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.

  • Where we stand

    Dear JAWS members, The JAWS board has suspended Andrea Stone from the listserv for posting comments that violated our code of conduct and the values we hold as an organization. Andrea has apologized on the listserv. The board has decided NOT to punish people who shared Andrea’s message outside of the listserv, which contravenes our […]

  • JAWS offers free memberships to laid-off journalists

    In a first for JAWS, and in support of our colleagues who have recently lost their jobs, we will provide a free one-year membership to all journalists who have been laid off since Jan. 1.

  • Save the Date for CAMP 2019

    We are excited to announce that the 2019 Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) will take place on Sept. 20-22 in Williamsburg, Va.

    Cited by The New York Times as one of the 52 Places to Go in 2019, Williamsburg provides the opportune backdrop for this year’s conference theme: “Facing Our Past, Defining Our Future.”

  • JAWS Code of Conduct

    The purpose of this Code of Conduct is to enable courageous, generous and honest conversations, which are essential to achieving our mission. Our intention is to develop a culture of understanding and cooperation that will help us learn from each other, elevate each other and overcome challenges together.

  • An important update to JAWS membership

    Dear members,

    I’m proud to report that JAWS has taken several major steps to address racist and offensive statements made during last year’s Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) in Oregon.

  • JAWS stands in solidarity with Brittany Noble Jones

    January 14, 2019 | By JAWS Board of Directors

    The Journalism & Women Symposium stands in solidarity with award-winning journalist Brittany Noble Jones and other women journalists, particularly Black women, whose employers have discriminated against them because of their gender and race.

    Noble Jones recently said she experienced several instances of discrimination as a reporter working at a television station in Jackson, Mississippi, including her boss saying it was “unprofessional” for her to wear her natural hair on TV. Noble said her contract was eventually terminated.

  • The Journalism & Women Symposium receives Ford Foundation grant

    The Journalism & Women Symposium (JAWS) is pleased to announce it has received a $50,000 grant from the Ford Foundation.

    These funds will assist the organization’s hiring of a full-time Executive Director, in tandem with the Democracy Fund grant awarded earlier this year, and provide support to regional groups around the country. It is an urgent priority at this time for JAWS to organize and implement diversity and inclusiveness training at the regional level, and this grant will be a crucial pillar of that mission.

  • Journalism & Women Symposium hires diversity & inclusion consultant

    The Journalism & Women Symposium (JAWS) is pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. Mary J. Wardell to lead the organization in its efforts to create a more inclusive, welcoming space for all members.

    Wardell began working with the all-volunteer JAWS Board of Directors this week. She will focus on building the board’s capacity to be more equitable and to forge a more inclusive organization, including conducting trainings for the board, crafting regional group discussion outlines and developing an evaluation plan to measure the efficacy of those initiatives.

  • Help women journalists this Giving Tuesday

    Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) has been advocating for women journalists, fostering powerful connections among its members and helping them build their skills for more than 30 years — and we’re just getting started.

    To continue our work, we need your help. We are at a critical juncture in the sustainability of our organization — and JAWS is more essential than ever as women journalists face new opportunities and challenges.

    Help us continue providing value to members with a Giving Tuesday donation to JAWS this year.

    Some ways to help:

    Give on Facebook

    Contribute to board member Lindsey Anderson’s campaign (she will match up to $1,000)

    Donate via Network For Good

    Shop with Amazon Smile – a percentage of your purchases will support JAWS

  • CAMP 2018: Tip sheets, interviews and highlights

    Do you want to brush up on the lessons you learned at CAMP 2018, or check out info from a session you missed? Thanks to our 2018 fellows who prepared tip sheets and interviewed our keynote speakers, presenters who shared resources and attendees live-tweeted, we have a collection of tip sheets, videos and other media here. We hope you find it helpful!

  • Apology from JAWS board of directors

    “It’s never too late to drop your beliefs and let your wounds heal. Instead of wounding others as well.”  ― Adam Scythe, Immortals, Vol. II

    JAWS is an organization I have been honored to be a part of for many years, not just because it is led by women who broke down newsroom barriers for women but because it has provided me a safe space to vent about being a woman of color in mostly all-white and all-male workplaces for most of my career.

    Unfortunately, CAMP was not a safe space for many of us this year.

