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.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Thank you to members, sponsors, partners and supporters for all your many contributions to JAWS. If you have already made a donation to JAWS, we thank you for your continued support for our training, mentoring and regional programming. If you are still considering year-end donations to your favorite causes, please include JAWS by making a tax-deductible contribution here.

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  • January 2015: Underrepresentation

    Women elected officials and the women journalists who cover them share an uncomfortable reality: We are both underrepresented.

    The new U.S. Congress includes 20 women out of 100 senators and 84 women out of 435 representatives. Only five of the 50 governors are women. Compared to other nations, we’re in the cellar when it comes to the number of elected women. We trail behind such nations as Honduras, Rwanda, Vietnam and Bosnia.

    And research shows equally dismal representation for women journalists at home and abroad. An IWMF study on the global status of women in the media found that women worldwide held only about 36 percent of reporting jobs. Last year’s study by the Women’s Media Center found that, in the United States, male bylines continue to dominate both newspaper front pages and the content of newer online-only sites.

  • Board member blog post: Age diversity in JAWS membership

    AngelaGreilingKeaneBy Angela Greiling Keane, JAWS Board Member

    There are many things to love about JAWS, but one of my favorites is the age diversity of our members. When I first joined JAWS in 2003, that wasn’t the case. But the members at the time— the core of whom had founded the group as soulmates in solidarity in the 1980s— realized that JAWS wouldn’t be sustainable into the future if they didn’t replenish their ranks. So they set out to do just that.

    I was recruited to JAWS by the indomitable Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times, who at the time worked down the hall from me. I don’t remember her exact words, but whatever they were, when she invited me to a reception for JAWS that was being held in conjunction with an Investigative Reporters and Editors conference in Washington, I don’t recall there being a choice of whether I would attend.

  • In solidarity with #JeSuisCharlie

    Join JAWS, 39 other journalism organizations and 20,000+ journalists in supporting our slain colleagues at French satirical newspaper, Charlie Hebdo. #JeSuisCharlie

    I-Am-Charlie updated

  • CAMP 2015: JAWS slogan contest

    *Update 1/18/15: Contest deadline has been extended to Jan. 31. Please send entries to jawsslogan@gmail.com.

    By Nancy Day, JAWS member

    The 2015 Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) in Whitefish, Mont., Oct. 9 to 11, is the 30th anniversary of JAWS. We want a snappy slogan to mark the occasion. In other words, a tagline.

    The board has created a competition to create and choose this slogan. Details follow. First, some guidelines:

    The best ones are pithy (S-H-O-R-T), memorable and include a key element of the organization — at best, its essence. When it hits the mark, it lasts for generations, as in “A mind is a terrible thing to waste,” UNCF (formerly the United Negro College Fund).

  • Call for CAMP 2015 workshops and speakers

    By Gina Setser and Emily Shenk, CAMP Co-chairs

    The 30th anniversary JAWS CAMP needs a program that rockets newswomen into the future, and the board is turning to the sharpest minds anywhere for suggestions—you. Can you think of a panel or speaker who will give us all the boost we need?

    Anyone may submit a proposal as an individual or as a team. JAWS members should feel free to brainstorm an idea on the listserv to flesh it out and find collaborators, then submit it to us here. Plan to be the prime organizer for your speaker/panel. Deadline is Jan. 15, 2015.