JAWS FAQ

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Do you want to learn more about the benefits and services offered to members of the Journalism and Women Symposium? Do you ever wonder how you can join a committee or how you can propose a new JAWS initiative? Read on for questions to your answers!

About the Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS)

Benefits and Services

Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP)

Reaching Our Members

Supporting JAWS

Membership

Membership Dues

JAWS Leadership

 

About the Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS):

What is JAWS?

JAWS is a network of female journalists who seek to empower and support women in journalism and work toward a more accurate portrayal of the whole society. We are a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization.

What does JAWS offer that sets it apart from other organizations that focus on women in communications?

JAWS offers a level of professional networking, support and individual mentoring that our members say doesn’t exist elsewhere. One of our members described it this way: JAWS offers a network “unreplicated in any other journalism organization.”

Do you need to be a woman to join?

To learn more about who members are and the levels of membership, feel free to check out this page.

When are you office hours?

Operations director office hours: Tuesday and Thursday, noon to 4 p.m., MTN

 

JAWS Benefits and Services:

What are some benefits of JAWS membership?

Our growing network offers motivation, support and career tips as we share the ups and downs of the evolving world of journalism and strategize on how to make it a better environment for women. Some key benefits available to members include:

  • Mentoring that can be with a designated mentor anytime of the year and informal mentoring that takes place via the listserv or whenever two or more members meet up.
  • A nationwide membership directory available to members only that you can use to find journalists whose expertise you may want to tap or to find other journalists in a specific location.
  • A national listserv that provides job leads, career resources and a forum to discuss issues important to our members and to the mission of JAWS.
  • The annual Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) and regional gatherings around the country offer a range of workshops and skills training and conversations about the issues shaping journalism today.
  • The opportunity to interact with other motivating and inspiring women engaged in all kinds of journalism platforms and at all levels from those on their first job to those running newsrooms.
  • One of the major benefits of membership? You are giving back and supporting other women in journalism.

How does the listserv work?

Our active national listserv is open to current members only. All conversations are archived.

Regional JAWS groups also have listservs that offer local workshops, job connections and social events and may include some non-members.

 

Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP):

What does CAMP stand for? Do you actually go camping?

The Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) is our signature event and reflects our emphasis on mentoring in all aspects. We do not camp out, but conferences are usually held outside a city in a scenic location where attendees can use free time to get to know each other better by going on hikes and other excursions, in addition to offering top-notch sessions and speakers.

Where is your next CAMP?

Find out about future CAMP sites on our website.

Do you need to be a JAWS member to attend CAMP?

No, but non-members pay a higher registration fee.

Are there scholarships to attend CAMP?

Yes, through the fellowship program JAWS helps about a dozen journalists attend CAMP by paying registration, travel and lodging expenses. The application deadline is generlaly around May 15 and recipients will be notified by around June. For details, visit the fellowship page to find out more about the kinds of fellowships.

 

Reaching Our Members:

I represent an organization that is looking to hire/ offering a fellowship/ looking for award submissions. How can I reach out to JAWS members?

Contact our web manager at web@jaws.org and she’ll work with you to find the best avenue to reach JAWS members.

 

Supporting JAWS:

I’m not a member but I want to support JAWS. How can I help?

We welcome donations from anyone who wants to advance our mission of empowering and supporting women in journalism and working toward a more accurate portrayal of society. It’s easy to donate online and you can do it right now.

 

Membership:

What are the demographics of JAWS?

We currently have some 750 members ranging from college students to retirees to news veterans. Members are located all over the country and overseas.

What does JAWS do to promote diversity?

JAWS supports female journalists from all backgrounds. The Diversity Committee works to build diversity within our ranks and to assure that all of our programming and content reflects a broad mix of voices. As an organization, we train and encourage working journalists to use more diverse sources in their reporting.

Do you have to be a journalist to join JAWS?

Members include full-time and part-time independent journalists, journalists employed by news outlets, journalism educators and others involved in journalism and supporting it. For the description of membership requirements and categories, click here.

Does JAWS have a job board?

Job openings are shared by members on the listserv. We often get a heads up before a job has been formally posted elsewhere. We are exploring adding a more formal job board to our website.

Does JAWS sell or give away its membership list?

No.

 

Membership Dues:

How much does it cost to join JAWS?

We do our best to keep dues low compared to other journalism organizations’ dues. For more information, visit the membership page.

Are there any membership discounts if you belong to other journalism organizations?

Yes, members of Exceptional Women in Publishing (EWIP) and American Copy Editors Society (ACES) can join for our exchange rate of $35 for the first year.  We are working to expand these partnerships.

How can I donate to JAWS?

Visit our donate page and because JAWS is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3), donations are tax deductible.

 

JAWS Leadership:

Are there meetings?

JAWS has one annual meeting, our Conference and Mentoring Project, in the fall.

We also have regular regional gatherings organized by local members in regions such as New York, Boston, Washington, Atlanta, Chicago, Colorado, Los Angeles, Seattle, the San Francisco Bay Area and Frederick, Md. We are working to expand these regional offerings.

Who are the JAWS officers?

Read more about the officers.

Contact the current president: president@jaws.org

Who are the board members at large?

Read more about the officers.

Who are the JAWS staff members?

Read more about the staff.