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 2017: Bring back treasures from the road to share with JAWdesses

    By Julia Airey, JAWS member

    The 2017 Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) is fast approaching! And that means, for those of you who haven’t attended one before, it’s time to start thinking ideas for the onsite auction!

    For the past five years, CAMP has hosted an onsite and online auction to raise money to help cover JAWS CAMP programming. Last year the onsite auction raised almost $4,000 last year and we are confident we can do even better this October. And the best part? While luxury items like watches and vacation trips bid well, so do handicrafts and clothing – so everyone has a shot at contributing!

  • CAMP 2017: 10 things to see in Hot Springs, Ark.

    The Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) in Hot Springs, Ark., is just a few months away. Be sure to register soon to save money on the registration fee. Here are a few things to check out during a trip to Hot Springs, Ark.

  • CAMP 2017: 10 reasons to attend CAMP

    Need time to recharge? Want to explore a new part of the country? Get ready for all this and more when the Journalism and Women Symposium arrives at Hot Springs, Ark., for the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP). Here are just a few things to look forward to.

  • CAMP 2017: 10 things to do in Hot Springs, Ark.

    Hot Springs, Ark., promises to offer fun for all types of travelers. Visitors can enjoy the outdoors, shopping, spa treatments among other diversions. Here are a few items to put on your list to check out.

  • CAMP 2017: Introducing this year’s fellowship class

    A young journalist who covered the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub last year and played a big part in the team that has continued to examine the attack. A magazine editor looking into launching a podcast about women, writing, working, and persisting in their 20s. A veteran reporter who has focused on highlighting first-generation and non-traditional college students as well as transgender Americans living in Texas. These are just a few of the inspiring women who have recognized as 2017 JAWS fellows and will be attending the Conference and Mentoring Project in Hot Springs, Ark., in October.

  • CAMP 2017: Call for authors for Books and Browse

    Are you an author who is looking to share your recently published book with friends and colleagues from around the country? If so, we’d love to showcase your work at the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) in Hot Springs!

    We’re looking for eight authors to feature at Books and Browse this year. The event is one of the highlights of our conference where attendees can buy books, meet with authors and chat with them about their work. It’s scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 28, from 6 to 7 p.m. at The Arlington Resort Hotel and Spa.

  • CAMP 2017: Call for JAWS Board of Directors 2017-2018

    Want to take a more active role in JAWS leadership?

    Join our board, where you’ll help make decisions that’ll impact a growing organization of 200+ members. We are looking for people with skills — or interest in developing skills — in finance, marketing, social media and just about everything else!

  • CAMP 2017: How to arrange your travel and hotel to Hot Springs, Ark.

    CAMP 2017 is just a few months away and we encourage you to look in to travel and hotel options as early as possible to save money. The conference will be held Oct. 27 to 29 at The Arlington Resort Hotel and Spa, which is located at 239 Central Ave. in Hot Springs, Ark. Hotel amenities include free wi-fi, complimentary parking, a fitness room, year-round twin outdoor pools and hot tub, entertainment in the hotel lobby Thursday to Saturday nights, and a prime location in the Historic District across from Hot Springs National Park.

  • CAMP 2017: Hear from past CAMPers, register today!

    Are you still on the fence about attending this year’s Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) in Hot Springs, Ark.? We have great programming and speakers planned for this year’s conference. There are also tons of fun activities, awesome sights and sounds, and good eats to explore in the area.

    We don’t want you to miss out on the opportunity to learn, participate in mentoring and networking, and recharge in a beautiful setting – here are some participants from last year’s CAMP on why CAMP is like no other conference.

  • CAMP 2017: Pay it forward with JAWS fellowships fundraising campaign

    By Nicole Raz, JAWS fellowships co-chair

    Can you point to the exact moment when you realized, “Aha! Now I get to be in a position to pay it forward”?

    I can. It was at the end of my JAWS Emerging Journalist Fellowship in 2014. The fellows and I organized on Twitter to take over the stage of whatever wonderful lunch or wrap-up session was taking place to say thank you to everybody for giving us the opportunity to be part of JAWS and 2014 JAWS’ Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP).

  • CAMP 2017: Meet Maureen Bunyan, Fran Lewine speaker

    We’re very excited to announce that television news anchor Maureen Bunyan has agreed to be the Fran Lewine interviewee at CAMP this October!

    Maureen Bunyan is a 44-year veteran of television news who anchored the 6 o’clock weeknight newscasts for ABC7/WJLA-TV from 1999 to 2017.

