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.

  • In Memory: Rita Henley Jensen

    Over and over, Rita Henley Jensen‘s friends and colleagues describe her as “a force.” They call her formidable and extraordinary. Jensen used those strengths to fight her way out of poverty and into an award-winning career in journalism, working all the while to amplify women’s voices and advocate for their health and welfare.

    Jensen, the founder of Women’s eNews and of the Jane Crow Project, died Oct. 18 of breast cancer, according to her daughter, Ariel Jensen-Vargas. She was 70.

  • CAMP 2017: What I’m looking forward to as a first-timer

    by Jennifer Oldham, JAWS member

    Sometimes I miss the newsroom.

    Not the balding septuagenarian who alternated between snoring, cursing at sources and trying to pick up thirty-somethings as they walked by.  Nor the editor who shouted instructions to reporters on deadline. And certainly not the mice that periodically appeared unannounced under our desks.

    But the adrenaline-fueled story meetings to map out how to cover breaking news, the understanding ear of a fellow writer and the shared satisfaction of a published byline are routinely lacking in my home office.

  • CAMP 2017: Party 1920s style on Friday night

    By Kira Zalan, JAWS member

    Why does the Arlington Hotel in Hot Springs, Arkansas have an Al Capone suite? Because the legendary gangster loved staying at the charming property and often rented the entire fourth floor. Legend has it he preferred direct access to the bath house, a clear view of the club across the street (now a museum), and the hidden exits in case of a raid.

  • CAMP 2017: What to bring to Hot Springs

    by Lindsey Anderson, JAWS member

    As we get closer and closer to CAMP, it’s time to start thinking about what to pack!

    CAMP is casual, so swap your suits and pencil skirts for jeans, casual tops and comfy shoes. T-shirts from previous CAMPs are especially welcome.

  • CAMP 2017: Where to eat in Hot Springs

    One of the joys of traveling to different destinations every year for Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) is the chance to try a variety of cuisines. In addition to breakfasts, lunches and dinners at The Arlington Hotel Resort & Spa, Hot Springs offers plenty of dining spots to enjoy.

  • CAMP 2017: Meet the authors for Books & Browse

    We have a multi-talented group of women authors who’ve agreed to bring copies of their latest published work to CAMP to share with our attendees at Books & Browse Saturday night (Oct. 28).

    Take a look at our list of featured authors and come prepared talk shop over a glass of wine—and purchase a book or two!

  • CAMP mentorship, changing the world together

    By Roxann Elliott, incoming Operations Director

    Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match…

    As we gear up for CAMP 2017, we’re once again calling for CAMPers to step up to the plate as mentors for their fellow journalists over the weekend in Hot Springs, Ark.

  • Check out your 2017-2018 JAWS board candidates

    What an election we’re going to have this year!

    The members running to join the JAWS Board of Directors are a diverse group ethnically, geographically and age-wise. Their experience runs the gamut from freelance reporters to newsroom staffers and public broadcasting leaders. At least one or two are past Fellows, have been regional leaders or have served on JAWS committees.

  • CAMP 2017: Group activities from hiking to wine tasting to spa soaking

    by Jennifer Oldham, JAWS member

    Once home to both President Bill Clinton and notorious gangsters—an interesting juxtaposition—this year’s Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) location Hot Springs, Ark., is also the oldest park managed by the National Park Service. The designation is meant to protect about a million gallons of the 143-degree water that flow daily out of the low-lying Ouachita Mountains to fill 47 hot springs.

  • CAMP 2017: Give and receive in the JAWS online auction

    By Katherine Rowlands, JAWS member

    One of our most successful and fun fundraising efforts for JAWS is the online auction, which will give you the chance to bid during the month of October on a vacation in California, a painting for your office or expert training in career-building skills.

  • CAMP 2017: Get social in Hot Springs this fall

    By Kira Zalan, JAWS member

    The Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa, which will be home to Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) next month, was built in the 1920s in the center of charming Hot Springs, Ark. The hotel is surrounded by forested hiking trails, natural hot springs, shops, restaurants and quirky museums and theaters.

    There are plenty of cozy settings for JAWS-style bonding, including an on-site, vintage thermal bath spa; an enormous, southern-style wraparound porch; live entertainment on Friday and Saturday (locals come with their own dance shoes); pools and jacuzzis (carved into the side of a mountain); and a bartender who knows how to make a mean mint julep.

  • Public Speaking Webinar on Sept. 14

    Join Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) for a public speaking webinar that will help you gain the confidence to get on stage and share your expertise.

    “Talk The Walk: Public Speaking Tips To Enhance Your Career” with Michele Weldon will take place on September 14 at 11 a.m. Central Standard Time.

  • CAMP 2017: Start a Table Talk conversation

    By Lindsey M. Anderson, JAWS member

    One of the best parts of CAMP is the opportunity to confer with women from across the globe, sharing our experiences, insight and advice.

    Table Talks at Sunday dinner are the perfect time for those conversations.

    As CAMP winds down after a whirlwind weekend of panels and activities, attendees can choose from a slate of themed tables for Sunday’s dinner.

  • CAMP 2017: Learn in-demand skills with tech training

    By Marina Villeneuve, JAWS member

    What’s your superpower?

    A 2016 report by the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism found that news organizations count visual storytelling, social media, coding and audience development skills among their most sought after hiring priorities.

    This year, the Journalism and Women Symposium’s Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) in Hot Springs, Ark. has you covered on all those fronts. Few of us can be a pro at it all, but it’s important to know the basics and gain expertise in one or two areas.

  • 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.

  • September 2017: The beauty of taking risks

    2017 is the year of journalism conferences for me. So far, I’ve been to NICAR, the Collaborative Journalism Summit, INN Days, IRE and SRCCON. Next, I’ll head to ONA, JAWS CAMP (still the best!) and the Agora Engaged Journalism Summit. I’m going to so many conferences because I’m taking a new risk, trying to start […]

  • Digital Communication Manager: Andrea Crowley-Hughes

    Andrea Crowley-Hughes is a writer and media maker with a passion for helping women and underrepresented journalists thrive.

  • Incoming Operations Director: Roxann Elliott

    Roxann Elliott is a freelance journalist and entrepreneur. She She will be working with Roxanne Foster the rest of the year and taking over the job of Journalism and Women Symposium Operations Director in January 2018.

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