JAWS needs (and values!) your time and experience. Please apply to join a JAWS committee or task force to invest in our thriving network of women in journalism.
Please consider joining a committee or task force this year to share your unique skills and opinions…” with “We need your help! We’re now seeking volunteers for all the JAWS committees and task forces, including board governance, CAMP, communications, diversity, elections, finance, fundraising, membership, mentorship, regional groups, programming and elections.
JAWS is, and always has been, member driven. That means our ambitious plans can’t happen without your unique skills, talents and perspectives. Please consider joining a committee or task force this year to advance the professional empowerment and personal growth of women in journalism and advocate for more inclusive coverage of the diverse experiences and cultures that comprise our society.
The JAWS board and staff have structured committees and task forces that will put your skills and ideas to work — whether that’s designing new digital programming, participating in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts, creating a new mentorship program, supporting regional get-togethers and much more.
Joining a committee is a fantastic opportunity to develop new skills and connections while transforming the world. You’ll get leadership experience, build your resume, make new friends, expand your network -- and help JAWS deliver the best resources, create useful, innovative programming and build a stronger sense of community for members like you.
Programs and Services Committee
Help evaluate past national and regional programming to keep what works! Recommend and help design NEW all-year programming for the JAWS community, including professional development; current issues in journalism; fellowships; collaborations; mentorship and sponsorship.
Develop the annual conference programming, including keynote speaker(s), panel sessions and training workshops in addition to activities.
Help identify and communicate with the next board members
Understand the composition of, assess the needs and identify value and benefits for the JAWS membership. Lead efforts in sustaining and boosting JAWS membership, with emphasis on diversity in age, race, ethnicity, media, and regions of the country.
Set goals and offer guidance for assuring that diversity is reflected and promoted throughout JAWS.
Provide financial oversight and support to JAWS. Works with the treasurer to review expenditures and determine the annual budget, including funds available for CAMP and scholarships/fellowships.
Work with the board to raise funds and develop sources of revenue to sustain and expand JAWS programs and services.
Oversee external and internal communications to assure that members are fully informed and to heighten the profile of JAWS across platforms. Coordinates public statements on behalf of the organization with the JAWS president, board and staff.
Support regional captains on partnering and developing programming to meet the needs of regional members during the year at locations across the country.
This task force will work together to make recomendations to the board for the next iteration of JAWS mentorship. JAWS wants to create a sustainable, comprehensive mentorship program.