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Help us raise $35,000 for JAWS' 35 year anniversary.

Do you love JAWS — and our mission of supporting women in journalism while helping to work toward a more accurate portrayal of the whole society? Help us ensure JAWS is around for another 35 years  by raising $35,000 for our 35th anniversary.


Whatever you can give helps us show funders that our members care — whether that's 5, $35, $350, $3500, or any amount you can afford. Our 35 for 35 campaign runs between now and September 2021. But from now until the end of 2020, up to $300 of your donation is tax-deductible.


What's more, a member will match all donations up to $3500!


Here's what your donations do:

  • $5 (or any amount!) tells foundations that our members care
  • $35 funds a student membership -- or helps underwrite an unemployed journalist's membership for the year. 
  • $350 funds a webinar that's free to our members 
  • $3,500 underwrites THREE fellowships to CAMP


To donate online, click the appropriate button on the righthand side of the page.


To donate by check, please make it payable to the Journalism & Women Symposium and mail to:

2885 Sanford Avenue, SW, #29226, Grandeville, MI, 49418

JAWS EIN: 84-1077803


What is JAWS?

The Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) supports and promotes female, trans and non-binary journalists who identify as women, while helping our profession more accurately portray the whole society.


That’s a serious challenge.


Women were underrepresented in U.S. newsrooms even before the COVID-19 pandemic. Now women are suffering higher unemployment than men during this crisis – and the numbers are even worse for women of color.

If we want to fix this, we need to band together.


The Status of Women in the U.S. Media 2019” from  Women's Media Center shows that despite some gains, men still dominate in every part of news, entertainment and digital media.

Did you know:

  • The American Society of News Editors’ latest tally found that women comprised only 41.7% and people of color only 22.6% of the overall workforce in responding newsrooms.
  • Sports desks at 75 of the nation’s newspapers and online news sites earned a “D+” for gender and racial diversity, combined, and a sixth consecutive “F” for lack of gender equity, according to the “Racial and Gender Report Card,” commissioned by the Associated Press Sports Editors.
  • Women own only 7.4% of the nation’s commercial TV stations, according to the federal government’s most recent tally.
  • The percentage of white and male workers in newsrooms was higher than in that of the overall U.S. workforce, according to the Pew Research Center.
  • Male congressional journalists had twice as many followers and maintained a higher profile on Twitter than did women congressional journalists, according to researchers from George Washington and Calvin Universities.


JAWS tackles these issues head-on with a combination of training, mentoring, and networking, as you'll find on our website.

Giving Options

Legacy Fund Donation

The Legacy Fund supports special projects that enrich the work of JAWS and honor women trailblazers in journalism. The Legacy Fund trustees form these projects and funding for them.

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JAWS Board Contribution

This option is specific to JAWS Board members to contribute to a special Board designated fund. 

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Presidents' Giving Circle

This option is specific to the past Presidents of JAWS to contribute to a designated Giving Circle. 

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