  • JAWS calls on president Trump to cease his verbal abuse of black women journalists

    November 10, 2018 | By JAWS Board of Directors

    The Journalism and Women Symposium condemns President Donald Trump’s recent attacks on members of the White House Press Corps, especially black women journalists and other reporters of color.

  • CAMP 2018: Jemele Hill Keynote

    By Jazmin Bailey

    The Top Five

        • “Artists are here to disturb the peace.” – James Baldwin
          • Hill said, “We cannot disturb the peace unless we face the uncomfortable truths about this business. It’s too white, too male, too elitist and it’s too corporate.
  • CAMP 2018: Building Diversity into your News Team and Content Tip Sheet

    By Marina Fang

    The lead

    In order to actually walk the walk on creating diversity and inclusion in your newsroom, you need to focus on retention, holding yourself to specific goals and broaden your ideas about and practices of hiring.

  • CAMP 2018: Fran Lewine Interview

    By Marina Fang 

    The lead

    Melissa Ludtke’s successful 1978 legal battle over access for female reporters covering baseball came from years of experiencing institutional sexism and working toward incremental changes. The story of her career provides lessons for women in journalism today, including the importance of networking, perseverance, creative solutions, defining your narratives, and simply doing the work, no matter how small the task.

  • CAMP 2018: Q&A with Elise Hu

    Presented by Amy Westervelt

    “Work-life balance” is a handy phrase for marketing self-help books, but the reality is,  it’s all life. And these two parts of life can’t help but impact each other. Elise Hu—former Korea  and Japan bureau chief for NPR and current staff reporter/host with NPR—walked us through those intersections in her JAWS CAMP 2018 keynote, framed as “all the ways I’ve failed to work for The Washington Post.”

  • CAMP 2018: The ABCs of Hard-Hitting Investigations Tip Sheet

    By Shaya Tayefe Mohajer

    The lead

    Opportunities for investigative work are hiding in plain sight: in annual reports, budgets from every level of government and your keen observations about your surroundings, be they physical cues (crumbling infrastructure) or listening to the informed complaints of the local community (what is the one hospital locals don’t want to wind up in? That’s a good place to start.)

  • CAMP 2018: Personal Branding for Journalists Tip Sheet

    By Mariana Cid De Leon Ovalle

    The lead

    Personal branding for journalists needs to authentically reflect your personality and be dimensional. Your brand needs to establish your voice and how it sets you apart.

  • CAMP 2018: Journalist of the Year Award Winners

    At Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) 2018, Journalism and Women Symposium honored women journalists who sparked change, who embody our mission to work toward an accurate portrayal of women in society through their reporting and who are supportive mentors. Please join us in congratulating the winners of this year’s Journalist of the Year awards: Journalist […]

  • Meet our new President-Elect, Treasurer and board members

    Join us in welcoming new officers and members to the 2018-2019 Journalism and Women Symposium Board of Directors. 

    The newest officers and members were welcomed at CAMP 2018 in Welches, Oregon.

  • CAMP 2018: Follow along from afar (or from near)

    If you can’t make it to CAMP this year, you can still follow along from afar. We’re all journalists, so you can bet we’ll be tweeting interesting insights from our fabulous keynote speakers and breakout sessions. Monitor the hashtag #JAWSCAMP18 for live updates.

  • CAMP 2018: What to pack for Welches, Oregon

    By Lindsey Anderson

    The JAWS Conference & Mentoring Project isn’t a regular conference—it’s a cool conference. So leave your suits and collared shirts at home, and pack these things instead.

  • CAMP 2018: Contribute to the silent and online auctions

    By Roxann Elliott

    We hope you’re eager for our annual conference at Mt. Hood in Oregon. As we finish up preparations and so many of you are planning and packing for an awesome weekend, we’re here to remind you of our silent auction!

    Each year at CAMP we hold an on-site auction, and we rely on contributions from our wonderful JAWdesses.

  • CAMP 2018: Online harassment roundtable with Committee to Protect Journalists

    The Committee to Protect Journalists will host a solutions-oriented roundtable at Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) in Welches, Oregon to explore women journalists’ experiences with online harassment.

  • CAMP 2018: Find your next read at Books & Browse

    By Lindsey Anderson

    Looking for a book to read? You just might find your new favorite at the Conference & Mentoring Project in Welches, Oregon, next month.

