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Nonprofit Overview

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

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 4

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.

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar