2017 Emerging Journalist Fellowship


The Journalism and Women Symposium each year selects 10 women who are just starting careers in journalism as Emerging Journalist fellows. These fellows are brought to the annual JAWS Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP), where they meet industry leaders and trailblazers, and have the opportunity to learn new skills and share their own. This year’s JAWS CAMP will be held at the The Arlington Resort Hotel and Spa in Hot Springs, Ark., Oct. 27 to 29, 2017.

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.

Who can apply?

Emerging Journalist Fellowships are open to professionals in the early stages of their careers. We are looking for journalists with at least one but no more than five years of professional journalism experience. Winners are selected based on a combination of merit, financial need and their potential contribution to JAWS as an organization that supports diversity across race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, media platform, beat and location.

Please note: The JAWS Emerging Journalist Fellowship is open to international journalists, but the stipend only covers domestic travel. The JAWS Emerging Journalist Fellowship is not open to undergraduate students, graduate students may apply. We encourage undergraduates to become involved by joining JAWS at the student rate and attending JAWS events and regional gatherings.

What is the fellowship?

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 fellowship entail?

Fellows will be asked to blog the weekend’s events for the JAWS website and to help JAWS’ fellowship fundraising campaign. Fellows will be asked to participate in and spread the word about our CrowdRise fellowship fundraising campaign throughout June and July. This year’s fellowships are financed by previous years of fellowship fundraising efforts. Fellows will also be asked to participate in promotional videos to help spread the word about CAMP and JAWS fellowships.

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 résumé
  • Two samples of your professional, published work in journalism (links or documents)
  • Brief descriptions of your submitted samples
  • A personal statement (no more than 500 words) – Why is an organization like JAWS important to you? What will you contribute to the group? Would you be able to attend CAMP without financial assistance from JAWS (elaborate)?
  • One letter of recommendation from a current or previous editor, producer or supervisor in journalism. We would prefer to receive the recommendation letter attached with the rest of your application. However, if your recommender would rather email the letter directly to the fellowship committee, please ask him/her to include your first and last name in the subject line.

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.


See also:

JAWS Diversity Fellowship

JAWS Next Step Fellowship

JAWS Entrepreneurial Fellowship

Betsy Wade Legacy Fund Fellowship