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 2016: Only you can make the JAWS Online/Onsite Auction a success

    a-neckerchief-1315912_640By Pam Moreland, JAWS Board Member

    With fewer than 100 days before CAMP 2016, it is time to get serious about donations to the Online and Onsite Auctions.

    We need your help to make this year’s auctions successful. After all, money raised by the auctions will help to underwrite JAWS programs.

  • CAMP 2016: The (casual) sisterhood of CAMP

    merrill_perlmanBy Merrill Perlman, JAWS Board Member

    If you are coming to CAMP for the first time, don’t be nervous. We’ve got your back.

    If you’re new to journalism, don’t be shy. We’ve got your back.

    If you’re new to being a woman, don’t worry. We’ve got your back.

    If you’ve never been to a journalism conference, don’t hyperventilate. We’ve got your back.

    As nearly anyone who has been to CAMP can testify, Journalism and Women Symposium’s Conference and Mentoring Project is different.

  • Transportation to, from and at JAWS CAMP

    airplane-waiting-for-departure-in-the-airport-picjumbo-comBy Bobbi Olson, JAWS member

    Where the heck is Roanoke, Va.?

    If you draw a straight line from Washington, D.C., to Atlanta, somewhere in the middle you’ll find Roanoke, Va. Roanoke is by the Blue Ridge Mountains, off the Appalachian Trail, in southern Virginia, at the tip of the Shenandoah Valley region. Yes, there are ways to get there.

  • CAMP 2016: Sessions

    20151009_CAMP_022v2Here is a preview of the sessions; more speakers and topics to be added.

  • CAMP 2016: Books & Browse

    BooksBrowseBooze1By Joanne Bamberger, Books & Browse Coordinator

    Calling all JAWS authors!

    Are you always on the lookout for ways to promote your recent book project or ways to connect with other authors? The JAWS Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) is the perfect place to do that!

    We authors know that promoting and selling the books we’ve written can be a full-time job, but the JAWS sisterhood can help you with that during our annual Books & Browse event. During this popular session, CAMPers can buy books by JAWS authors, meet the authors and chat with them about their latest work.

  • CAMP 2016: Schedule at a Glance

    See the slated activities, sessions and workshops.

  • CAMP 2016: Pre-conference workshops on data journalism and freelancing

    CAMP2016_preconferenceworkshopsAlong with our keynotes by Danyel Smith, cultural lead at “The Undefeated” for ESPN, and Aminda “Mindy” Marqués Gonzalez, we’ve announced two pre-conference workshops on data journalism and freelancing. The Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) takes place from Oct. 28 to Oct. 30 at the Hotel Roanoke in Roanoke, Va. Register for the conference today.

  • CAMP 2016: Danyel Smith and Aminda “Mindy” Marqués Gonzalez to present keynotes


  • August 2016: Women journalists on the campaign trail

    You may have noticed there’s an election going on.

    Many of us are covering it at some level; most of us are talking about it.

    JAWS members Jodi Enda at CNN, Lynn Sweet at the Chicago Sun-Times, Caitlyn Huey-Burns and others are out on the campaign trail. Joanne Bamberger edited the book “Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox” and is often seen commenting on the election (though not seen often enough). Meanwhile JAWS board member Angela Greiling Keane continues to stalk, I mean, cover the current president for Bloomberg News. Even I have been to see Donald Trump in New Mexico and Colorado.

  • Board member blog post: A safe space to vent about ageism

    LKJBy Linda Kramer Jenning, JAWS Board Member

    A friend, also a member of JAWS, told me recently about an unnerving experience on the Metro. Someone stood up and offered her a seat.

    She did not think that she looked old enough to warrant the offer. She’s trim and fit. When we talked about it, she explained that she didn’t feel “old inside.”

    I know what she means. Busy writing a story or grading papers or taking a break to go to spin class, in my head I don’t feel my age. However, I am happy to claim a senior discount whenever I can. I also like the fact that decades in journalism means I had notes from covering Hillary Clinton in the 1990s that I could dig up to use in a recent column.

    It’s not easy figuring out how to age in our profession.

  • Sponsorship opportunities

    The Journalism and Women Symposium is seeking partners for our annual conference Oct. 28-30, 2016, at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center in Roanoke, Va.

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