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.

  • November 2015: Thankful for JAWS

    SandraFishIt’s the giving time of year.

    Time to focus on what matters in our lives and be grateful for all we have – family, friends, home, health, careers. Time to give of ourselves to others.

    I hope that Journalism and Women Symposium is on the list of what you’re thankful for. I know JAWS is on my list.

    I’m thankful for the women journalists around the country who are my friends because of JAWS. Thankful that I can email or call them if I have a career question. Thankful that if I’m traveling, we can get together to share shoptalk. Thankful for CAMP, which is always an invigorating weekend where we add new friends to the old. Thankful for our email list where we can ask questions, draw on the expertise of others, share job posts, share the work we’re proud of.

  • Share your best work of 2015

    20151010_CAMP_038v2The end of the year is a great time to look back at our accomplishments of the previous year. So we wanted to remind everyone about some of the best work of our members.

    Please send us links to no more than two things that you are most proud. We’ll collect everyone’s nominations and distribute them in the December newsletter, as well as on

  • Got an idea for CAMP? Please take this survey.

    20151009_CAMP_005v2JAWS Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) 2016 needs a program that rockets newswomen into the future, and the board is turning to the sharpest minds anywhere for suggestions — you.

    Is there a panel or speaker who will give us all the mental or emotional boost we need? Please let us know.

  • Join the global movement by giving to JAWS on Giving Tuesday

    By Pamela Moreland, JAWS Development Committee Chair

    Giving Tuesday is Dec. 1, just around the corner. It’s the perfect time to make a significant donation to JAWS.

    Giving Tuesday is a global day for giving back, a day to turn around from all the consumerism that fills the holiday season and turn toward the nonprofits that work to make the world a better place.

    Not to brag, but JAWS is one of those nonprofits.

    The mission of our organization is to support “the professional empowerment and personal growth of women in journalism” and work “toward a more accurate portrayal of the whole society.”

  • Board member blog post: Making it work

    By Sarah Shemkus, JAWS Board Member

    sarah_shemkusAt the end of September 2011, I left my job as a staff business reporter at a daily newspaper to go freelance (and to move to a different part of the state with my new husband). I approached the new endeavor with a bright-eyed, bushy-tailed enthusiasm for all the new paths before me, for all the doors I could attempt to pry open.

    The road was not easy — there have been plenty of days when my tail was decidedly unbushy — but today I am a content, independent journalist with plenty of freelance bylines to my name and little desire to return to the pressure and politics of a daily newsroom.

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