11.1.2014_JAWSCAMP_EllieVanHoutte-7712 11.1.2014_JAWSCAMP_EllieVanHoutte-7724 11.1.2014_JAWSCAMP_EllieVanHoutte-3874 11.1.2014_JAWSCAMP_EllieVanHoutte-3953 11.1.2014_JAWSCAMP_EllieVanHoutte-3882 11.1.2014_JAWSCAMP_EllieVanHoutte-3859

It’s time to step up and be counted!

Add your name to the roster of incredible women in the JAWS directory by becoming a member of the Journalism and Women Symposium, one of the few national organizations that devotes itself to women in journalism.

Apply now!

You have several options for a JAWS membership. Learn more about JAWS through our FAQ

Students:* $35  Those currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program or who demonstrate engagement in the practice of journalism may join at a discounted rate, as non-voting members.

New Voting Member: $50 for the first year

Continuing Voting Member: $75 a year; two-year membership, $140.

Emerging Professional: $100 ($50 for each of the first two years after leaving school)
Recent graduates who are working in journalism are eligible for a reduced membership rate of $50 a year for the first two years after they leave school. Emerging professionals have voting privileges.

Associate Member: $75 a year
Associate members have access to resources on the website and can participate in regional and national gatherings and have access to online resources such as the Facebook group and webinars. Associate members are NOT eligible to vote and cannot hold office.

Lifetime Member: $1,200

*For purposes of this membership category, a student is defined as someone enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program.

How to Join or Renew:

To join or give a gift by check: Please make your check payable to Journalism & Women Symposium and mail to 2885 Sanford Ave. SW, #29226, Grandville, MI 49418-1342.

Join or renew your membership!

Three reasons to join! You get:

  1. A growing network of JAWS women who can offer motivation, support and ideas, not to mention the all-important comic relief and camaraderie; we have regional groups and captains hosting events in different hubs across the country.
  2. The JAWS directory with your name and contact information as well as those of hundreds of other JAWS members and password-protected access to
  3. Access to the JAWS members Facebook Group, allowing you to communicate with JAWS members around the country and share ideas, outrage, and news affecting women that you may not see reported elsewhere.

New: You also will have access to insurance offered through a consortium of nonprofit associations.

Who Can Join JAWS

All memberships are subject to board approval. There are two categories of membership: voting and associate. The membership criteria are as follows:

Voting membership is open to:

  1. Journalists who are employed in digital news; broadcast, cable or online TV; radio or podcasts; newspapers; news services or syndicates; magazines; and social platforms that disseminate news and information.
  2. Journalists whose primary occupation is freelancing in the fields listed above.
    Journalism educators and administrators.
  3. People whose primary occupation is research or publishing in the field of journalism.
  4. People employed by organizations dedicated to serving journalists.

Associate members are entitled to all the privileges of membership except voting and pay the same dues and fees. The following people may join:

  1. Students* of journalism and those active in campus media at the college level or above
  2. Former journalists with at least three years of experience and who embrace or further the mission of Journalism and Women Symposium
  3. Freelance journalists who meet all of the following criteria:
    • Currently spend less than 50 percent of their time working for independent news organizations
    • Who do not pitch stories on behalf of clients to other journalists
    • Have no media relations role
    • Who embrace or further the mission of Journalism and Women Symposium.

*For purposes of this membership category, a student is defined as someone currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program.


JAWS actively seeks collaborative partnerships with other journalism groups to promote cross-membership and attendance at events such as regional gatherings and our annual Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP).