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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 […]

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 […]

Preliminary schedule for CAMP 2019

PRELIMINARY CAMP 2019 LINEUP *Session lineup is subject to change Attendees will be able to choose one deep-dive on Friday and from various breakout sessions on Saturday and Sunday. FRIDAY, 9/20 CAMP begins at 12 p.m. EST HALF-DAY DEEP DIVES: Solutions Journalism Network Training:​​ Attendees will spend two to three hours together with SJN facilitators on how to develop good solutions stories. They would be trained in advance searches on the Solutions Journalism Story Tracker, they would have a list of news outlets and specific people to contact to pitch solutions journalism stories, and they would be eligible, post-training, to […]

Journalism & Women Symposium Names Interim Executive Director

The Journalism & Women Symposium (JAWS) is thrilled to welcome Eloiza Altoro as its interim executive director. Altoro is principal consultant of Mind Redesign Consulting based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and has 25 years of experience working for and with local, national, and international associations and nonprofit organizations, specializing in organizational development, strategic planning, capacity building and transition management. “Eloiza’s extensive association management background working with diverse organizations and expert understanding of managing change will help fortify JAWS as it doubles down on its mission to serve and support women journalists,” said Mira Lowe, president-elect of JAWS. “Her energetic spirit and […]

CAMP 2019: Meet the CAMP Committee

The 2019 CAMP 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.