2018 JAWS Next Step Fellowship

Each year the Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) brings a Next Step 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 .12-14, 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 Next Step Fellowship?

In the turbulent world of today’s journalism, women with established careers often need to explore new avenues for practicing their craft. JAWS will recognize these veteran journalists by bringing at least one to CAMP 2018 where she can participate in hands-on technical and social media workshops, individual mentoring and lots of informal brainstorming to figure out next steps and learn about new opportunities in the rapidly changing new media landscape.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 Next Step 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 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 cumulative years working as a journalist and/or currently in a journalism role.

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.

Preference will be given to JAWS members.

Please note: The JAWS Next Step 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 resumé
  • 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
  • Personal statement (no more than 500 words) – Please describe: a) Why you would benefit from the fellowship at this particular point in your life. b) How you intend to use this fellowship, if granted, to advance the mission of JAWS c) Why you would not be able to attend CAMP without financial assistance.

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 . 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