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Causes: Arts & Culture, Printing & Publishing

Mission: Support personal growth of women in newsrooms

Programs: Annual journalism & women symposium camps were held with educational seminars and guest speakers

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9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

JAWS is indispensable as a source of positive connection and support for women journalists. That support comes in many vital forms -- sharing experiences, stimulating intellectual exchange and creating bonds based on shared professional interests and friendship. It is a group that is a vital core for women journalists of many ages and from many types of journalism.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

JAWS is a valuable connector of writers and reporters of many generations, with a growing base of younger members who teach others the intricacies of social media networking techniques. It also offers techno workshops for members in sessions across the country to raise the skills of journalists in this very difficult transition. And it is a formidable force for networking, which remains important decades after the lawsuits have been resolved seeking to get more women in the door.
It also goes well beyond the mega-white girls in drawing in reporters and editors of different races and ethnicities -- never enough but enough so that it seems natural and is a base to build on.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

The Journalism and Women Symposium provides a number of excellent benefits:
Access to outstanding female achievers in media fields,
Updating of professional skills in a non-threatening environment,
Confidence-boosting opportunities,
Friendships with female peers,
Opportunities to keep up with industry trends and hear analyses of media issues by outstanding media professionals.

Review from Guidestar

Alicia S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

JAWs is a group of female journalists that actively supports other females through an e-mail list serve sharing jobs and ideas. And meets once a year in a cool place to listen to excellent (usually) female speakers and laugh a lot. It's a long weekend that allows everyone to recharge their batteries, renew friendships and remember why we love journalism and picked it as our chosen field.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've recently joined JAWS because of the wonderful opportunities made possible by this organization.
JAWS allows women journalist across the United States, and often abroadm to learn from one another. In doing so, JAWS members share common experiences and learn from one another. This organization elevates the profession.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

From its start in 1985, JAWS has been an organization for women unlike any other. It isn't a club or a sorority. It is a symposium where women in journalism meet once a year at a "camp," not a staid convention, to examine the role women play in journalism, find inspiration in their professional lives and commune with each other in great places like Fishkill, Montana. Its earliest members--like Betsy Wade of the New York Times -- were some of the best in the business. I hesitated to join them until I went to camp and found that everyone was equal regardless of title or experience. An incredibly accessible, supportive group. Today as journalism struggles for relevancy, JAWS empowers the next generation of women to find solutions. Between camps, the website and list serv keep everyone alerted to issues, job/fellowship opportunities and the special events members hold around the country

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

JAWS brings together women in media who have excelled in their work, who want to reach higher and go farther, and who also want to bring younger women along in the news and information business, which hasn't always appreciated its female employees. JAWS camps and mini-camps offer intellectual and professional development and opportunities to build relationships with trailblazers. Membership provides peer-to-peer interaction and support. All of these are critical for female journalists' advancement -- particularly at a time when news-gathering techniques and the economic model for journalism are changing faster than we ever could have imagined.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Journalism is a rapidly changing profession. The Journalism and Women Symposium provides excellent training in multimedia and other skills to help us keep up with the evolving landscape of the profession. JAWS also provides mentoring and encouragement to help young women advance their careers and veteran journalists re-invent their careers.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization provides unique opportunties to integrate women into news coverage by supporting women journalists in all aspects of news media.

Review from Guidestar