JAWS, NABJ, NAHJ, AAJA, NLGJA Met with ViacomCBS Exec to Discuss Diversity and Inclusion

JAWS, NABJ, NAHJ, AAJA, NLGJA Met with ViacomCBS Exec to Discuss Diversity and Inclusion

Feb. 17, 2020 – The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ), Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA), Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) and National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) met with ViacomCBS Executive Vice President, Global Head of Inclusion Marva Smalls on Thursday, February 13, 2020. Candid discussions centered on diversity and inclusion (D&I) paths and the ViacomCBS commitment in the future following the merger of Viacom and CBS last December. The journalism organizations requested the meeting because members wanted assurances that diversity and inclusion were important components of future plans at the company. […]

How to get involved with JAWS in 2020

At Journalism & Women Symposium, we are starting the new year and decade with gratitude. Thanks to our members and supporters, we raised $13,003 across our #GivingTuesday and End of Year giving campaigns. Whether you gave a gift, shared our calls to action or pledged to volunteer, you have powered our big plans for the year. And we’re getting started right away – with your help. Here’s how to get involved with JAWS in 2020 JAWS needs you! Journalism & Women Symposium is and always has been member-driven. That means our ambitious plans for 2020 can’t happen without you, our members, joining committees and task forces […]

JAWS Webinar: Let’s Talk Money in 2020

It’s almost the start of the new year and money is often one of the areas in our lives that we vow to tackle. But, for many women, money is still a taboo topic. In Journalism and Women Symposium’s upcoming webinar, participants will dig into their money mindset and philosophy and also gain practical action steps. Register here to participate in the webinar on Jan. 22, 2020. Fellow journalist and JAWS member Claritza Jiménez will lead the workshop. We’ll dive into the following topics, among others: What is your money story? Earning more Three money habits to start implementing ASAP […]

Help women journalists start strong in 2020

By E.J. Graff JAWS needs you. But before I tell you what we need, let me tell you why. I’m on the board this year because I believe in JAWS — in you. JAWS members are my friends, my colleagues, my go-to wise women. You have gotten me jobs, given me leads (and swag!), taught me skills, helped me grieve over rejected work, poured me wine when I needed to whine, challenged my assumptions, and so much more. And JAWS supporters are heroes for helping to keep this vibrant community alive. I’m on the board because as Dorothy B. Gilliam and Mary Annette […]

2019 End of Year Message from JAWS President Mira Lowe

By Mira Lowe Dearest JAWS members, As 2019 moves into the rearview mirror, I’d like to bring you up to date — on what we’ve accomplished, and maybe more important, what’s ahead. What’s ahead includes more communication (demanding journalists need information, and more is coming!) and a call for your participation on committees, task forces and advisory boards. But before I tell you all that, let’s celebrate some of what we accomplished this year, together, even while facing some challenges. In 2019, JAWS: Hired our amazing interim executive director Eloiza Altoro and our diversity, equity and inclusion consultant Alicia T. Crosby. Eloiza’s worked […]

Giving Tuesday 2019: A story about sisterhood

By Tanya Gazdik I discovered JAWS at a turning point in my life. In the fall of 2013, my dying mother had just entered hospice. And I was quitting my daily newspaper job – a well-paying job that I liked — so I could spend more time with her. It was a scary time to go back to freelancing. But I knew in my heart it was the right thing to do. I attended Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) soon after, hoping to network and expand my freelance career. What surprised me was the heartfelt concern women — strangers — poured out about my mom and my own well-being. No one questioned or criticized […]

Collective wisdom moves JAWS forward

By Mira Lowe Trailblazing journalist and author Dorothy Butler Gilliam had a memorable and tweetable quote during the Fran Lewine Memorial Interview at this year’s CAMP in Williamsburg, Va.: “Let your phone be smart, you be wise.” As I begin my term as president of JAWS, I’m seeking to draw on wisdom — mine and yours, too — as I give careful thought to the work ahead and where we can go as a unified force. JAWS should be the leading, go-to organization for women in journalism — advocating for advancement and equity in newsrooms; spotlighting great work and achievement […]

