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.

  • JAWS Entrepreneur Fellow reveals transmedia storytelling project

    Melissa LudtkeJAWS members attending the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) will be able to talk with JAWS’ first entrepreneurial fellow Melissa Ludtke about transmedia story-making and the story she is telling — “Touching Home in China: In Search of Missing Girlhoods.”

    In her early 60s, she took on a new challenge: she decided to learn how to use an emerging digital platform to tell a compelling story she’d been a part of in rural China. She is producing an iBook that lets her mesh video (shot by a bilingual crew she hired in China), galleries of photos, interactive graphics, pop-out text boxes and narrative text across a single platform. When the iBook is launched in September 2015, its transmedia story will be digitally distributed to global audiences through her project’s social media ecosystem.

    Ludtke’s iBook videos show encounters of American and Chinese teens that occurred when her 16-year-old daughter Maya, adopted from China as a baby, and her orphanage crib neighbor Jennie, each of whom was abandoned as a newborn in a farming village near Changzhou, China, returned to the towns where they were abandoned as newborns. There, they got to know girls their age who were raised there and those girls became their guides to gaining a sense of what their missing girlhoods might have been.

  • Board member blog post: A shared love of storytelling

    Judy MillerBy Judy Miller, JAWS Board Member

    In 1985, before many of you were born, JAWS began its journey that continues today.

    I was one of the lucky 16 women who gathered in Estes Park, Colorado, that weekend. Most of us didn’t know each other, but we all shared the love of storytelling.

    Rather than telling other people’s stories, we told our own. Some extraordinary, some relatively normal. We laughed. We cried. We hugged with affection and in support.

  • Jezebel founder Anna Holmes: CAMP keynote

    Anna HolmesI am so pleased to announce that Anna Holmes has agreed to be our Saturday night keynote speaker at this year’s Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP). She’s excited about it and so am I.

    Anna is founder of Jezebel and recipient of the 2012 Mirror Award for Best Commentary for her columns in The New York Times and the Washington Post. She is the editor of two books, “Hell Hath No Fury Women’s Letters from the End of the Affair” and the “Book of Jezebel: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Lady Things.” She now works as a columnist for the New York Times Book Review and as an editor at Fusion.

    Many JAWS members asked for her by name as a potential speaker, and we are honored to have Anna at this year’s CAMP.

  • Meet the first JAWS Diversity Fellow

    AmyStrettenThe Diversity Fellowship signifies the power of JAWS, bringing a journalist traditionally underrepresented in the newsroom to CAMP. By July 1, we received 54 applications for one spot and more than a dozen JAWdesses answered the call for volunteers to help with the selection process. JAWS thanks the Financial Times for its generous support of the Diversity Fellowship.

    Amy Stretten is a bilingual (Spanish/English) independent multimedia journalist, blogger and freelance news reporter. Stretten is Native American, from the Chickahominy Tribe of Virginia. As a mixed-race, queer-identifying woman of color, she draws from her personal experience, navigating the world through a multicultural lens, to share stories that matter but may otherwise be misunderstood or overlooked.

    Stretten has a unique sensitivity to what matters to diverse communities. As the National Affairs Correspondent at Fusion (ABC and Univision’s millennial-focused joint-venture), she wrote, produced and presented on-air stories and commentary exploring identity and the intersections of race, class, gender and sexual orientation for a millennial audience. Through her writing, she connected the dots between Netflix series “House of Cards” and Native American tribal disenrollment, explained Black American Sign Language and substantiated the need for femme/feminine lesbian visibility.

  • Meet the first JAWS Mid-Career Fellowship winner

    SuzanneCosgroveThis year we launched the Mid-Career Fellowship with the goal of bringing to CAMP an experienced journalist at a crossroads in her career.

    Suzanne Cosgrove is a freelance financial writer, editor and teacher who works on multiple media platforms. A former financial editor at the Chicago Tribune, she currently writes a weekly column on commodities for the Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones.

    She also covered commodities and managed funds for Thomson Reuters and previously was the Chicago bureau chief for Market News International.

    She is a contributing writer for Market News International and number of other publications, and is an adjunct professor at the Medill School of Journalism.