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 supports the professional empowerment and personal growth of women in journalism and works toward a more accurate portrayal of the whole society.” JAWS incorporated as a nonprofit in 1990 and because JAWS is a nonprofit 501(c)(3), donations are tax deductible.

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Address: 2885 Sanford Ave. SW #29226
Grandville Michigan, 49418

Phone: (414) 333-6716


Eloiza Altoro

Eloiza altoro
interim executive director

Eloiza has 25 years of experience working for and with local, national and international associations and nonprofit organizations. She is the principal consultant of Mind Redesign Consulting and interim executive director of JAWS.

Her past association and nonprofit management experience includes executive director of UNITY: Journalists for Diversity, Society for Clinical Data Management (SCDM), Council of Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC) and the Wisconsin Certification Board (WCB).


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.

task forces

CAMP business model
Reviews the CAMP business model and provides recommendations of sustainability for annual meetings.
Chair: Fara Warner

Code of conduct
Reviews the JAWS Code of Ethics and provides recommendations for updates.
Chair: Sheila Solomon

Strategic partnerships 
Identifies and prioritizes who JAWS will approach for strategic partnerships and why.
Chair: Mira Lowe

Strategic planning/fund development
Develops and implements a fund development and strategic planning process and plan.
Chair: E.J. Graff

Research and special projects
Chair: Alison Bethel McKenzie
Fellowship, mentorship and student outreach:
Jody Beck and Megan Kamerick


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.

If you would like to join a 2020 committee or task force, please let us know! You can use this form or simply write to one of the committee chairs.

Advisory council
Provides targeted/specific strategic advice and guidance to the JAWS Board as needed.
Chair: Mira Lowe

Board governance 
Supports the overall infrastructure, capacity and development of the Board of Directors.
Co-chair: Mira Lowe
Co-chair: Eloiza Altoro

Develops the programming for 2020 CAMP.

Co-Chairs: Barbara Selvin and Mira Lowe

Identifies and assesses communications needs for JAWS and assist with communications messaging.
Chair: Kari Mar

Identifies and assesses diversity and inclusion needs of JAWS.
Chair: Linda Jue

Provides financial oversight and support to JAWS.
Chair: Joanna Hernandez and Suzanne Cosgrove

Supports special projects that enrich the work of JAWS and honor women trailblazers of the organization and the industry.
Chair: Jane Isay

Understands the composition of, assess the needs and identify value and benefits for the JAWS membership.
Co-chair: Jenn Kho and Sandra Fish

Regional groups
Provides support for Regional Groups, identify needs/challenges and collaborative opportunities.
Chair: Tanya Gazdik

Identifies and assesses JAWS programming and service opportunities.
Co-chair: Carla Murphy
Co-chair: Jeanette Woods

Identifies members for board nomination.