2017 Betsy Wade Legacy Fund Fellowship


This year the Journalism and Women Symposium is introducing the Betsy Wade Legacy Fund Fellowship. JAWS will select one journalist chosen for her commitment to diversity represented in her work and interests, and whose work reflects the value of journalism in safeguarding a democratic society. JAWS will bring this fellow to the annual JAWS Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP), where she will meet industry leaders and trailblazers, and have the opportunity to learn new skills and share her own. This year’s JAWS CAMP will be held at the The Arlington Resort and Spa in Hot Springs, Ark., Oct. 27 to 29, 2017. The fellowship is funded by the Journalism and Women Symposium Legacy Fund.

What is CAMP?

The annual JAWS CAMP focuses on strengthening core journalism skills, building personal brands and careers, developing strategies for success in our evolving media landscape, improving gender parity in our profession, empowering women in leadership and management, and encouraging a more accurate portrayal of the whole society. Participants enjoy a dynamic weekend filled with inspiring speakers, motivating career development sessions and rewarding networking and mentoring opportunities. It’s an experience that has helped launch countless careers, and it’s also ignited lifelong friendships.

What is the Betsy Wade Legacy Fund Fellowship?

The fellowship is named in honor of Betsy Wade, a distinguished editor and lifelong leader in struggles for women and people of color to participate fully and fairly in the profession of journalism. Learn more about Betsy Wade. The fellowship offers a stipend that covers CAMP registration and travel expenses. Fellows also receive a one-year JAWS membership or renewal.

What does the Betsy Wade Legacy Fund Fellowship entail?

Fellows will be asked to blog the weekend’s events for the JAWS website and participate in promotional videos to help spread the word about CAMP and JAWS fellowships.

Who can apply?

A working newswoman with at least five years of professional experience. We invite applicants from communities traditionally underrepresented in the media. This includes women of color, members of the LGBT community and individuals with disabilities.

Please note: The JAWS Betsy Wade Legacy Fund Fellowship is open to international journalists, but the stipend only covers domestic travel.

How do I apply?

To apply please create a one-time, free account with submittable.com and complete the online application, which includes:

  • A one-page resumé
  • Two samples of your professional, published work in journalism (links or documents)
  • Brief descriptions of your submitted samples
  • A personal statement of no more than 500 words, describing why you are a good candidate for the 2017 Betsy Wade Legacy Fund Fellowship; also tell us why you would need financial assistance to attend CAMP
  • Letter of recommendation from a professional source who knows your work

The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. EDT May 15, 2017.

Any application that doesn’t comply with these instructions will not be considered. If you have any questions about the fellowship or the application process, please contact co-chairs Georgia Dawkins and Nikki Raz at jawsfellows [at] gmail.com.

About Journalism and Women Symposium Legacy Committee

The Legacy Committee is composed of JAWS members, including at least one member of the board of directors. The committee develops special projects that enrich the work of Journalism and Women Symposium and honor the trailblazers of JAWS.


See also:

JAWS Next Step Fellowship

JAWS Entrepreneurial Fellowship

JAWS Diversity Fellowship

Emerging Journalist Fellowship