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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 […]

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: A path toward redemption and reconciliation

More than three years ago, I was asked by the Journalism & Women Symposium (JAWS) leadership to run for president-elect. And I’m not going to lie – I was nervous. I was nervous because I wasn’t sure I was up for the task. After all, JAWS has 600+ members who are strong, outspoken and very accomplished. I worried that I didn’t have the chops to be their leader. Thanks to the encouragement of women like Linda Kramer Jenning, Nancy Day, Angela Greiling Keane and Sheila Solomon (so many more I need to thank), I decided to run and became president-elect […]

JAWS seeks new Diversity and Inclusion Consultant

Dear members, I want you to know that Dr. Mary J. Wardell is no longer able to continue her diversity and inclusion work for Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS). In a statement she shared with the Executive Committee on April 18, Dr. Wardell said that is has been her “professional pleasure assisting the Journalism and Women Symposium through this most difficult organizational time as it grappled with the aftermath of the 2018 CAMP and the incidents leading up to the diversity crisis it faced. During the past several months, we have worked diligently to gauge the organizational climate of JAWS […]

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 listserv policy, because it would have a dampening effect on whistleblowers who are raising awareness of the serious issue of racial inequality within our organization. That said, our listserv policy does state: “You should not redistribute other people’s words or email addresses from this list […]

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.

September 2018: From Austin to Portland – and beyond

Traveling by plane, trains and automobiles to conferences across the country can be exhausting. I know. As I write this column, I am in the midst of my second conference in Austin, Texas. And while I am tired, I’m also exhilarated. I’m exhilarated not just because Austin is a cool place (and the destination for Journalism and Women Symposium’s conference in 2020!), but because I was allowed to reconnect with my inner journalist.

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.

September 2017: The beauty of taking risks

2017 is the year of journalism conferences for me. So far, I’ve been to NICAR, the Collaborative Journalism Summit, INN Days, IRE and SRCCON. Next, I’ll head to ONA, JAWS CAMP (still the best!) and the Agora Engaged Journalism Summit. I’m going to so many conferences because I’m taking a new risk, trying to start my own new journalism nonprofit in Colorado. And in the process, I’m taking what I consider some other risks. For instance, back in May, someone from Investigative Reporters & Editors emailed asking if I’d teach a Python 101 programming session at the Phoenix IRE conference. […]

JAWS announces new operations director

We’re excited to announce Roxann Elliott as our incoming operations director. She will be working with Roxanne Foster the rest of the year and taking over the job in January 2018.

Roxann is a freelance journalist and entrepreneur motivated by the stories and unique challenges faced by women in the professional arena (also, English Breakfast tea).