JAWS stands in solidarity with Brittany Noble Jones

January 14, 2019 | By JAWS Board of Directors

The Journalism & Women Symposium stands in solidarity with award-winning journalist Brittany Noble Jones and other women journalists, particularly Black women, whose employers have discriminated against them because of their gender and race.

Noble Jones recently said she experienced several instances of discrimination as a reporter working at a television station in Jackson, Mississippi, including her boss saying it was “unprofessional” for her to wear her natural hair on TV. Noble said her contract was eventually terminated.

The Journalism & Women Symposium receives Ford Foundation grant

The Journalism & Women Symposium (JAWS) is pleased to announce it has received a $50,000 grant from the Ford Foundation.
These funds will assist the organization’s hiring of a full-time Executive Director, in tandem with the Democracy Fund grant awarded earlier this year, and provide support to regional groups around the country. It is an urgent priority at this time for JAWS to organize and implement diversity and inclusiveness training at the regional level, and this grant will be a crucial pillar of that mission.

CAMP 2018: Tip sheets, interviews and highlights

Do you want to brush up on the lessons you learned at CAMP 2018, or check out info from a session you missed? Thanks to our 2018 fellows who prepared tip sheets and interviewed our keynote speakers, presenters who shared resources and attendees live-tweeted, we have a collection of tip sheets, videos and other media here. We hope you find it helpful!

Apology from JAWS board of directors

“It’s never too late to drop your beliefs and let your wounds heal. Instead of wounding others as well.”  ― Adam Scythe, Immortals, Vol. II

JAWS is an organization I have been honored to be a part of for many years, not just because it is led by women who broke down newsroom barriers for women but because it has provided me a safe space to vent about being a woman of color in mostly all-white and all-male workplaces for most of my career.

Unfortunately, CAMP was not a safe space for many of us this year.

CAMP 2018: Fran Lewine Interview

By Marina Fang 

The lead

Melissa Ludtke’s successful 1978 legal battle over access for female reporters covering baseball came from years of experiencing institutional sexism and working toward incremental changes. The story of her career provides lessons for women in journalism today, including the importance of networking, perseverance, creative solutions, defining your narratives, and simply doing the work, no matter how small the task.

CAMP 2018: Q&A with Elise Hu

Presented by Amy Westervelt

“Work-life balance” is a handy phrase for marketing self-help books, but the reality is,  it’s all life. And these two parts of life can’t help but impact each other. Elise Hu—former Korea  and Japan bureau chief for NPR and current staff reporter/host with NPR—walked us through those intersections in her JAWS CAMP 2018 keynote, framed as “all the ways I’ve failed to work for The Washington Post.”

CAMP 2018: The ABCs of Hard-Hitting Investigations Tip Sheet

By Shaya Tayefe Mohajer

The lead

Opportunities for investigative work are hiding in plain sight: in annual reports, budgets from every level of government and your keen observations about your surroundings, be they physical cues (crumbling infrastructure) or listening to the informed complaints of the local community (what is the one hospital locals don’t want to wind up in? That’s a good place to start.)

CAMP 2018: Contribute to the silent and online auctions

By Roxann Elliott

We hope you’re eager for our annual conference at Mt. Hood in Oregon. As we finish up preparations and so many of you are planning and packing for an awesome weekend, we’re here to remind you of our silent auction!

Each year at CAMP we hold an on-site auction, and we rely on contributions from our wonderful JAWdesses.

CAMP 2018: Find your next read at Books & Browse

By Lindsey Anderson

Looking for a book to read? You just might find your new favorite at the Conference & Mentoring Project in Welches, Oregon, next month.

Eight authors will share three-minute excerpts of their latest work during the first-ever Journalism & Women Symposium Books & Browse lightning readings. Then, if you like what you hear, head to the Books & Browse reception that will follow where you can chat with the authors, purchase their books and get them autographed.

CAMP 2018 activities: Bonfire, hiking, winery and more

by Lindsey Anderson

CAMP isn’t all business. There’s plenty of time to explore and meet friends new and old over the weekend.

Welcome bonfire

Get your witch hats and broomsticks and gather at our opening party—a bonfire with brews for purchase on Friday night.

Mentor time

Looking for someone to go to for career advice? Come chat with experienced industry leaders during roundtable mentorship discussions. Have a boatload of tips and tools you’re eager to share with other journalists? Volunteer to be a mentor and share your know-how with others.

CAMP 2018: Calling authors for Books and Browse

By Lindsey Anderson

Do you have a new book out that you’re looking to share with a couple hundred journalists from around the country?

If so, the Journalism & Women Symposium has an opportunity for you: we’re looking for about eight authors to sell and sign their books during our annual Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) Books & Browse cocktail hour on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 6 to 7 p.m.

JAWS statement on Capital Gazette shooting

Any attack on a newsroom or journalists, no matter the motive, is an attack on the free press and the public’s right to know. We stand in solidarity with the courageous staff of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland. The members of Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) mourn for the people killed or wounded, and we support the journalists covering the ongoing investigation.

Women lead the conversation at CAMP 2018

By Lindsey Anderson

Women media leaders have taken over the narrative in an unprecedented way this past year, from the #MeToo movement to “The Post.”

We will continue leading the conversation at the Journalism & Women Symposium’s annual Conference and Mentoring Program (CAMP) in Welches, Oregon, this fall where we will master new skills, make lasting connections and rejuvenate after another busy news year.

May webinar: The Power of Mentoring

by Marina Villeneuve

What’s kept you from becoming a mentor, or seeking out a mentor?

The cornerstone of JAWS is our mentoring program, which is open to all members. On May 23 at 7 PM EST/4 PM PST, we are offering a free webinar about the “Power of Mentoring,” where we will address your burning questions about the essentials for first-time mentors and mentees. Register here.

April webinar: Kimbriell Kelly on investigating the police

by Marina Villeneuve

Want to learn how to track shootings by police in your community? Are you curious about how to go about investigating your local police department?

Join the Journalism and Women Symposium for our upcoming webinar hosted by Washington Post investigative reporter Kimbriell Kelly, who was part of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize-winning team for the Post’s series on fatal police shootings.

CAMP 2018: Fellowship application process to open April 13

Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) will begin accepting applications for 2018 fellowships beginning Friday, April 13.

Each year JAWS brings fellows to our annual Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) for three days of training, networking and professional development.

March webinar: Learn to make FOIA work for you

In (belated) honor of Sunshine Week, on Wednesday, March 28 at 4 PM PT/7 PM EST we are hosting a webinar led by Amy Pyle and Victoria Baranetsky of Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting

Amy, editor-in-chief of Reveal, will guide us in the aggressive, specific use of Freedom of Access laws to hold our public officials accountable. She will draw upon her expertise leading a team of editors, reporters and producers who produce unique in-depth national stories.

Victoria, General Counsel at Reveal, has worked for the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press on matters involving the intersection of technology and media law, access as well as privacy and government surveillance.

Webinar: Learn about the JAWS Fellowship experience

“Everyone has been incredibly warm, welcoming, open and so willing to help and to share their stories.”

“This is a home I’d been looking for but didn’t realize I needed.”

“I think it provides that community your newsroom could be missing.”

Each year the Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) brings fellows to our annual Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) retreat for three days of training, networking and professional development. And the above quotes are just a few of the glowing things past fellows had to say about attending CAMP.

CAMP 2017: Reporting around the globe

Story by Christal Hayes, 2017 JAWS Fellow | Photo by Erica Yoon, CAMP photographer

It isn’t just war zones where your life can be in danger.

The story of Kim Wall, a Swedish reporter brutally killed while working on a freelance story aboard a privately owned submarine, reminded foreign correspondents and freelancers working overseas that even in a relatively safe country, everyone is vulnerable.

CAMP 2017: How to go viral with videos

Story by Lauren McGaughy, 2017 JAWS Fellow | Photo by Erica Yoon, CAMP photographer

Going viral on Facebook takes more than just a catchy headline or outrageous content. For journalists who want to feature serious subjects and highlight important discussions of the day, Facebook videos must be carefully tailored to grab and keep hold of the audience.

CAMP 2017: Building a toolbox to counteract bias

Story by Louise Dewast, 2017 JAWS Fellow | Photo by Erica Yoon, CAMP photographer

Being aware of your own biases is the first step in counteracting bias in your journalism, Jenée Desmond-Harris, op-ed editor at The New York Times based in Palo Alto, Calif. and Tonya Mosley, Silicon Valley correspondent and host for KQED in San Francisco, Calif. told CAMP 2017 participants.

