Category Archives: President’s Letters

The President of the Journalism and Women Symposium, according to the organization bylaws, serves as the chief executive officer of the organization. She directs staff and board members, presides at meetings, appoints committees, signs all written contracts and obligations of the organization, and speaks on behalf of JAWS. The president, most importantly, sets the tone and direction for JAWS.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

A way to move forward in our talks about diversity and inclusion

I truly believe our members share a common vision of promoting equity within the news media and society. Our membership includes many women – of diverse backgrounds – who broke major barriers at the biggest news organizations in the country, fighting for a common good that has benefitted many of us, including me.

September 2018: From Austin to Portland – and beyond

Traveling by plane, trains and automobiles to conferences across the country can be exhausting. I know. As I write this column, I am in the midst of my second conference in Austin, Texas. And while I am tired, I’m also exhilarated. I’m exhilarated not just because Austin is a cool place (and the destination for Journalism and Women Symposium’s conference in 2020!), but because I was allowed to reconnect with my inner journalist.

August 2017: Naming and standing up to hate

The protests and counter-protests in Charlottesville, Va., highlighted, once again, the challenges we face as journalists, particularly when it comes to false equivalency.

As many have noted, there are no two sides to racism.

Racism is wrong.

It was heartening to see SPJ’s ethics chairman write about the false equivalence.

July 2017: Meeting veteran and newbie JAWdesses near and far

I recently attended the Investigative Reports and Editor (IRE) conference in Phoenix, Ariz., and hosted a JAWS meetup. Among the group were at least two students, current and former board members, past fellows and one future fellow, Chandra Bozelko. There were even two Brennas from Arizona sitting next to each other – Brenna Goth, a fellow at last year’s Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP), and Brenna Bailey, a University of Arizona student member.

We shared stories about work, IRE and, of course, our excitement about attending CAMP.

When it comes to our fellows, a JAWS tradition is raising money to help these young women come to CAMP.

April 2017: Paving the way for women journalists

One of the coolest things about our CAMP for me is meeting new women journalists – especially our fellows.

Each year, our fellowship committee selects a group of 10 to 14 women who might not otherwise be able to come to CAMP to receive these grants to attend.

This year we’re honored to add the Betsy Wade Legacy Fund Fellowship to the lineup, honoring the first woman copy editor at The New York Times. Wade and her women co-workers sued the Times in the 1970s for equal pay, and their settlement paved the way for better pay and advancement for the women who came after them.