Category Archives: News

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 […]

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 and NABJ stand against unacceptable treatment of Yamiche Alcindor

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and Journalism & Women Symposium (JAWS) stand firmly against President Trump’s unacceptable treatment of PBS Newshour’s White House Correspondent Yamiche Alcindor. When Alcindor pressed Trump at a March 29 briefing about his statement that some states might not need as many medical ventilators as they had requested to […]

Joint statement denouncing anti-Asian racism during coronavirus outbreak

We at Journalism & Women Symposium join AAJA, NABJ, NAHJ, NLGJA and NAJA in denouncing the escalating violence and rhetoric aimed at Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, including journalists, amid the coronavirus outbreak. Here is AAJA’s full statement: March 19, 2020 From the Board of Directors of the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA), with the […]

Coronavirus guidance – and resources – from JAWS

By Mira Lowe As concerns about the coronavirus (Covid-19) mount, we at Journalism & Women Symposium want you to know that we are taking steps to protect your safety while still offering you the benefits of membership. First, we encourage all regional groups to cancel any programming until your community’s public health authorities have given the all-clear. Gather […]

The @womenjournos Q+A: Emily Ramshaw, co-founder and CEO, The 19th*

Emily Ramshaw, co-founder and CEO of The 19th*

The new JAWS @womenjournos Q+A will feature women who are leading in journalism, today, fielding questions from our members. To celebrate Women’s History Month and the relaunch of our website, who better to celebrate boss moves than Emily Ramshaw, co-founder and CEO of The 19th*? Launched in January, The 19th* is a nonprofit newsroom reporting […]

Making moves for gender equality

By Mira Lowe #EachforEqual. That’s the theme and hashtag for this year’s International Women’s Day, March 8, a global day for celebrating women’s achievements and advocating for gender equality.  “Individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions — all day, every day,” the IWD 2020 campaign says. “We can actively choose to challenge […]

New, fresh look for JAWS.org

JAWS President Mira Lowe

Welcome. Today we announce a new jaws.org. This site is redesigned with you in mind. We want to create a place of belonging for women in journalism. A haven – and a hub for information. You’ll immediately notice warmer colors, more photos, better navigation and a cleaner design for an inviting user experience. Our mission […]

Collective wisdom moves JAWS forward

JAWS President Mira Lowe

Trailblazing journalist and author Dorothy Butler Gilliam had a memorable and tweetable quote during the Fran Lewine Memorial Interview at this year’s CAMP in Williamsburg, Va.: “Let your phone be smart, you be wise.”   As I begin my term as president of JAWS, I’m seeking to draw on wisdom — mine and yours, too […]