CAMP 2017: Big scoops on a small budget

Story by Lisa Thomson, 2017 JAWS Fellow | Photo by Erica Yoon, CAMP photographer

Lucia Walinchus lead the Sunday morning reporter’s toolkit session, Big Scoops on a Small Budget: Investigative Reporting for Freelancers and Small Newsrooms at CAMP 2017. During her session, Walinchus, a freelance journalist, provided tips for finding and reporting investigative stories.

CAMP 2017: Nikole Hannah-Jones on women who are ‘not supposed to be here’

Story by Nesima Aberra, 2017 JAWS Fellow | Photo by Erica Yoon, CAMP photographer

While Nikole Hannah-Jones may be one of the newest recipients of the MacArthur “genius grant” fellowship, the New York Times magazine investigative reporter has often been seen as a woman who is “not supposed to be here.”

CAMP 2017: Advice for aspiring authors

Story by Corinne Boyer, 2017 JAWS Fellow | Photo by Erica Yoon, CAMP photographer

Before you even think of tackling that book proposal, you need to ask yourself a lot of questions.

Two publishing experts, Jane Isay and Gail Ross, hosted “Your Path: So, You Want to Write a Book?” discussing book ideas, proposals and outlining the “table test”— a set of criteria for finding a book deal—at the Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) Conference and Mentoring Project in Hot Springs, Ark.

CAMP 2017: Finding the leader in you

Story by Lauren McGaughy and Louise Dewast, 2017 JAWS Fellow | Photo by Louise Dewast

The quality of your relationships with co-workers keeps the engine of success running. This was the lesson delivered at the “Finding the Leader in You” workshop lead by Tara Puckey, ‎Associate Executive Director at the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), at Journalism and Women Symposium’s 2017 Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP).

CAMP 2017: 6 questions to ask before podcasting (plus 7 you should be listening to)

Story by Amanda Woytus, 2017 JAWS Fellow | Photo by Erica Yoon, CAMP photographer

One question is on the mind of every journalist in 2017: Should I make a podcast?

“I bet you know what I’m going to tell you,” said Tara Anderson, producer and host of the podcast Five Things, from Louisville Public Media in Louisville, Ky.

CAMP 2017: Cracking the podcast code

Story by Yael Even Or, 2017 JAWS Fellow | Photo by Erica Yoon, CAMP photographer

Podcasts are the new blogs. Everyone from journalists to commentators to comedians wants one. With over 300,000 podcasts on iTunes, how do you make yours stand out from the crowd?

That was the premise of a day-long workshop on Oct. 27 to help Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) members figure out how to stand out in a crowded market. The workshop was led by Tara Anderson, host and producer of the “Five Things” podcast, in which she conducts interviews through a “show and tell” activity – asking guests to describe the objects that tell their stories.

CAMP 2017: Resilience and tactics for reporting on trauma

Story and photo by Louise Dewast, 2017 JAWS Fellow

Trauma and resilience are two words that people forget are compatible. This wisdom is especially important for journalists to remember.

While everyone deals with negative emotions, as reporters in the field, many of us have experienced disturbing scenes or interviewed survivors of traumatic events. The after-effects of these encounters often leave us emotionally depleted. We find ourselves asking, “How do I cope and keep doing my job?”

CAMP 2017: Social Media for Newsrooms: Not as easy as it sounds

Story by Nesimaa Aberra, 2017 JAWS Fellow | Photo by Andrea Crowley-Hughes, JAWS Communication Manager

For anyone who thinks managing social media in a newsroom simply entails tweeting or posting a story link on Facebook, think again. According to Renee Ernst, producer of social publishing at CNN, it means being a gatekeeper of breaking news with an extreme amount of responsibility.

Journalism and Women Symposium statement on sexual harassment claims at NPR

The Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) organization, which advocates for and supports women journalists, condemns in strongest terms the apparent abuses of power and inappropriate, predatory and sexist behavior that are coming to light with developments such as NPR Senior Vice President of News Mike Oreskes’ resignation following accusations of sexual harassment.

CAMP 2017: Journalists work toward an awareness of bias

Story by Chandra Bozelko, 2017 JAWS Fellow

After leading a plenary session, “Slow Thinking: Self-Audits and Superior Sources: A Toolbox for Counteracting Bias,” New York Times op-ed editor Jenée Desmond-Harris and KQED host Tonya Mosley led an Implicit Bias Training Debrief for approximately 25 attendees of Journalism and Women Symposium’s Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) in Hot Springs, Ark.

