Opinion

    “Shortly after graduating from college in Pennsylvania last year, Elaine Rita Mendus hopped on a Greyhound bus, hoping the $2,000 in her bank account would keep her afloat until the first paycheck. There was only one city in the country that seemed moderately promising for a 6-foot-3 transgender woman in the early stages of transitioning to launch a career.

    ‘I figured, where else will I be accepted?” Ms. Mendus, 24, said. “New York.’

    It was a rude awakening. The luckiest break she caught after a monthslong quest to find steady work was a coveted slot at one of the city’s few homeless shelters that give refuge to gay and transgender youths for a few months. It was a blessing, she said, but also ‘a really strange pill to swallow.’

    Americans’ understanding of transgender people has been shaped recently by the riveting, glamorous lives of the former Olympian Caitlyn Jenner and the actress Laverne Cox. The two, though, are far from representative of an economically disadvantaged community that continues to face pervasive employment discrimination, partly as a result of lagging legal protections.”

  • In Memory: Sherry E. Conohan

    “Sherry E. Conohan had a career in journalism that spanned more than 50 years. She began her career with a degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. She was vice president of Alpha Chi Omega sorority and was past president of the University of Missouri Alumni Association of New Jersey.

    As a journalist, she worked in Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, New York and New Jersey. She had numerous assignments for UPI and Gannett and traveled extensively. [Conohan] reported directly from the tumultuous 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago. [Her] forte was political reporting and also covered many of the larger New Jersey crime investigations.

    She won many journalism awards and was an active member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Journalism and Women Symposium.”