    Eight authors will share three-minute excerpts of their latest work during the first-ever Journalism & Women Symposium Books & Browse lightning readings. Then, if you like what you hear, head to the Books & Browse reception that will follow where you can chat with the authors, purchase their books and get them autographed.

  • CAMP 2018 activities: Bonfire, hiking, winery and more

    by Lindsey Anderson

    CAMP isn’t all business. There’s plenty of time to explore and meet friends new and old over the weekend.

    Welcome bonfire

    Get your witch hats and broomsticks and gather at our opening party—a bonfire with brews for purchase on Friday night.

    Mentor time

    Looking for someone to go to for career advice? Come chat with experienced industry leaders during roundtable mentorship discussions. Have a boatload of tips and tools you’re eager to share with other journalists? Volunteer to be a mentor and share your know-how with others.

  • Meet your 2018-2019 JAWS board candidates

    Disclaimer: Candidates running for Journalism and Women Symposium’s volunteer board of directors are often asked to run by fellow JAWS members. Candidate profiles that mention being asked to run do not represent an endorsement by the board.

    By Andrea Stone, Nominating Committee Chair

    We are overwhelmed by the number of JAWdesses who have stepped up this year to run for the board. For the first time, perhaps ever, we have competitive races for all positions. Wow!

  • CAMP 2018: Hear Melissa Ludtke’s story at the Fran Lewine interview

    The Fran Lewine Memorial Interview is a cherished part of each year’s Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP).

    This year, Edith Lederer will be interviewing Melissa Ludtke, an award-winning journalist who broke barriers for women in sports journalism.

  • CAMP 2018: Claim your courage at JAWS’ inaugural Leadership Symposium

    by Andrea Crowley-Hughes

    The #MeToo movement has brought attention to workplace intimidation and harassment in all its forms, and countless studies have revealed the gender pay gap to be a persistent problem, particularly for women of color.

  • CAMP 2018: Calling authors for Books and Browse

    By Lindsey Anderson

    Do you have a new book out that you’re looking to share with a couple hundred journalists from around the country?

    If so, the Journalism & Women Symposium has an opportunity for you: we’re looking for about eight authors to sell and sign their books during our annual Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) Books & Browse cocktail hour on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 6 to 7 p.m.

  • CAMP 2018: Introducing this year’s fellowship class

    Get to know the inspiring women who have been recognized as 2018 JAWS fellows and will be attending the Conference and Mentoring Project in Welches, Ore. in October.

  • CAMP 2018: What to do in Welches

    by Emily DeRuy

    Just an hour east of Portland in the shadow of Mount Hood, the resort town of Welches welcomes visitors with lush forests, glittering lakes and plenty of opportunities for adventure. And lucky for those coming to Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) 2018, many of the town’s offerings are located right in or just steps from the Mount Hood Oregon Resort.

  • JAWS statement on Capital Gazette shooting

    Any attack on a newsroom or journalists, no matter the motive, is an attack on the free press and the public’s right to know. We stand in solidarity with the courageous staff of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland. The members of Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) mourn for the people killed or wounded, and we support the journalists covering the ongoing investigation.

  • CAMP 2018: Kick off the weekend with a writing workshop and leadership symposium

    CAMP 2018 will kick off with two action-inspiring workshops: a narrative storytelling session with Lisa Heyamoto and the first-ever JAWS Leadership Symposium.

  • June webinar: Covering the 2018 Midterms with Data

    Are you watching the primary results roll in and gearing up to cover the 2018 midterm elections? With a record number of candidates running for 435 seats in the United States House of Representatives and 35 of the 100 seats in the United States Senate – not to mention numerous state and local elections – the midterms will be a prime subject for reporters at the local and national level alike.

  • CAMP 2018: Call for JAWS Board of Directors nominations

    by Andrea Stone

    Have you thought about taking a more active role in JAWS? Here’s an idea: run for the board of directors!

  • JAWS wants you! Volunteer at CAMP 2018

    By Roxann Elliott, JAWS Operations Director

    The 2018 Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) is just around the corner, and we need your help.

  • JAWS Statement on Press Suppression by the EPA

    May 24, 2018 | By JAWS Board of Directors

    Recent actions by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have called into question that body’s understanding of, and dedication to, the equal and unbiased access of the press. The Journalism and Women Symposium joins many other press organizations in condemning what is effectively the suppression of public access.

