Renew now and keep JAWS strong in these challenging times. We're offering a 25% discount for renewing today, whether you're a current member or your membership has lapsed.

Renew your membership for 25% off!


In these extraordinary times, journalism is more important than ever – and so is the representation of women, trans and non-binary people in all facets of the profession.


We must stand together to fulfill the Journalism and Women Symposium’s (JAWS’) mission of supporting underrepresented journalists and working toward a more accurate portrayal of the whole society. Women, underrepresented in U.S. newsrooms even before COVID-19, are already suffering higher unemployment than men during this crisis – and the numbers are even worse for women of color. 


We need each other more than ever to buck this trend. To encourage you to renew (or rejoin), we are excited to offer 25% off for your renewal when you renew by Aug. 31, 2020!


JAWS is here to help you grow your network and learn the new skills you need to succeed professionally with virtual networking, webinars, online training discounts and regional programming. We support each other personally and professionally, sharing job opportunities, contacts, knowledge and lived experiences to help each other succeed. 


But we can only continue to do this with your support and membership. Women journalists around the nation need you in these unprecedented times. We hope you will continue to support the sisterhood of JAWS. 



Five reasons to renew! You get:


  1. A growing network of JAWS women who can offer motivation, support and ideas, not to mention the all-important comic relief and camaraderie; we have regional groups and captains hosting events in different hubs across the country.
  2. Access to a members-only platform with a directory, forums and messaging capabilities.
  3. Access to the JAWS private Facebook group, allowing you to communicate with JAWS members around the country and share ideas, experiences, and news affecting women that you may not see reported elsewhere.
  4. Free members-only webinars and discount registration to our annual Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP).
  5. Other valuable member-only benefits and discounts offered by strategic partners.




Who Can Be a JAWS Member


There are two categories of membership: voting and associate. All memberships are subject to board approval. If your work or education circumstances have changed, you're welcome to renew under a more accurate category. JAWS operations may contact you in the event of such changes (for example, to confirm enrollment in a journalism degree program or a career change that makes a member eligible for voting membership). The membership criteria are as follows:

Voting membership (including Emerging Professional and Lifetime membership) is open to:

  • Journalists who are employed in digital news; broadcast, cable or online TV; radio or podcasts; newspapers; news services or syndicates; magazines; and social platforms that disseminate news and information.
  • Journalists whose primary occupation is freelancing in the fields listed above.
  • Journalism educators and administrators.
  • People whose primary occupation is research or publishing in the field of journalism.
  • People employed by organizations dedicated to serving journalists.

Associate members (including Student members) are entitled to all the privileges of membership except voting and pay the same dues and fees. The following people may join:

  • Students* of journalism and those active in campus media at the college level or above
  • Former journalists with at least three years of experience and who embrace or further the mission of Journalism and Women Symposium
  • Freelance journalists who meet all of the following criteria:
    • Currently spend less than 50 percent of their time working for independent news organizations 
    • Do not pitch stories on behalf of clients to other journalists
    • Have no media relations role
    • Embrace or further the mission of Journalism and Women Symposium.

*For purposes of this membership category, a student is defined as someone currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program.




How to Join or Renew: 


To join online, select the appropriate membership level from the buttons on the top right-hand side of this page (or at the bottom of this page on your mobile device).


To join or give a gift by check, please make your check payable to Journalism & Women Symposium and mail to:


Journalism and Women Symposium
2885 Sanford Ave. SW, #29226,
Grandville, MI 49418-1342

Membership Levels


1-Year Voting Membership for $56

Read more

2-Year Voting Membership for $105

Read more

1-Year Associate Membership for $56

Read more

2-Year Associate Membership for $105

Read more

1-Year Student Membership for $26

Read more


JAWS Eloiza Altoro Grandville, MI
Nonprofit Organization Donations Tax Deductible