Mentoring at JAWS
Mentoring is a cornerstone of the Journalism and Women Symposium, bringing together working journalists and journalism educators and researchers from across the country to share resources, support, training and information about issues that affect women in our field. We meet in person and online in an atmosphere of mutual support, sharing ideas, connections, job leads and insights into our work. Started in 1985, JAWS has now grown to 750 members who work in radio, TV, newspapers, magazines, online and in academia.
Our mission: “The Journalism and Women Symposium supports the professional empowerment and personal growth of women in journalism and works toward a more accurate portrayal of the whole society.”
JAWS does an exceptionally good job of informally mentoring women in journalism through our members, who communicate in person, via our active listserv, through our member database, and with programming at our annual conference and at other regional gatherings during the year. We also have a more formal mentoring program for members, in which we match mentors and mentees to work together throughout the year. We match women based on the answers they provide in survey forms regarding professional expertise, location, career level and special requests.
What our mentoring includes
Our mentoring program provides support for:
How to sign up for mentoring
If you are a JAWS member and would like to participate either as a mentor or mentee, you can find survey forms by going to your profile on our members-only site.
How to help with the mentoring program
If you would like to help with the matching process or learn more about the program, contact Roxanne Foster at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 2014 JAWS mentorship opportunities expanded to a year-round program. We will continue to offer mentoring at CAMP for those members unable to make a long-term commitment.
“The Missing Mentor” by Mary Stutts
“Spiraling Upward” by Wendy Wallbridge
“Work Happy” by Jill Geisler
“Playing Big” by Tara Mohr
“5 tips for finding mentors even if you don’t work in a newsroom” by Jillian Keenan, at Poynter
“5 Steps to Becoming an Amazing Mentor” by Vincent O’Connell
“Are you qualified to be a mentor?” by Sarah Watson
How to support the mentoring program
If you would like to support our mentoring program, contact our development director, Kat Rowlands, at email@example.com for information about the fellowships, regional gatherings and conference events that facilitate this work.