JAWS today: Advancing women is advancing journalism

25th President Mira Lowe

“When you truly possess all you have been and done, which may take some time, you are fierce with reality.” ― Florida Scott-Maxwell For 35 years, JAWS has been a unique sisterhood, fostering connections between women journalists and supporting them in the profession. It has served as a source of information and inspiration, a place […]

JAWS at 35: Unspoken, unquiet missions

Jane Marshall

This is what I know about the first JAWS gathering, 35 years ago this month at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado: As organizer Tad Bartimus led our troop of 15 up to a mountain cabin to hear Jean Gaddy Wilson report on the number of women in newsrooms and editor’s offices (bleak); as […]

PEN America offers online harassment self-defense training

Join Journalism & Women Symposium for a virtual Online Harassment Self-Defense Training with Viktorya Vilk of PEN America on Wednesday, Sept. 16, from 6-7:30 p.m. ET. Register here. Women journalists are facing unprecedented levels of hate and harassment online. Abusive trolls are joining forces to disproportionately target, intimidate, discredit, and silence women and those who also identify as LGBTQIA+, Indigenous, […]

JAWS President’s Message: virtual CAMP, partnerships and more

25th President Mira Lowe

By Mira Lowe The past few months have been challenging for all of us. COVID-19 has been particularly dangerous for women and women who identify as journalists, the UN reports, as incidences of violence have increased and more reporters experience online bullying and threats. In the face of these difficult times, the JAWS Board of […]

IWMF & JAWS: Virtual safety training on hostile environments

The International Women’s Media Foundation, in partnership with the Journalism & Women Symposium, is offering a virtual safety training on hostile environments in the U.S. Given the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic, the upcoming election and ongoing protests across the country, we know that this is a critical moment for the safety of journalists and […]

CAMP 2020 is on – and virtual

CAMP 2020 is on! It will take place from Dec. 4-6. #CAMPOnDemand — The Future of Journalism: Forging the Path Together will be virtual and on-demand, bringing us together to share, discuss, laugh, listen and learn. We believe going virtual is the safest and most cost-effective way for our members and supporters to gather during this […]

#WebinarWednesday: Small business basics for freelancers

Navigating journalism as a full or part-time freelancer is tough enough. Whether you’re new to freelance writing or other independent contracting, or simply need a refresher for the COVID-19 economy, join Journalism & Women Symposium for a webinar with Stacie Brew on August 12 at 7 p.m. Eastern Time.  The webinar is free and open […]

JAWS Webinar: Managing Stress in Uncertain Times

Join the Journalism & Women Symposium’s next webinar July 20 from 7-8:30 p.m. Eastern Time / 4-5:30 p.m. Pacific Time to learn how to manage the stressors and demands of being a journalist during these unpredictable times of COVID-19, industry insecurity and social and political unrest. Register here. About the webinar Today’s journalists feel under siege physically, […]

VIDEO: Fighting misinformation webinar

Sandra Fish, a past JAWS president working as a 2020 First Draft News fellow and Mazin Sidahmed, co-founding editor and senior reporter at Documented, showed us how to fight misinformation and use those skills to better connect with immigrant communities on a June 24, 2020 webinar. Watch the video here: Check out the tip sheet […]

JAWS joins journalism groups in calling for police to halt use of violence and arrests against journalists

Media partners

The nation’s leading journalism and press freedom organizations today called on law enforcement, mayors and governors across the country to halt the unprecedented assault against journalists in the field covering the protests for social justice. The following open letter to police nationwide was signed by 18 organizations including: The National Press Club (NPC), The National Press Club […]

JAWS denounces attacks on journalists covering protests

JAWS President Mira Lowe

The Journalism & Women Symposium (JAWS) denounce the violence against journalists in the protests taking place across the country. “Journalists, media crews and news organizations are a critical connection between people at home and the protests in the streets. Those who target journalists with rubber bullets take aim at the First Amendment,” said Mira Lowe, […]

Resources for covering protests, journalist safety

Journalism & Women Symposium (JAWS) condemns the continued acts of violence against journalists who are covering protests over police brutality across the country. We urge our members – and all journalists – to know their rights and to stay safe. Here is a list of resources: Covering a protest? Know your rights (Poynter) Resources for […]

JAWS self-care resource guide for journalists during COVID-19

Curated by Marissa Evans, Social Issues Reporter, The Star Tribune As coronavirus upends every aspect of our personal and professional lives, journalists are expected to do what we’ve always done: soldier on. No matter how dire the headlines get each passing day about the pandemic, this is a story that will have ripple effects for […]

JAWS joins #PRESSential campaign to thank journalists on the frontlines of COVID-19

Journalism & Women Symposium (JAWS) is a proud partner of the #PRESSential campaign. We are thankful for the journalists who are working through emotional, tireless days, and often risking their own lives to keep our communities informed through this pandemic. Information about COVID-19 is changing at an alarming rate, and like so many other essential […]