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CAMP 2019: Meet the CAMP Committee

The CAMP 2019 Committee is hard at work making CAMP 2019 an active and reflective weekend where women journalists can gather to make connections, gain skills and spark new projects. We hope you will meet them face to face in Williamsburg, Va. Sept. 20-22. Register by June 30 to get the early-bird rate. CAMP Co-Chair Mira Lowe Mira Lowe, the president-elect of JAWS, is assistant dean for student experiences at the University of Florida, College of Journalism and Communications, where she serves as the team leader and facilitator for all administrators who oversee the college’s venues for professional immersion. She […]

CAMP 2019: Why Williamsburg?

By Sheila Solomon I’m excited Williamsburg is the site of this year’s CAMP. Having grown up a few miles away in Newport News, I can’t count the number of times Williamsburg figured into both my leisure and learning. It’s still a place I miss and I try and visit whenever I’m in the area. What’s important to understand is that the truth of the settlement is still being uncovered. It was never as simple as white colonists, slaves and Native Americans — though that’s what we were taught until the voices for change got louder and louder in the 1980s. […]

JAWS CAMP 2019 Speakers: Trailblazers and Truth Tellers

BREAKING: Line-up for annual gathering of women journalists includes first African American journalist hired by The Washington Post, first Native woman graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Journalism program and first African American CEO of the Center for Public Integrity. The Journalism and Women Symposium is proud to announce the keynote speakers for its 2019 Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP), which will be held in Williamsburg, Virginia, from Sept. 20-22. The line-up includes groundbreaking women in journalism whose lives and work embody the theme of CAMP, “Facing Our Past, Defining Our Future.” “We are very excited to bring these impressive […]

Spread the word about JAWS fellowships

By Jane Isay Fellows are an important component at CAMP. They bring fresh ideas, they teach us, while we try to teach them, and we hope that they will form the next generation of JAWS members. So, if you know young journalists who meet our criteria and who would enjoy being part of our amazing organization, please encourage them to apply for the fellowships. Put the word out, continue our mission, and be sure to come to JAWS 2019 to meet our newcomers and to greet them warmly and include them in our magic CAMP. So far this year we […]

CAMP 2019: JAWS fellowship applications available

Applications are now available for the Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) 2019 fellowship program. The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. EDT June 28. We bring fellows to our Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) each year for three days of training, networking and professional development. Our past fellows leave an impressive legacy of journalistic achievement and leadership, within and outside of JAWS. CAMP 2019 will be held Sept. 20-22 in Williamsburg, Va., one of New York Times’ 52 Places to Go in 2019 and the perfect backdrop for this year’s theme: “Facing our Past, Defining our Future.” Historians, journalists, activists, and […]

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 […]

Help JAWS equip and empower women journalists

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 […]

JAWS stands in solidarity with Brittany Noble Jones

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 receives Ford Foundation grant

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.

Journalism & Women Symposium hires diversity & inclusion consultant

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.

Help women journalists this Giving Tuesday

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

Meet your 2018-2019 JAWS board candidates

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!

JAWS statement on Capital Gazette shooting

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.