  • Women lead the conversation at CAMP 2018

    By Lindsey Anderson

    Women media leaders have taken over the narrative in an unprecedented way this past year, from the #MeToo movement to “The Post.”

    We will continue leading the conversation at the Journalism & Women Symposium’s annual Conference and Mentoring Program (CAMP) in Welches, Oregon, this fall where we will master new skills, make lasting connections and rejuvenate after another busy news year.

  • May webinar: The Power of Mentoring

    by Marina Villeneuve

    What’s kept you from becoming a mentor, or seeking out a mentor?

    The cornerstone of JAWS is our mentoring program, which is open to all members. On May 23 at 7 PM EST/4 PM PST, we are offering a free webinar about the “Power of Mentoring,” where we will address your burning questions about the essentials for first-time mentors and mentees. Register here.

  • JAWS and AIR partner to offer exchange membership

    By Rachel Sams, JAWS membership committee chair

    We mentioned in our April JAWS (Journalism and Women Symposium) newsletter that we had some exciting news coming soon about meaningful partnerships with other journalism organizations.

    We met our deadline.

  • CAMP 2018: Jemele Hill, Elise Hu to keynote

    By Lindsey Anderson

     ESPN correspondent Jemele Hill and NPR Seoul bureau chief Elise Hu will be keynote speakers at Journalism and Women Symposium’s Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) this year.

  • CAMP 2018: JAWS fellowship applications available

    Applications are now available for the Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) 2018 fellowship program.

  • April webinar: Kimbriell Kelly on investigating the police

    by Marina Villeneuve

    Want to learn how to track shootings by police in your community? Are you curious about how to go about investigating your local police department?

    Join the Journalism and Women Symposium for our upcoming webinar hosted by Washington Post investigative reporter Kimbriell Kelly, who was part of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize-winning team for the Post’s series on fatal police shootings.

  • JAWS statement on Sinclair Broadcast Group script

    Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) is concerned about Sinclair Broadcast Group’s decision to require local news stations to present a “must-read” statement without revealing the compulsory nature of the announcement, which characterized other news outlets as being biased and pushing an agenda of fake news.

  • Help choose the 2018 JAWS Fellows

    by Nikki Raz

    This year the Fellowship Committee, with the help of the Legacy Committee, is offering 5 fellowships to 14 women.

    We are expecting to receive the most applications we’ve ever had this year, and we need volunteers to help us review applications.

  • CAMP 2018: Fellowship application process to open April 13

    Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) will begin accepting applications for 2018 fellowships beginning Friday, April 13.

    Each year JAWS brings fellows to our annual Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) for three days of training, networking and professional development.

  • March webinar: Learn to make FOIA work for you

    In (belated) honor of Sunshine Week, on Wednesday, March 28 at 4 PM PT/7 PM EST we are hosting a webinar led by Amy Pyle and Victoria Baranetsky of Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting

    Amy, editor-in-chief of Reveal, will guide us in the aggressive, specific use of Freedom of Access laws to hold our public officials accountable. She will draw upon her expertise leading a team of editors, reporters and producers who produce unique in-depth national stories.

    Victoria, General Counsel at Reveal, has worked for the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press on matters involving the intersection of technology and media law, access as well as privacy and government surveillance.

  • CAMP 2018: Apply for a JAWS Fellowship this April

    Each year the Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) brings fellows to our annual Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) for three days of training, networking and professional development.

  • Breaking Barriers

    By Lottie Joiner

    “The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.”
    Ida B. Wells-Barnett

  • Webinar: Learn about the JAWS Fellowship experience

    “Everyone has been incredibly warm, welcoming, open and so willing to help and to share their stories.”

    “This is a home I’d been looking for but didn’t realize I needed.”

    “I think it provides that community your newsroom could be missing.”

    Each year the Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) brings fellows to our annual Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) retreat for three days of training, networking and professional development. And the above quotes are just a few of the glowing things past fellows had to say about attending CAMP.

  • Crunch time – propose a CAMP panel by Feb. 2

    By Roxann Elliott

    It’s crunch time!

    No, that’s not a cruel rallying cry to double down on your waning New Year’s resolutions. You’re beautiful and fierce and no one cares how many crunches you did today.

