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Giving Tuesday 2019: A story about sisterhood

By Tanya Gazdik I discovered JAWS at a turning point in my life. In the fall of 2013, my dying mother had just entered hospice. And I was quitting my daily newspaper job – a well-paying job that I liked — so I could spend more time with her. It was a scary time to go back to freelancing. But I knew in my heart it was the right thing to do. I attended Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) soon after, hoping to network and expand my freelance career. What surprised me was the heartfelt concern women — strangers — poured out about my mom and my own well-being. No one questioned or criticized […]

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 hosting in-person and online Diversity Dialogues

Journalism and Women Symposium is excited to be kicking off the JAWS Diversity Dialogues. These conversations are being held in order to engage the imaginations of JAWS members as the organization considers what being more inclusive could and should look like. We will be hosting in-person dialogues in cities around the US but are also committed to holding 90-minute digital sessions designed to give you the space to lend perspective no matter where you may be rooted. Those joining online can choose to connect with us during our 3 general digital dialogues and/or two affinity-based sessions for women of color […]

CAMP 2019: New members and officers elected to JAWS Board of Directors

Results are in for the Journalism and Women Symposium’s 2019-20120 Board of Directors election. Join us in welcoming new officers and members to the board. The new board officers and members will join President Mira Lowe, Treasurer Deborah Douglas and Directors Jennifer Kho, Marina Trahan Martinez and Fara Warner. JAWS Sent out 465 ballots with 110 votes. There were a total of 12 candidates (including 6 write-in candidates). Carla Murphy will serve as Vice President, EJ Graff as Deputy Vice President, Alex Hinojosa as Secretary and Kyle Foster, Tanya Gazdik, Jane Isay and Kari Mar as board members. Read more […]

Not at CAMP 2019? Tune in to social media and live-stream

Not at CAMP 2019? Not to worry! There are many ways to follow along with Journalism and Women Symposium’s conference, which will be held in Williamsburg, Va. this year.  Social media  Attendees will be sharing wisdom from our sessions all weekend on Twitter. Follow JAWS (@womenjournos), and the CAMP hashtag this year, #jawscamp19. Also, make sure you’re following us on Instagram for photo and video snippets of the weekend. Tag us on Instagram so we can share your photos as you make memories.  Live-streamed sessions  We will be live-streaming three “Build” sessions on our public Facebook page. Like and follow […]

How to Navigate CAMP 2019 in Williamsburg, Va

Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) 2019 at the Williamsburg Lodge will be a weekend of learning and building new connections. We wrote this guide to navigating the conference for first-time and long-time CAMPers alike. While we are serious about our training and networking, we are relaxed in our approach. Whether it is jeans and tees or loose-fitting pants and casual dresses, pack whatever makes you feel the most comfortable. Bring a sweater, light jacket or shawl in case the temperatures are cool for early morning or evening walks or in the meeting rooms, and an umbrella for possible rain showers. […]

Meet your 2019-2020 JAWS Board candidates

J. Kyle Foster Title and place of employment (including city/state). State you reside in if different from employer: Reside in Marco Island, Florida Employment: 1. Trainer for Facebook for Journalists – a partnership between Facebook and the Society of Professional Journalists (operated out of NYC Facebook headquarters and Indianapolis SPJ headquarters); 2. Freelance journalists with weekly gigs as a travel blogger in Tennessee and the Orlando Sentinel’s GrowthSpotter 3. Various part-time jobs in real estate unrelated to journalism  Years a JAWS member: Since 1999 Number of CAMPS attended (including Williamsburg): About 7-10. Why you are running for the board: I  […]

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 […]

Programming for CAMP 2019

CAMP 2019 LINEUP Attendees will be able to choose one deep-dive on Friday and from various breakout sessions on Saturday and Sunday. FRIDAY,  Sept. 20 Deep Dives  1-4 p.m.: Solutions Journalism Network Training Since its founding five years ago, Solutions Journalism Network has trained thousands of journalists in the process of solutions journalism–a method to investigate and report on solutions to problems–not just the problems that face society today. In this training, we’ll learn about the process of solutions journalism, how it works for newsrooms and freelancers, and all participants will leave with a strong idea of a story or […]

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 […]