Ends on June 28, 2019

The Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) will bring an Emerging Journalist Fellow to our annual Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) for three days of training, networking and professional development. This year’s JAWS CAMP will be held at The Williamsburg Lodge in Williamsburg, Virginia Sept. 20- 22, 2019.


The annual JAWS CAMP focuses on strengthening core journalism skills, building personal brands and careers and developing strategies for success in our evolving media landscape. Participants move toward improving gender parity in our profession, empowering women in leadership and management, and encouraging a more accurate portrayal of the whole society. Participants enjoy a dynamic weekend filled with inspiring speakers, motivating career development sessions as well as rewarding networking and mentoring opportunities. JAWS is an experience that has helped launch countless careers, and ignited lifelong friendships.


The fellowship offers a stipend that covers CAMP registration and travel expenses. Fellows also receive a one-year JAWS membership or renewal. Candidates are selected based on a combination of merit, financial need, their commitment and dedication to the field of journalism, and their potential contribution to JAWS as an organization that supports diversity across race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, media platform, beat, and location.


Fellows will be asked to participate in the weekend’s events (which include engaging with our keynote speakers, possibly presenting their work to our membership, and more) and to participate in promotional videos to help spread the word about CAMP and JAWS fellowships. 


Applicants should have at least one but no more than five years of professional journalism experience.

Professional journalism experience includes up to one full year of campus news publication/broadcast experience, paid and unpaid internship experience, as well as contract, freelance, part-time and full-time work.

Please note: The JAWS Emerging Journalist Fellowship is open to international journalists, but the stipend only covers domestic travel. the JAWS Emerging Journalist Fellowship is not open to undergraduate students. Graduate students may apply. We encourage undergraduates to become involved by joining JAWS at the $35 student rate and attending JAWS events and regional gatherings.


To apply please create a one-time, free account with submittable.com and complete the online application, which includes:

  1. A one-page résumé
  2. Two samples of your professional, published work in journalism (links or documents). All samples must be provided in English.
  3. Brief descriptions of your submitted samples
  4. A personal statement (no more than 500 words) – Why is an organization like JAWS important to you? What will you contribute to the group? How do your personal and professional values align with the mission of JAWS? How would you describe your commitment and dedication to journalism? 
  5. One letter of recommendation from a current or previous editor, producer or supervisor in journalism. We would prefer to receive the recommendation letter attached with the rest of your application. However, if your recommender would rather email the letter directly to the fellowship committee (jawsfellows@gmail.com), please ask him/her to include your first and last name in the subject line.

The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. EDT June 28, 2019.

Any application that doesn’t comply with these instructions will not be considered.

If you have any questions about the fellowship or the application process, please contact the JAWS fellowship committee at jawsfellows@gmail.com. For more information and updates about this year’s CAMP, please visit the JAWS website at www.jaws.org.