    Instead, we’re here to remind your fabulous selves that the deadline for CAMP programming proposals is this Friday. We need some savvy, passionate women to step up and take charge of organizing panels for our 2018 CAMP retreat in Welches, Oregon.

  • CAMP 2018: Organize a panel or session

    By Lindsey Anderson

    Journalism and Women Symposium really needs you—yes, you!—and your wonderful ideas!

    are accepting proposals for panels and workshops for this year’s Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) in Oregon, and we’re extending the deadline to Friday, Feb. 2.

  • December 2017: We need your help

    As 2017 comes to a close, I want to thank our members and staff for all their hard work.

    Your grit and dedication paid off with a successful CAMP, where women of all ages and backgrounds came together in Hot Springs, Ark. to recognize, inspire and grow as women in journalism.

  • Give to JAWS by Dec. 31 and double your impact

    Are you looking to give a priceless gift to women in journalism this giving season? With a year-end donation to Journalism and Women Symposium, you can double your impact.

  • Call for panels for CAMP 2018

    The most beautiful thing about Journalism and Women Symposium is that it’s built on us women sharing our stories, tips and tools of the trade with each other. The annual Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) is the pinnacle of that sisterhood. And that’s why we need your help.

  • November 2017: Dream Big

    My first time at JAWS camp transformed me.

    It was 1993, and I had recently arrived at the San Francisco Chronicle from the Associated Press, where I was lucky enough to learn from Linda Deutsch and other great journalists in Los Angeles.

  • Thanks for your support on Giving Tuesday

    The giving season started yesterday with Giving Tuesday, and by the end of the day Journalism and Women Symposium had many reasons to feel the love.

  • Join JAWS for Giving Tuesday 2017

    Energized by CAMP 2017 and inspired by the season of giving, Journalism and Women Symposium is looking toward 2018 as an opportunity to bolster our interactive and welcoming community for women in journalism.

  • CAMP 2017: Covering the working class with care and consciousness

    Story by Nesima Aberra, 2017 JAWS Fellow | Photo by Erica Yoon, CAMP photographer

    Close your eyes and imagine a working class American. What pops up for you? A white man? A black woman? Someone from rural Kentucky or D.C.?

  • CAMP 2017: Reporting around the globe

    Story by Christal Hayes, 2017 JAWS Fellow | Photo by Erica Yoon, CAMP photographer

    It isn’t just war zones where your life can be in danger.

    The story of Kim Wall, a Swedish reporter brutally killed while working on a freelance story aboard a privately owned submarine, reminded foreign correspondents and freelancers working overseas that even in a relatively safe country, everyone is vulnerable.

  • CAMP 2017: Getting interviewees to open up

    Story by Lauren McGaughy, 2017 JAWS Fellow | Photo by Erica Yoon, CAMP photographer

    Know the subject, never give up and, when the time comes, shut the hell up. These were some of the tips to on getting interviewees to pen up about difficult subjects like corruption, violence and identity.

  • CAMP 2017: How to write clean copy on deadline

    Story by Monica Vendituoli, 2017 JAWS Fellow | Photo by Erica Yoon, CAMP photographer

    The key to combatting common self-editing issues is tricking the brain into thinking the material is new.

  • CAMP 2017: How to go viral with videos

    Story by Lauren McGaughy, 2017 JAWS Fellow | Photo by Erica Yoon, CAMP photographer

    Going viral on Facebook takes more than just a catchy headline or outrageous content. For journalists who want to feature serious subjects and highlight important discussions of the day, Facebook videos must be carefully tailored to grab and keep hold of the audience.

  • CAMP 2017: Building a toolbox to counteract bias

    Story by Louise Dewast, 2017 JAWS Fellow | Photo by Erica Yoon, CAMP photographer

    Being aware of your own biases is the first step in counteracting bias in your journalism, Jenée Desmond-Harris, op-ed editor at The New York Times based in Palo Alto, Calif. and Tonya Mosley, Silicon Valley correspondent and host for KQED in San Francisco, Calif. told CAMP 2017 participants.

  • CAMP 2017: Big scoops on a small budget

    Story by Lisa Thomson, 2017 JAWS Fellow | Photo by Erica Yoon, CAMP photographer

    Lucia Walinchus lead the Sunday morning reporter’s toolkit session, Big Scoops on a Small Budget: Investigative Reporting for Freelancers and Small Newsrooms at CAMP 2017. During her session, Walinchus, a freelance journalist, provided tips for finding and reporting investigative stories.

