2018 JAWS Diversity Fellowship

Each year the Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) brings a Diversity fellow to our annual Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) for three days of training, networking and professional development. This year’s JAWS CAMP will be held at The Mount Hood Oregon Resort in Welches, Oregon Oct. 12 to 14, 2018.

What is CAMP?

The annual JAWS CAMP focuses on strengthening core journalism skills, building personal brands and careers and developing strategies for success in our evolving media landscape. Participants move toward improving gender parity in our profession, empowering women in leadership and management, and encouraging a more accurate portrayal of the whole society. Participants enjoy a dynamic weekend filled with inspiring speakers, motivating career development sessions as well as rewarding networking and mentoring opportunities. CAMP is an experience that has helped launch countless careers, and ignited lifelong friendships.

What is the Diversity Fellowship?

The goal of the Diversity Fellowship is to help the journalism world better reflect society. This fellowship is for a woman journalist who is traditionally underrepresented in newsrooms, including but not limited to women of color, journalists in the LGBTQ community and those with disabilities. The fellowship offers a stipend that covers CAMP registration and travel expenses. Fellows also receive a one-year JAWS membership or renewal.

What does the Diversity Fellowship entail?

Fellows will be asked to blog the weekend’s events for the JAWS website and to help JAWS’ fellowship fundraising campaign. Fellows will be asked to participate in and spread the word about our CrowdRise fellowship fundraising campaign throughout June and July. This year’s fellowships are financed in part by previous years’ of fellowship fundraising efforts. Fellows will also be asked to participate in promotional videos to help spread the word about CAMP and JAWS fellowships.

Who can apply?

Applicants should have at least three years of professional journalism experience.
Professional journalism experience includes up to one full year of campus news publication/broadcast experience, paid and unpaid internship experience, as well as contract, freelance, part-time and full-time work.
Please note: The Diversity fellowship is open to international journalists, but the stipend only covers domestic travel.

How do I apply?

To apply, please create a one-time, free account with submittable.com and complete the online application, which includes:

    • A one-page résumé.
    • Two samples of your professional, published work in journalism (links or documents). All work samples must be provided in English.
    • Brief descriptions of your submitted samples
    • A Personal Statement (no more than 500 words). Describe why you are a good candidate for the 2018 Diversity Fellowship, particularly how your work or your efforts reflect your dedication to improving the accurate portrayal of a diverse society. Also tell us why you would need financial assistance to attend CAMP.
    • One letter of recommendation from a current or previous editor, producer or supervisor in journalism. We would prefer to receive the recommendation letter attached with the rest of your application. However, if your recommender would rather email the letter directly to the fellowship committee ([email protected]), please ask him/her to include your first and last name in the subject line.

    The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. EDT May 18, 2018.

    Any application that doesn’t comply with these instructions will not be considered.

    If you have any questions about the fellowship or the application process, please contact Nikki Raz at [email protected]. For more information and updates about this year’s CAMP, please visit the JAWS website at www.jaws.org.

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    See also:
    Betsy Wade Legacy Fund Fellowship
    Diversity Fellowship
    Emerging Journalist Fellowship
    Entrepreneurial Fellowship