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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Contact us:

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Email: [email protected] 

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

Phone: (414) 333-6716

Staff

Eloiza Altoro

Eloiza altoro
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).

J. Kyle Foster

J. Kyle Foster
Interim Communications and Community Manager

Kyle has 30 plus years experience as a journalist – at newspapers, financial wire services Bloomberg News and Coindesk, and as a media creator and manager.

Kyle has been a JAWS member since 1999 and has served on its board of directors twice. She hails from Kentucky and has lived in Marco Island, Florida, since 2013. 

partnerships

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.

2022-23 task force

Mentorship

This task force will work together to make recommendations to the board for the next iteration of JAWS mentorship. JAWS wants to create a sustainable, comprehensive mentorship program.

Co-Chairs:
Sonya Ross
Barbara Selvin (Board Liaison)

Committees

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 2022 committee or task force, please let us know! You can use this form or simply write to [email protected].

Board governance 
Supports the overall infrastructure, capacity and development of the Board of Directors.
Chair:
Julia Kagan

CAMP 
Develops the programming for 2022 CAMP.

Co-Chairs:
Nadine Arroyo Rodriguez
Sandra Fish

Communications 
Identifies and assesses communications needs for JAWS and assist with communications messaging.
Co-Chairs:
Mei Fong
Gwyneth Doland

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion
Identifies and assesses diversity and inclusion needs of JAWS.
Chair:
Linda Jue

Finance
Provides financial oversight and support to JAWS.
Co-Chairs:
Joanna Hernandez
Suzanne Cosgrove

Legacy
Supports special projects that enrich the work of JAWS and honor women trailblazers of the organization and the industry.
Co-Chairs:
Jane Isay
Amanda Crawford(Board Liaison)

Membership 
Understands the composition of, assess the needs and identify value and benefits for the JAWS membership.
Co-chairs:
Amanda Crawford
Elissa Yancey

Regional groups
Provides support for Regional Groups, identify needs/challenges and collaborative opportunities.
Co-Chairs: 
Tanya Gazdik
Suzanne Cosgrove

Programs and Services
Identifies and assesses JAWS programming and service opportunities.
Co-Chairs:
Jeanette Woods
Molly Hennessey-Fiske

Elections
Identifies members for board nomination.
Chair:
Tanya Gazdik

Fundraising and Development
Provide financial guidance and support for JAWS, a nonprofit organization.

Co-Chairs:
Alison Bethel
Jhmira Alexander