    She is known as a leader in the newsroom and an advocate for women and minorities in journalism. She is a founder of the International Women’s Media Foundation which serves women in the media in 100 countries. She is also a founder of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), where she was inducted into the NABJ Hall of Fame in January of 201

  • CAMP 2017: Nikole Hannah-Jones, Lynn Sweet to keynote

    By Marina Villeneuve, CAMP co-chair

    This year at the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP), we’re celebrating the act of veering off the beaten path and speaking truth to power.

    And in that vein, we are so excited to announce our two keynote speakers: Nikole Hannah-Jones, a domestic correspondent for The New York Times Magazine focusing on racial injustice, and Lynn Sweet, a columnist and Washington Bureau Chief at the Chicago Sun-Times.

  • CAMP 2017: First set of conference programming, featuring reporter’s toolkit and career building

    By Lindsey Anderson, CAMP co-chair

    Registration for CAMP 2017 is in full swing – and a slate of engaging and enlightening sessions is already lined up.

    Sessions this year are organized around three themes:

    Going Deep: Focused on specific reporting topics to build your expertise
    Your Path: How to navigate career hurdles and find opportunities to advance
    Reporter’s Toolkit: Concrete tips and tools to help you hone your trade

    Here is a preview of some sessions.

  • CAMP 2017: Register for pre-conference workshops on podcasting and leadership

    By Roxanne Foster, JAWS operations director

    You asked, we delivered: we have two exciting pre-conference workshops planned on podcasting and leadership skills.

    In 2013, men hosted 70 percent of the 100 most popular podcasts in the world (Bitch Magazine) and the number of women leaders and employees has remained stubbornly flat since the nineties (ASNE).

    All you trailblazers out there working to reverse those stats, these are for you.

  • Registration now open for the Manage Yourself, Lead Others JAWS Leadership Workshop

    In case you haven’t heard, we have two leadership workshops planned for 2017 – one in the Bay Area (June 24) and one in New York (July 28). Jill Geisler and her team of veteran media leaders will share their collective wisdom, as well as offer personalized coaching throughout the one-day, interactive training. If you’ve been thinking about attending but haven’t registered for one in your area, now’s the time to do so. There are a limited number of seats at the table and we’ve started sharing the news about them far and wide. Don’t wait because we’d love to see you there!

  • CAMP 2017: Get ready for the online and on-site auctions

    Meg HeckmanBy Meg Heckman, JAWS Member

    This year’s Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) is still months away, but it’s already time to start thinking about what you can donate to our online and onsite auctions.

    This will be the fifth year JAWS has operated an online auction, giving members who are unable to attend CAMP a chance to bid on great stuff while supporting a good cause.

    Last year, we raised over $3,000 through the online auction, and we’d love to beat that number this fall – so start thinking about what you can contribute. Luxury items and vacation destinations are always welcome, but services – editing, career coaching and book proposal coaching – are usually a hit, too.

  • JAWS seeks part-time operations director

    Journalism and Women Symposium is seeking a part-time operations director. See the job description below. The person we hire will begin in mid-September or early October and transition through the rest of the year with current OD Roxanne Foster before taking over on her own in January. PART-TIME OPERATIONS DIRECTOR JOURNALISM AND WOMEN SYMPOSIUM The […]

  • In memory: Marjorie (Marj) B. Paxson

    By Selma Khenissi, JAWS member

    Marj B. Paxson passed away at the age of 93. She is remembered for her leadership and trailblazing qualities.

  • July 2017: Meeting veteran and newbie JAWdesses near and far

    I recently attended the Investigative Reports and Editor (IRE) conference in Phoenix, Ariz., and hosted a JAWS meetup. Among the group were at least two students, current and former board members, past fellows and one future fellow, Chandra Bozelko. There were even two Brennas from Arizona sitting next to each other – Brenna Goth, a fellow at last year’s Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP), and Brenna Bailey, a University of Arizona student member.

    We shared stories about work, IRE and, of course, our excitement about attending CAMP.

    When it comes to our fellows, a JAWS tradition is raising money to help these young women come to CAMP.

  • Social media and branding webinar on Aug. 11

    Social media is an extension of your brand whether it’s for personal use as a journalist or on behalf of your news organization. It can make or break a first impression. It can also deepen relationships with existing audiences. But knowing how to shape content for various platforms can be tricky, especially because these spaces are constantly changing.

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