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.

  • Top 10 CAMP social activities

    bring on campTwo local JAWdesses, Allison Engel and Donna Myrow, suggest a few fun outings.

  • JAWS Entrepreneurial Fellow’s report from the field

    Melissa LudtkeBy Melissa Ludtke, JAWS Entrepreneurial Fellow

    Not surprisingly, as an entrepreneur, it’s not about my journalism acumen but as my creation’s chief marketer that I am writing to you from the field … so it was yesterday that at a home in Newton, Massachusetts, in the company of my daughter Maya, whose journey “home” is the impetus for “Touching Home in China: In Search of Missing Girlhoods,” that we launched our iBook into the world! Albeit, for now, it’s just our pilot chapter … since next up is the typical entrepreneurial adventure called “crowdfund.” One week from now, on Monday, Sept. 22, “Touching Home in China” launches its Indiegogo crowdfund — after a year of totally self-funding its development (not from lack of trying to get grant funds), with a product to show, not just a story to tell, it’s time to ask for help in the way entrepreneurial projects do. To crowd-fund.

  • August 2014: Covering tough subjects

    Whaleyd0e0abDear JAWS members:

    These have been a troubling few weeks for journalists and for the world. And I am grateful for JAWS members who have helped to explain and reflect on what is happening through our network, support and work. Thank you for the posts and discussion on the killing of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown and the continued aftermath in Ferguson, Missouri and beyond. And thank you, too, for the coverage and conversation following photojournalist James Foley’s execution. In both stories, many people see their sons, their fathers, their brothers, themselves.

    I am hoping we can continue these conversations about the world and the role of journalists in it on the listserv, on Twitter, on Facebook and at our Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) at the end of October.

  • Jill Abramson to speak at CAMP

    Jill Abramson Dear JAWS members:

    I’m happy to report more good news about our Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP)!

    Jill Abramson will be joining us again and has agreed to speak again as well. We’re still working out the details of when she will talk, but probably at some point on Saturday, Nov. 1.

  • JAWS Entrepreneurial 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.