CAMP 2017: Using metrics to magnify your journalism

Story by Lisa Thomson, 2017 JAWS Fellow | Photo by Andrea Crowley-Hughes, JAWS Communication Manager

Speakers from the American Press Institute offered insight into the purpose and value of media analytics, along with a few platform suggestions, at the Journalism and Women Symposium’s annual conference on Sunday, Oct. 29. The “Metrics to Magnify Your Journalism” panel was led by Liz Worthington (director of content strategy), Amy Kovac-Ashley (senior newsroom learning program manager) and Katie Kutsko (assistant program manager).

CAMP 2017: Follow along from near and far with hashtags

By Lindsey Anderson, JAWS member

Bummed you can’t make it to Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) this year? You can still follow the goings-on in Hot Springs from afar.

Like all good journalists, dozens of attendees will be tweeting from each conference session. Check out the hashtag #jaws17 on social media for panel highlights and the low-down on the latest in journalism.

In Memory: Rita Henley Jensen

Over and over, Rita Henley Jensen‘s friends and colleagues describe her as “a force.” They call her formidable and extraordinary. Jensen used those strengths to fight her way out of poverty and into an award-winning career in journalism, working all the while to amplify women’s voices and advocate for their health and welfare.

Jensen, the founder of Women’s eNews and of the Jane Crow Project, died Oct. 18 of breast cancer, according to her daughter, Ariel Jensen-Vargas. She was 70.

CAMP 2017: What I’m looking forward to as a first-timer

by Jennifer Oldham, JAWS member

Sometimes I miss the newsroom.

Not the balding septuagenarian who alternated between snoring, cursing at sources and trying to pick up thirty-somethings as they walked by.  Nor the editor who shouted instructions to reporters on deadline. And certainly not the mice that periodically appeared unannounced under our desks.

But the adrenaline-fueled story meetings to map out how to cover breaking news, the understanding ear of a fellow writer and the shared satisfaction of a published byline are routinely lacking in my home office.

CAMP 2017: Party 1920s style on Friday night

By Kira Zalan, JAWS member

Why does the Arlington Hotel in Hot Springs, Arkansas have an Al Capone suite? Because the legendary gangster loved staying at the charming property and often rented the entire fourth floor. Legend has it he preferred direct access to the bath house, a clear view of the club across the street (now a museum), and the hidden exits in case of a raid.

CAMP 2017: Group activities from hiking to wine tasting to spa soaking

by Jennifer Oldham, JAWS member

Once home to both President Bill Clinton and notorious gangsters—an interesting juxtaposition—this year’s Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) location Hot Springs, Ark., is also the oldest park managed by the National Park Service. The designation is meant to protect about a million gallons of the 143-degree water that flow daily out of the low-lying Ouachita Mountains to fill 47 hot springs.

CAMP 2017: Get social in Hot Springs this fall

By Kira Zalan, JAWS member

The Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa, which will be home to Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) next month, was built in the 1920s in the center of charming Hot Springs, Ark. The hotel is surrounded by forested hiking trails, natural hot springs, shops, restaurants and quirky museums and theaters.

There are plenty of cozy settings for JAWS-style bonding, including an on-site, vintage thermal bath spa; an enormous, southern-style wraparound porch; live entertainment on Friday and Saturday (locals come with their own dance shoes); pools and jacuzzis (carved into the side of a mountain); and a bartender who knows how to make a mean mint julep.

CAMP 2017: Start a Table Talk conversation

By Lindsey M. Anderson, JAWS member

One of the best parts of CAMP is the opportunity to confer with women from across the globe, sharing our experiences, insight and advice.

Table Talks at Sunday dinner are the perfect time for those conversations.

As CAMP winds down after a whirlwind weekend of panels and activities, attendees can choose from a slate of themed tables for Sunday’s dinner.

CAMP 2017: Learn in-demand skills with tech training

By Marina Villeneuve, JAWS member

What’s your superpower?

A 2016 report by the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism found that news organizations count visual storytelling, social media, coding and audience development skills among their most sought after hiring priorities.