JAWS hosting in-person and online Diversity Dialogues

Journalism and Women Symposium is excited to be kicking off the JAWS Diversity Dialogues. These conversations are being held in order to engage the imaginations of JAWS members as the organization considers what being more inclusive could and should look like. We will be hosting in-person dialogues in cities around the US but are also committed to holding 90-minute digital sessions designed to give you the space to lend perspective no matter where you may be rooted. Those joining online can choose to connect with us during our 3 general digital dialogues and/or two affinity-based sessions for women of color […]

CAMP 2019: New members and officers elected to JAWS Board of Directors

Results are in for the Journalism and Women Symposium’s 2019-20120 Board of Directors election. Join us in welcoming new officers and members to the board. The new board officers and members will join President Mira Lowe, Treasurer Deborah Douglas and Directors Jennifer Kho, Marina Trahan Martinez and Fara Warner. JAWS Sent out 465 ballots with 110 votes. There were a total of 12 candidates (including 6 write-in candidates). Carla Murphy will serve as Vice President, EJ Graff as Deputy Vice President, Alex Hinojosa as Secretary and Kyle Foster, Tanya Gazdik, Jane Isay and Kari Mar as board members. Read more […]

Not at CAMP 2019? Tune in to social media and live-stream

Not at CAMP 2019? Not to worry! There are many ways to follow along with Journalism and Women Symposium’s conference, which will be held in Williamsburg, Va. this year.  Social media  Attendees will be sharing wisdom from our sessions all weekend on Twitter. Follow JAWS (@womenjournos), and the CAMP hashtag this year, #jawscamp19. Also, make sure you’re following us on Instagram for photo and video snippets of the weekend. Tag us on Instagram so we can share your photos as you make memories.  Live-streamed sessions  We will be live-streaming three “Build” sessions on our public Facebook page. Like and follow […]

How to Navigate CAMP 2019 in Williamsburg, Va

Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) 2019 at the Williamsburg Lodge will be a weekend of learning and building new connections. We wrote this guide to navigating the conference for first-time and long-time CAMPers alike. While we are serious about our training and networking, we are relaxed in our approach. Whether it is jeans and tees or loose-fitting pants and casual dresses, pack whatever makes you feel the most comfortable. Bring a sweater, light jacket or shawl in case the temperatures are cool for early morning or evening walks or in the meeting rooms, and an umbrella for possible rain showers. […]

Meet your 2019-2020 JAWS Board candidates

J. Kyle Foster Title and place of employment (including city/state). State you reside in if different from employer: Reside in Marco Island, Florida Employment: 1. Trainer for Facebook for Journalists – a partnership between Facebook and the Society of Professional Journalists (operated out of NYC Facebook headquarters and Indianapolis SPJ headquarters); 2. Freelance journalists with weekly gigs as a travel blogger in Tennessee and the Orlando Sentinel’s GrowthSpotter 3. Various part-time jobs in real estate unrelated to journalism  Years a JAWS member: Since 1999 Number of CAMPS attended (including Williamsburg): About 7-10. Why you are running for the board: I  […]

Conference and Mentoring Project 2019: Meet the CAMPers

Micci Abbott is a counseling and psychology graduate student at the University of South Dakota who founded Loud & Brown Media in 2016 after witnessing a severe lack of diversity in student media. Since its inception, Micci has dedicated her energy and education to building Loud & Brown Media as an ethnic news entertainment brand working specifically with rural minorities. Her dream is to continue creating media reflective of people from all walks of life and ultimately utilize that media to help others achieve their full potential. In the meantime, Micci is occupied with her studies, her family, and helping […]

