2017 JAWS Next Step Fellowship


Each year the Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) brings a Next Step fellow to our annual Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) for three days of training, networking and professional development. This year’s JAWS CAMP will be held at the The Arlington Resort Hotel and Spa in Hot Springs, Ark., Oct. 27 to 29, 2017.

What is CAMP?

The annual JAWS CAMP focuses on strengthening core journalism skills, building personal brands and careers, developing strategies for success in our evolving media landscape, improving gender parity in our profession, empowering women in leadership and management, and encouraging a more accurate portrayal of the whole society. Participants enjoy a dynamic weekend filled with inspiring speakers, motivating career development sessions and rewarding networking and mentoring opportunities. It’s an experience that has helped launch countless careers, and it’s also ignited lifelong friendships.

What is the JAWS Next Step Fellowship?

In the turbulent world of today’s journalism, women with established careers often need to explore new avenues for practicing their craft. JAWS will recognize these veteran journalists by bringing at least one to CAMP 2017, where she can participate in hands-on technical and social media workshops, individual mentoring and lots of informal brainstorming to figure out next steps and learn about new opportunities in the rapidly changing new media landscape.

What does the JAWS Next Step Fellowship entail?

Fellows will be asked to blog the weekend’s events for the JAWS website and to help JAWS’ fellowship fundraising campaign. Fellows will be asked to participate in and spread the word about our CrowdRise fellowship fundraising campaign throughout June and July. This year’s fellowships are financed by previous years’ of fellowship fundraising efforts. Fellows will also be asked to participate in promotional videos to help spread the word about CAMP and JAWS fellowships.

Who can apply?

Applicants should be at a career point where they want to shift gears and find new opportunities. They should have a substantive record of at least 15 years working as a journalist. Preference will be given to JAWS members.

Please note: The JAWS Next Step Fellowship is open to international journalists, but the stipend only covers domestic travel.

How do I apply?

To apply please create a one-time, free account with submittable.com and complete the online application, which includes:

  • A one-page resumé
  • Two samples of your professional, published work in journalism (links or documents)
  • Brief descriptions of your submitted samples
  • Personal statement (no more than 300 words) – Describe why you would benefit from the fellowship at this particular point in your life; also please explain why you would not be able to attend CAMP without financial assistance

The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. EDT May 15, 2017.

If you have any questions about the fellowship or the application process, please contact co-chairs Georgia Dawkins and Nikki Raz at jawsfellows [at] gmail.com.


See also:

Betsy Wade Legacy Fund Fellowship

JAWS Entrepreneurial Fellowship

JAWS Diversity Fellowship

Emerging Journalist Fellowship