Drastic layoffs at BuzzFeed, Verizon Media, Gannett, Vice Media and many local newspapers marked a tough start to 2019. Layoffs this year have already topped 2,300 – and it’s only March. Research has shown that corporate layoffs hit women and people of color the hardest, and in recent months, talented and prominent women, including women of color, on the cutting edge of digital news or podcasting lost their jobs. That’s why it’s more important than ever for us to pull together and turn challenges into new opportunities for women journalists. We were proud to see our members leap into action […]
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.
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 (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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Journalism and Women Symposium sent a letter to Sinclair Broadcast Group Executive Chairman David Smith this week to express our concern regarding the “must-read” statement local news anchors employed by the group were recently required to read on air.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We’re excited to announce Andrea Crowley-Hughes as our new digital communication manager.
Andrea is a New Jersey-based writer and media maker with a passion for helping women and underrepresented journalists thrive.