The Journalism & Women Symposium (JAWS) brings together working journalists, journalism educators and researchers from across the country to share resources, support, training and information about issues that affect women in our field. We meet in person and online in an atmosphere of mutual support and enthusiastic interest in one another’s differing experiences and journalistic dreams.
We are Pulitzer Prize winners and toilers in the most obscure outposts of American journalism. We are just out of college and we are in our seventh decade and still working for truth and justice. We have been celebrated and dismissed, patronized and powerful, out of work and in the most wonderful jobs in the world.
Many of us have created our own jobs, whether by working for ourselves or for some of the biggest media corporations in the U.S. JAWS has helped many of us shape our own future by providing a testing ground, a sounding board and a launch pad for ideas we just couldn’t resist trying out.
We characterize our mission this way: “JAWS advances the professional empowerment and personal growth of women in journalism and advocates for more inclusive coverage of the diverse experiences and cultures that comprise our society.”
JAWS incorporated as a nonprofit in 1990 and because JAWS is a nonprofit 501(c)(3), donations are tax deductible.
For more information:
Address: 2885 Sanford Ave. SW #29226
Grandville Michigan, 49418
JAWS is building partnerships with other journalism organizations and programs, both to speak out on behalf of those who need support and to offer discounts and special opportunities that we might not be able to offer separately.
We’ve partnered and are partnering with such groups as the Poynter Institute, The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ), Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA), Native American Journalists Association, National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA), Online News Association (ONA), Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW), Association of Independent Radio (AIR), National Press Club (NPC), USA Today Network, JSK Journalism Fellowships at Stanford, University of Florida, and our funders, Democracy Fund and Ford Foundation.
Volunteers make up the heart of Journalism & Women Symposium (JAWS). Committees and task forces help JAWS deliver the best resources, the most innovative programming and a strong sense of community for our members. Committees and task forces may change in order to meet the needs of the JAWS community.
Supports the overall infrastructure, capacity and development of the Board of Directors.
Develops the programming for 2022 CAMP.
Identifies and assesses communications needs for JAWS and assist with communications messaging.
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion
Identifies and assesses diversity and inclusion needs of JAWS.
Provides financial oversight and support to JAWS.
Understands the composition of, assess the needs and identify value and benefits for the JAWS membership.
Provides support for Regional Groups, identify needs/challenges and collaborative opportunities.
Programs and Services
Identifies and assesses JAWS programming and service opportunities.
Identifies members for board nomination.
Fundraising and Development
Provide financial guidance and support for JAWS, a nonprofit organization.
Legacy Fund Trustees
Supports special projects that enrich the work of JAWS and honor women trailblazers of the organization and the industry. The Legacy Fund was built from gifts of courage, action and commitment to the promise of JAWS
Amanda Crawford (Board Liaison)
Member Communications Task Force:
Review all of the ways that members can communicate with each other and discuss the best way/platform to enhance these communications. Research additional options and provide recommendations to the Board, if needed. Also, look at our current membership platform and come up with a plan on how to activate the system in 2023. Work alongside the membership and communications committees.