CAMP 2019: Introducing this year’s fellows

Three inspiring women have been selected as 2019 Journalism & Women Symposium fellows and will be attending the Conference and Mentoring Project in Williamsburg, Va., in September. Boylan vs NYT Fellows Amaris Castillo is a reporter and features writer for The Sun in Lowell, Mass. In 2018 she was named the Rising Star by the New England Society of News Editors’ Board of Governors. Castillo previously worked at the Bradenton Herald in Bradenton, Fla., where she won numerous awards for her reporting on breaking news, crime, and Anna Maria Island. Castillo is the creator of Bodega Stories, a series featuring human stories from the bodega. Her passion […]

Call for 2019-2020 JAWS Board of Directors

Take a more active role in the direction Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) is headed. Run for the board of directors to help us ‘Face Our Past and Define Our Future.’ JAWS board members help make decisions that impact a growing organization of more than 600 women working in news organizations, media and journalism and academia. We need leaders with skills, or interest in developing skills, in finance, marketing, social media, event planning, mentorship and more. Board members must have attended at least two CAMPS (this fall in Williamsburg counts as a second CAMP) and must attend an annual spring […]

CAMP re-imagined in Williamsburg Sept. 20-22

By Marissa Evans I’ve been thinking a lot about Mavis Beacon lately. Not just because of her digitized encouragement to stay on the home keyboard row but the times my mother used to direct my siblings and me to do at least 30 minutes of Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing. My mother would give us this directive because a) learning doesn’t stop even during weekends and summers, b) she would not allow her home to be filled with “peckers” and c) we had to make enough time later for 30 minutes of CD-ROM Spanish. We’d also troop to the local career […]

A message from the new interim Executive Director

It is with great excitement that I begin my tenure as the interim Executive Director for JAWS. I come to JAWS with a vast amount of experience in association and transition management. I am truly grateful for the opportunity to support the mission of JAWS and will focus on strengthening the organization’s capacity and infrastructure as we prepare for future growth. My priorities include supporting the Board’s governance, fund development and strategic planning efforts, as well as strengthening JAWS’ programming, partnerships and joint initiatives. During my tenure leading nonprofits, I’ve seen organizations become most creative, nimble and resilient during the […]

Live and Learn: Q&A with Jackie Spinner

By Kyle Foster Originally published in Media Report to Women Jackie Spinner is an assistant professor of journalism at Columbia College Chicago and correspondent for Columbia Journalism Review (U.S. Project). She was a staff writer for The Washington Post for 14 years and covered the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Jackie left the Post in 2009 and founded Angel Says: Read, an international literacy project based in Belize, Central America. In 2010, she returned to Iraq to start the award-winning AUI-S Voice, Iraq’s first independent student newspaper at The American University of Iraq. She was a U.S. Fulbright Scholar in […]

JAWS welcomes justice educator Alicia T. Crosby

The Journalism & Women Symposium is honored to partner with justice educator Alicia T. Crosby (pronouns: she/hers) in the next phase of our work to build a more equitable and inclusive organization. Crosby works with institutions, communities and individuals around identity, inclusivity and intersectional equity, and co-founded the Chicago-based nonprofit Center for Inclusivity. “We are elated to work with Alicia to make JAWS a more welcoming, supportive space for all members,” Interim JAWS President Lindsey Anderson said. “Alicia’s knowledge, experience and thoughtfulness will help us take the next steps in our equity and inclusion work.” Crosby and the JAWS Board […]

CAMP 2019: Items needed for silent and online auction

It’s time to get excited, and it’s time to start thinking about the two auctions that are used to help generate funds for the fellows’ CAMP expenses: the online and silent onsite auction. If you have donated to either in the past or have attended CAMP, it will work similarly. For the onsite silent auction, bring items and fill out a bid slip with info about the item and the minimum bid, then place it on the appropriate table, such as jewelry, books, journalism-related items, shark-themed items (JAWS!), purses and scarves, art, etc Please be thoughtful in what you bring […]

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