  • CAMP 2017: Thriving on the statehouse beat

    Story by Monica Vendituoli, 2017 JAWS Fellow | Photo by Erica Yoon, CAMP photographer

    The statehouse can be one of the most important beats in journalism.

  • CAMP 2017: Connections can be the key to side gigs

    Story by Amanda Woytus, 2017 JAWS Fellow | Photo by Erica Yoon, CAMP photographer

    If 2017 is the year of the side gig, Michele Weldon, author, journalist, senior leader with The OpEd Project and editorial director of Take the Lead, hopes for an especially creative job.

  • CAMP 2017: StoryCorps Project records mosaic of conversations

    Story by Mia Warren, 2017 JAWS Fellow | Photo by Erica Yoon, CAMP photographer

    In her 20s, Karen Michel moved to an Eskimo village in Alaska to teach art. The transplanted New Yorker didn’t know a thing about producing radio. That didn’t stop her from applying for a job at a station in Fairbanks.

  • CAMP 2017: Nikole Hannah-Jones on women who are ‘not supposed to be here’

    Story by Nesima Aberra, 2017 JAWS Fellow | Photo by Erica Yoon, CAMP photographer

    While Nikole Hannah-Jones may be one of the newest recipients of the MacArthur “genius grant” fellowship, the New York Times magazine investigative reporter has often been seen as a woman who is “not supposed to be here.”

  • CAMP 2017: Advice for aspiring authors

    Story by Corinne Boyer, 2017 JAWS Fellow | Photo by Erica Yoon, CAMP photographer

    Before you even think of tackling that book proposal, you need to ask yourself a lot of questions.

    Two publishing experts, Jane Isay and Gail Ross, hosted “Your Path: So, You Want to Write a Book?” discussing book ideas, proposals and outlining the “table test”— a set of criteria for finding a book deal—at the Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) Conference and Mentoring Project in Hot Springs, Ark.

  • CAMP 2017: Finding the leader in you

    Story by Lauren McGaughy and Louise Dewast, 2017 JAWS Fellow | Photo by Louise Dewast

    The quality of your relationships with co-workers keeps the engine of success running. This was the lesson delivered at the “Finding the Leader in You” workshop lead by Tara Puckey, ‎Associate Executive Director at the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), at Journalism and Women Symposium’s 2017 Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP).

  • CAMP 2017: 6 questions to ask before podcasting (plus 7 you should be listening to)

    Story by Amanda Woytus, 2017 JAWS Fellow | Photo by Erica Yoon, CAMP photographer

    One question is on the mind of every journalist in 2017: Should I make a podcast?

    “I bet you know what I’m going to tell you,” said Tara Anderson, producer and host of the podcast Five Things, from Louisville Public Media in Louisville, Ky.

  • CAMP 2017: Cracking the podcast code

    Story by Yael Even Or, 2017 JAWS Fellow | Photo by Erica Yoon, CAMP photographer

    Podcasts are the new blogs. Everyone from journalists to commentators to comedians wants one. With over 300,000 podcasts on iTunes, how do you make yours stand out from the crowd?

    That was the premise of a day-long workshop on Oct. 27 to help Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) members figure out how to stand out in a crowded market. The workshop was led by Tara Anderson, host and producer of the “Five Things” podcast, in which she conducts interviews through a “show and tell” activity – asking guests to describe the objects that tell their stories.

  • CAMP 2017: Learning about photojournalism on phones

    Story by Corinne Boyer, 2017 JAWS Fellow | Photo by Erica Yoon, CAMP photographer

    Journalists are continually asked to do more with less. That includes doing their own photography, which is a whole new experience for some.

  • CAMP 2017: Doing more with less in community journalism

    Story by Brooke Lewis, 2017 JAWS Fellow

    Amy Wu wants others to know they can do it too. When the veteran journalist began working at The Salinas Californian more than a year and a half ago, she faced a daunting task.

  • CAMP 2017: Resilience and tactics for reporting on trauma

    Story and photo by Louise Dewast, 2017 JAWS Fellow

    Trauma and resilience are two words that people forget are compatible. This wisdom is especially important for journalists to remember.

