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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. […]

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.

Women making news for 30 years at the Journalism and Women Symposium CAMP in Whitefish, Montana

About 200 professional women journalists flocked to Whitefish, Montana, for the 30th annual Journalism and Women Symposium’s Conference and Mentoring Program Oct. 9-11.

JAWS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports the professional empowerment and personal growth of women in journalism and works toward a more accurate portrayal of the whole society.

Los Angeles Times managing editor S. Mitra Kalita led a discussion about the women feminism left behind as a part of the keynote discussion at the 30th anniversary CAMP.

Thirteen journalists were awarded fellowships through JAWS’ fellowship programs for early career, entrepreneurial, midcareer and diversity journalists.

Journalism and Women Symposium and Financial Times launch new fellowship for women

Journalism and Women Symposium is pleased to announce a new fellowship for women of diverse backgrounds to attend the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP), an opportunity that will be funded over five years thanks to generous support from the Financial Times.

One fellowship winner each year will receive up to $1,000 to cover the cost of registration, travel and accommodations at the annual CAMP conference. JAWS intends to make this opportunity available to women who are traditionally underrepresented in newsrooms, including women of color, journalists in the LGBTQ community and those with disabilities.

JAWdesses on Jill Abramson and The New York Times

Journalism and Women Symposium members often pen eloquent commentaries on issues and news of the day and the firing of Jill Abramson as executive editor of the New York Times was no exception. As our keynote speaker at CAMP in 2013, Jill Abramson announced to a cheering audience that she was becoming “the newest member of JAWS” and her tales from the trenches inspired many who heard her speak. As the first woman to lead The New York Times, she was a beacon for many. And now that Dean Baquet is in that spot as the first African American to lead the paper, he is also a beacon for those striving for diversity in newsrooms.

Our listserv has been full of interesting and thoughtful comments, but we wanted to also highlight a few of the published columns from our members. If you have suggestions for other published work on this topic by JAWS members, send a note to