This year, the Journalism and Women Symposium’s Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) in Hot Springs, Ark. has you covered on all those fronts. Few of us can be a pro at it all, but it’s important to know the basics and gain expertise in one or two areas.

CAMP 2017: Bring back treasures from the road to share with JAWdesses

By Julia Airey, JAWS member

The 2017 Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) is fast approaching! And that means, for those of you who haven’t attended one before, it’s time to start thinking ideas for the onsite auction!

For the past five years, CAMP has hosted an onsite and online auction to raise money to help cover JAWS CAMP programming. Last year the onsite auction raised almost $4,000 last year and we are confident we can do even better this October. And the best part? While luxury items like watches and vacation trips bid well, so do handicrafts and clothing – so everyone has a shot at contributing!

CAMP 2017: Introducing this year’s fellowship class

A young journalist who covered the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub last year and played a big part in the team that has continued to examine the attack. A magazine editor looking into launching a podcast about women, writing, working, and persisting in their 20s. A veteran reporter who has focused on highlighting first-generation and non-traditional college students as well as transgender Americans living in Texas. These are just a few of the inspiring women who have recognized as 2017 JAWS fellows and will be attending the Conference and Mentoring Project in Hot Springs, Ark., in October.

CAMP 2017: Call for authors for Books and Browse

Are you an author who is looking to share your recently published book with friends and colleagues from around the country? If so, we’d love to showcase your work at the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) in Hot Springs!

We’re looking for eight authors to feature at Books and Browse this year. The event is one of the highlights of our conference where attendees can buy books, meet with authors and chat with them about their work. It’s scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 28, from 6 to 7 p.m. at The Arlington Resort Hotel and Spa.

CAMP 2017: How to arrange your travel and hotel to Hot Springs, Ark.

CAMP 2017 is just a few months away and we encourage you to look in to travel and hotel options as early as possible to save money. The conference will be held Oct. 27 to 29 at The Arlington Resort Hotel and Spa, which is located at 239 Central Ave. in Hot Springs, Ark. Hotel amenities include free wi-fi, complimentary parking, a fitness room, year-round twin outdoor pools and hot tub, entertainment in the hotel lobby Thursday to Saturday nights, and a prime location in the Historic District across from Hot Springs National Park.

CAMP 2017: Hear from past CAMPers, register today!

Are you still on the fence about attending this year’s Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) in Hot Springs, Ark.? We have great programming and speakers planned for this year’s conference. There are also tons of fun activities, awesome sights and sounds, and good eats to explore in the area.

We don’t want you to miss out on the opportunity to learn, participate in mentoring and networking, and recharge in a beautiful setting – here are some participants from last year’s CAMP on why CAMP is like no other conference.

CAMP 2017: Meet Maureen Bunyan, Fran Lewine speaker

We’re very excited to announce that television news anchor Maureen Bunyan has agreed to be the Fran Lewine interviewee at CAMP this October!

Maureen Bunyan is a 44-year veteran of television news who anchored the 6 o’clock weeknight newscasts for ABC7/WJLA-TV from 1999 to 2017.

She is known as a leader in the newsroom and an advocate for women and minorities in journalism. She is a founder of the International Women’s Media Foundation which serves women in the media in 100 countries. She is also a founder of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), where she was inducted into the NABJ Hall of Fame in January of 201

CAMP 2017: Get ready for the online and on-site auctions

Meg HeckmanBy Meg Heckman, JAWS Member

This year’s Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) is still months away, but it’s already time to start thinking about what you can donate to our online and onsite auctions.

This will be the fifth year JAWS has operated an online auction, giving members who are unable to attend CAMP a chance to bid on great stuff while supporting a good cause.

Last year, we raised over $3,000 through the online auction, and we’d love to beat that number this fall – so start thinking about what you can contribute. Luxury items and vacation destinations are always welcome, but services – editing, career coaching and book proposal coaching – are usually a hit, too.

Inspired By: The Commonwealth Fund and JAWS Health Journalism Fellows

The six fellows, announced in January, are freelance journalists and journalists employed at news agencies in the United States. Their fellowship includes a reporting grant to cover project-related time and expenses along with ongoing mentoring from two experienced health journalists: Naseem Miller, senior health reporter with The Journalists Resource; and Margarita Birnbaum, independent journalist and core topic leader for health equity at the Association of Health Care Journalists.