JOURNALISM AND WOMEN SYMPOSIUM

Rating: 4.9 stars   21 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: Mu School of Journalish 1 Neff Hall Columbia MO 65211 USA

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Rating: 5 stars  

JAWS is an amazing organization of female journalists--simultaneously dead-serious and raucously funny, immensely supportive and highly challenging. From the very first time I attended "camp," the annual symposium, I was more than welcomed. People roped me into conversations and meals, offered their guest rooms if I ever traveled to their cities, were generous with their time and connections, and urged me to aim high and higher. These profound friends have asked me to double-check my sources, given me phone numbers and inside knowledge, and let me help them when I could. Give! Join! Come make new friends and connections, and change journalism into a field that better supports women!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Sources, connections, friendships, ideas, fundraising, job-hunting.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Urge more of us to be active in bringing in new members.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a founding member and former Board member, JAWS has and continues to be an important part of my life in every way.
Professionally, I've valued the smart focused support and advice of fellow members.
These are incredible women, young and old, through whom the thread of women and journalism continues to educate and bond us.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Personally, There have been times in my life, I don't know what I would have done without the wonderful world of JAWS! How many of us can count on 100+ women to always have your back! And make us laugh and cry and think and challenge. Pretty heady stuff, me thinks.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

A little more diversity maybe.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Journalism and Women Symposium offers women throughout the media industry a forum to discuss ideas and issues that directly affect women in the media. We host multimedia workshops both regionally at our annual fall "camp," to help women journalists improve and perfect their skills in a changing media environment.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Through the informal and formal mentoring that goes on throughout the organization. Whether it's a discussion of the work we are producing, issues we face as women in journalism, or networking to find employment, JAWS is the first place I turn.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would grow the organization to 500 members--from around 400 members today--and create a sustainable fund-raising system so that JAWS will be around for many decades to come.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I have met the most amazing, inspirational women since I joined JAWS. As a veteran journalist, I have learned so much from younger members about the changes taking place in our profession and in return have been able to mentor some of the profession's future stars. But JAWS is getting even better as it aims to expand its horizons to offer cutting-edge training to women both starting out in their careers and those needing new skills to stay in the business.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Making connections, learning new skills

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand its membership and offerings

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

JAWS has been the most amazing organization because the women in JAWS believed in my leadership capabilities much more than I did myself. I first came to the annual conference on a fellowship in 1998. I served on the board for two years, helping re-write the strategic plan and fundraise for two challenge grants. When I was asked to stand as president, I never thought I could do it, but these women made me trust in my own abilities. I can always turn to them for professional guidance and personal encouragement. And each conference is an amazing learning experience that I find very empowering. In a chaotic media landscape where diversity is endangered more than ever, JAWS helps women advance in their careers and encourages them to help other women advance as well.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

As a board member, a volunteer, a general member attending conferences and training.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Bring in more members and do more fundraising in order to offer more programming to members.

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