Journalism and Women Symposium and Financial Times launch new fellowship for women

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Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) is pleased to announce a new fellowship for women of diverse backgrounds to attend the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP), an opportunity that will be funded over five years thanks to generous support from the Financial Times.

One fellowship winner each year will receive up to $1,000 to cover the cost of registration, travel and accommodations at the annual CAMP conference. JAWS intends to make this opportunity available to women who are traditionally underrepresented in newsrooms, including women of color, journalists in the LGBTQ community and those with disabilities.

This year’s three-day conference is Oct. 31 to Nov. 2 at La Quinta near Palm Springs, California. CAMP participants will enjoy a dynamic experience filled with inspiring speakers, motivating career development sessions and rewarding mentoring opportunities.

“As president of an organization committed to inclusion, I take great pride in expanding our welcome to journalists who are underrepresented in newsrooms — and news, for that matter,” said President Lauren Whaley. “I am so pleased that JAWS is able to offer this new diversity fellowship. Thank you, Financial Times.”

Stacy-Marie Ishmael, Vice President of Communities at the Financial Times, adds, “JAWS and the FT share a commitment to fostering and supporting diverse newsrooms. This fellowship is a tremendous opportunity for promising journalists to access outstanding training, networking and professional development with some of the top trailblazers in journalism. The FT supports women in newsrooms, media and management, and we couldn’t be happier to be partnering with JAWS for this initiative.”

The deadline to apply for this fellowship is July 1. For more information, visit the JAWS website at or contact Fellowship Chair Kira Zalan at

About Journalism and Women Symposium

Started in 1985, JAWS brings together working journalists and journalism educators and researchers from across the country to share resources, support, training, mentoring and information about issues that affect women in our field. We meet in person at frequent regional gatherings, convene at an annual conference and connect online in an atmosphere of mutual support. We have grown to more than 750 members across the country.

Most importantly, JAWS supports the professional empowerment and personal growth of women in journalism and works toward a more accurate portrayal of the whole society.

About The Financial Times
The Financial Times, one of the world’s leading business news organizations, is recognized internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. Providing essential news, comment, data and analysis for the global business community, the FT has a combined paid print and digital circulation of 665,000 (Deloitte assured, Q1, 2014). Mobile is an increasingly important channel for the FT, driving 60 per cent of subscriber consumption, 45 per cent of total traffic and 20 per cent of new digital subscriptions. FT education products now serve 37 of the world’s top 50 business schools.