    While everyone deals with negative emotions, as reporters in the field, many of us have experienced disturbing scenes or interviewed survivors of traumatic events. The after-effects of these encounters often leave us emotionally depleted. We find ourselves asking, “How do I cope and keep doing my job?”

  • CAMP 2017: Social Media for Newsrooms: Not as easy as it sounds

    Story by Nesimaa Aberra, 2017 JAWS Fellow | Photo by Andrea Crowley-Hughes, JAWS Communication Manager

    For anyone who thinks managing social media in a newsroom simply entails tweeting or posting a story link on Facebook, think again. According to Renee Ernst, producer of social publishing at CNN, it means being a gatekeeper of breaking news with an extreme amount of responsibility.

  • Journalism and Women Symposium statement on sexual harassment claims at NPR

    The Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) organization, which advocates for and supports women journalists, condemns in strongest terms the apparent abuses of power and inappropriate, predatory and sexist behavior that are coming to light with developments such as NPR Senior Vice President of News Mike Oreskes’ resignation following accusations of sexual harassment.

  • CAMP 2017: Journalists work toward an awareness of bias

    Story by Chandra Bozelko, 2017 JAWS Fellow

    After leading a plenary session, “Slow Thinking: Self-Audits and Superior Sources: A Toolbox for Counteracting Bias,” New York Times op-ed editor Jenée Desmond-Harris and KQED host Tonya Mosley led an Implicit Bias Training Debrief for approximately 25 attendees of Journalism and Women Symposium’s Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) in Hot Springs, Ark.

  • CAMP 2017: Reporting responsibly on health care issues

    Story and photo by Mia Warren, 2017 JAWS Fellow

    The first step in reporting on health care crises, said Mary Meehan, is “do no harm.” Mary — a journalist at the Ohio Valley Resource — used the Zika virus as an example.

  • CAMP 2017: Using metrics to magnify your journalism

    Story by Lisa Thomson, 2017 JAWS Fellow | Photo by Andrea Crowley-Hughes, JAWS Communication Manager

    Speakers from the American Press Institute offered insight into the purpose and value of media analytics, along with a few platform suggestions, at the Journalism and Women Symposium’s annual conference on Sunday, Oct. 29. The “Metrics to Magnify Your Journalism” panel was led by Liz Worthington (director of content strategy), Amy Kovac-Ashley (senior newsroom learning program manager) and Katie Kutsko (assistant program manager).

  • CAMP 2017: Lynn Sweet on media’s mission in Trump age

    Story by Chandra Bozelko, 2017 JAWS Fellow | Photo by Erica Yoon, CAMP photographer

    Lynn Sweet, the Chicago Sun-Times Washington bureau chief, spoke at a luncheon at the Journalism and Women Symposium’s Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) 2017 on Saturday, Oct. 28.

  • New officers and members elected to the 2017-2018 JAWS Board of Directors

    Journalism & Women Symposium logoResults are in for the Journalism and Women Symposium’s 2017-2018 Board of Directors election. Join us in welcoming new officers and members to the board.

  • JAWS Talks project to preserve our stories

    StoryCorps has a new outreach program. allows organizations to form their own communities, where they can create and house their oral archives.

  • CAMP 2017: Follow along from near and far with hashtags

    By Lindsey Anderson, JAWS member

    Bummed you can’t make it to Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) this year? You can still follow the goings-on in Hot Springs from afar.

    Like all good journalists, dozens of attendees will be tweeting from each conference session. Check out the hashtag #jaws17 on social media for panel highlights and the low-down on the latest in journalism.

  • Bid in the JAWS 2017 online auction

    Get ready to bid!

    The annual online auction for Journalism and Women Symposium is now open, giving you one week to bid on a California vacation, a leadership coaching session or a guided stroll in Central Park — all while raising money to support the mentoring, training and support provided by Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS).

  • 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.

  • 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: 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: 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.

  • 2018 Annual Report

    Read and download the 2018 Annual Report here.

    The report contains snapshots of JAWS’ efforts and outreach throughout the year, a timeline of major milestones, highlights from recent keynote speeches and financial information.

  • December 2018: A year of growth and change

    In 1985, a group of women who had led the fight to achieve equity in newsrooms formed the Journalism & Women Symposium (JAWS).

    This group’s hope? Create a network of women who support one another, learn new skills and ultimately thrive in the industry.

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