The Journalism and Women Symposium Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) Betsy Wade Legacy Fund Fellowship supports a working newswoman chosen for the commitment to diversity represented in her work and interests, and whose work reflects the value of journalism in safeguarding a democratic society. We encourage applicants from communities traditionally underrepresented in the media. This includes women of color, members of the LGBT community and people with disabilities.
The fellowship is named in honor of Betsy Wade, a pioneer journalist, distinguished editor and lifelong leader in struggles for women and people of color to participate fully and fairly in the profession of journalism. The fellowship is funded by the Journalism and Women Symposium Legacy Fund.
The stipend covers registration and travel expenses to the annual CAMP. Every year, approximately 200 women journalists gather at CAMP to learn together, share ideas and support one another. It is a rare opportunity to spend time with industry leaders and working journalists.
As part of the application, the candidate is asked to write an essay that relates her work to that of Betsy Wade. Betsy spent her journalism years as an outspoken voice for the truth, and for fairness. She put her career on the line to support other women journalists.
The JAWS Legacy Committee will choose this fellow from a pool recommended by the JAWS Fellowship Committee. Stay tuned for more information on how to apply during the fellowship application acceptance period April 15 to May 15.
Along with the Betsy Wade Legacy Fund Fellowship, there are four other types of fellowships available with a stipend that covers registration and travel expenses to CAMP. This year’s JAWS CAMP will be held at The Arlington in Hot Springs, Ark., Oct. 27 to 29, 2017. JAWS fellowships are open to international journalists, but the stipend only covers domestic travel.
The Betsy Wade Legacy Fund Fellowship
New this year, the Betsy Wade Legacy Fund Fellowship supports a working newswoman chosen for the commitment to diversity represented in her work and interests, and whose work reflects the value of journalism in safeguarding a democratic society.
The Emerging Journalist Fellowship
Each year JAWS selects 10 women who are just starting careers in journalism. We are looking for journalists with at least one but no more than five years of professional journalism experience. Winners are selected based on a combination of merit, financial need and their potential contribution to JAWS as an organization that supports diversity across race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, media platform, beat and location.
The Diversity Fellowship
The Journalism and Women Symposium each year selects one journalist from a community traditionally underrepresented in the media, and whose work supports diversity. The goal of the Diversity Fellowship is to help the practice of journalism better reflect society. This is an opportunity for journalists who are traditionally underrepresented in newsrooms, including but not limited to women of color, journalists in the LGBTQ community and those with disabilities.
The Entrepreneurial Fellowship
The goal of the Entrepreneurial Fellowship is to help a woman journalist move forward with an innovative journalism project. Applicants should be journalists with a well-conceived project, the background that shows they can do it, and at least five years of professional experience.
The JAWS Next Step Fellowship
Applicants should be at a career point where they want to shift gears and find new opportunities. They should have a substantive record of at least 15 years working as a journalist and have been a paid up member of JAWS for at least five years.
Visit the fellowships section on the JAWS website for the application link, which will be available beginning on April 15. Applications will close May 15.
All applications will require:
- A one-page resumé
- Two samples of your professional, published work in journalism (links or documents)
- A word document with brief descriptions of your submitted samples
- One letter of recommendation from a current or previous editor, producer or supervisor in journalism.
- A personal statement (that is specific to each fellowship and will be outlined in the application)
If you have any questions about the fellowship or the application process, please contact Georgia Dawkins and Nikki Raz at [email protected]. Check out our tweet chat recaps about applying and attending as a fellow.