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To pay by check:

Please make your check payable to Journalism & Women Symposium and mail to this address:

15 Hillsdale Road
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

DONATING TO JAWS IS SO IMPORTANT!

A healthy democracy relies on a thriving, diverse media and you can support that mission by giving to the Journalism & Women Symposium.
It’s easy to think the battles so many of our veteran members waged decades ago have been won. Sadly, journalism lags compared to many other professions. Here are some facts you may not know:

• A mere 10% of radio news directors are women.

• Only 37% of full-time daily newspaper reporters and editors are women.

• Women broadcast 40% of the news stories on TV, but are only 28% of the news directors – those who decide what news is worthy to broadcast.

• Women make up just 22% of Sunday morning news guests and only 20% of published op-eds are written by women.

• And on a global level, only 24% of news stories are about women.

JAWS relies on the support of donors big and small, in addition to our membership dues and earned income. All board members endeavor to contribute at least $500 and many JAWS members contribute to our Annual Campaign. If you haven’t already donated, your support is always welcome. If you have already given, thank you.

With record attendance and the most ambitious program we have ever created, the JAWS 2012 Conference and Mentoring Project relied on the generous support of many. The Ford Foundation’s Freedom of Expression Unit provided significant underwriting to help support CAMP. They were joined by the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford, the Knight-Wallace Fellowships at the University of Michigan and the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism in supporting CAMP 2012.  We also got many individual donations in support of our fellowship program to bring 10 promising young women journalists to CAMP.

You can also buy a book and help JAWS at the same time. In association with Amazon.com, visitors can buy copies of any of the books on the page linked below. You get a cut rate, and up to 15 percent of the purchase price goes to JAWS.

But giving money isn’t the only way to help JAWS. We need volunteers to help with the website, the monthly newsletter, regional training events and CAMP. If you want to give us a hand with writing, editing or pulling together the best event of the year, please let Becky Day know and she will pass your name along to the right person.

For anyone who believes that information providers must truly reflect our democracy, these statistics should be a concern. The lack of diverse voices is reflected in the coverage we see every day. For more than a decade, public debate in the U.S. has become more strident and polarized. At a time when the free flow of information is more like a flood, we need to ensure that journalists, and the companies that employ them, reflect the diversity of society and represent all facets of the news.

JAWS tackles these issues head on with a combination of training, mentoring, and networking that has proven to be a powerful bulwark against the industry’s economic turmoil and gender discrimination. Each year we bring a group of young women to our annual Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP), with fellowships and match them with mentors who give them guidance on career planning, self-advocacy and leadership and connect them with opportunities. We have offered multimedia training to keep our members competitive in a challenging environment. Indeed several of our members have launched online media organizations, including Women’s eNews and the St. Louis Beacon. Others have created their own entrepreneurial multimedia projects.  We are proud of our success stories, but we need your help to continue and improve.

As you consider who and what you support, please think of donating the Journalism & Women Symposium. Help us fulfill our mission of advancing women in journalism and working toward a more accurate portrayal of our whole society. Here is what your donation can do:

$30   Fund the Future: Fund our membership efforts to spread the word about JAWS to other women journalists across the country.

$75   Support a Sister: Your donation will be combined with others and supports the regional workshops we provide to JAWS members throughout the year.

$150   Commit to Change: We will pool your contribution with others to give more young women the JAWS experience with a CAMP fellowship or other assistance to help build careers for women in journalism.

$300   Subsidize a Speaker: Combined with other funds you help underwrite a CAMP speaker’s fees and travel expenses making 2013 in Vermont the best CAMP ever.

$600   Weave the Web: Help cover the costs of updating the JAWS website and revamping the listserv ensuring we all stay connected.

$1000   Swim with the Sharks: Earn your very own silver shark by joining the elite group of JAWS members who are committed to ensuring women’s voices are heard loud and clear.

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3. To pay by check:

Please make your check payable to Journalism & Women Symposium and mail to this address:

15 Hillsdale Road
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

Matching gifts

Seek a matching gift for your JAWS donation

This is an ideal way to multiply your gift by two or even three times. Recognizing the importance of philanthropy, many employers agree to match or multiply donations made by both active and retired employees and, in some cases, employees’ spouses. To learn more about matching gift programs, inquire with your employer’s human resources office.

Companies that match your donation to JAWS

  • Chicago Tribune Company
  • Copely Press Inc.
  • Dow Jones & Co., Inc.
  • Gannett Co., Inc.
  • Globe Newspapers Company and subsidiaries
  • McCormick & Co., Inc.
  • New York Times Co.
  • Reuters America
  • E.W. Scripps Co.
  • Time Inc.
  • Time Warner
  • Times Publishing
  • Turner Broadcasting Systems, Inc.
  • Turner Corp.
  • Washington Post Co.

Here is information about three matching programs. If you work for a New York Times company, a Washington Post company or a Tribune Co. business unit, here are the specifics. Please tell us if you have information about other employers of JAWS members and benefactors by e-mailing beckyd@jaws.org.

New York Times | Washington Post | Tribune Company

New York Times

New York Times Company Foundation matches gifts at 1.5 to 1 for employees of the newspaper and the company’s wholly owned subsidiaries. It also provides the same match for retired employees and for company directors. The annual limit per person is $3,000 a year, which evokes $4,500 in Times contributions. Gifts to educational, cultural, environmental and journalistic organizations are matched, and JAWS has qualified. The matching gift form must be an original, not a photo-copy or a fax copy. It may be obtained at company offices or by phone request to 212 556-1901. The foundation notifies donors, by e-mail, when a matching gift has been mailed. The Web site is www.nytco.com/foundation.

Washington Post

The Washington Post matches contributions to tax-exempt organizations, up to $2,000 a year for full-time employees. The Post double-matches contributions to organizations for which an employee is an active volunteer, meaning you serve on the board of directors or hold an active committee position. Employees send a form to the organization with their donation. The organization then returns the form to The Washington Post.

To access a form and instructions, go to the company’s IntraNed website and click on ‘online forms.’ Questions also can be directed to washpost@easymatch.com or 877-702-6381.

Tribune Company

“Tribune Company or its participating business units will match donations to most United States nonprofit organizations that are tax-deductible under Section 501 (c)(3) and 170 (b) of the Internal Revenue Code of the United States. Included are public as well as private elementary and secondary schools; two- and four-year colleges, universities, graduate and professional schools listed in Accredited Institutions of Post Secondary Education, U.S. Office of Education; state, regional or national associations of colleges or universities; cultural, performing and visual arts organizations; hospitals; social service organizations and a wide variety of other non-profit organizations.

“Excluded are donations to public television, public radio or their connected enterprises; the Robert R. McCormick Tribune Foundation; the United Way/Crusade of Mercy; places of worship; partisan political organizations; and organizations that discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, sex, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected classification in access to services, employment, membership, or in the selection of volunteers or vendors.”

  • Gifts must be in cash (check or money order).
  • $25 is the minimum amount for a single gift to be eligible for a company match.
  • An employee may make an unlimited number of gifts during a calendar year. Up to $500 of employee gifts will be eligible for a company match.
  • The company will match qualifying tax-deductible donations on a $2-for$1 basis.
  • Gifts will be matched on a first-come, first-served basis, as there is a limited employer matching gifts budget.
  • Memberships, subscriptions, fees, tuition or any form of purchase or payment for service are not eligible for matching purposes.
  • Donations to college or university athletic associations or their athletic booster clubs are not eligible for matching purposes.
  • At the time when an employee makes a donation to an organization, a preference to have the company’s matching gift applied for a specified fund or particular area of support may be indicated.
  • The company has final approval on whether or not a gift qualifies for matching purposes.