NMWE is a unique initiative addressing opportunity, recruitment and retention for women in journalism. It fosters and spotlights the creativity, ingenuity and entrepreneurial abilities of women in media.
The awards program ended in 2013 following six years of generous support from the McCormick Foundation. We are currently seeking other funding sources.
The NMWE Advisory Board is made up of journalists with deep expertise on the issues of women in the news industry. The are journalists, researchers, historians, thinkers and doers who are interested in seeing how the news business could benefit from the creativity of news women.
Deputy Editor, Universal News Desk, The Washington Post
Cory Haik is an online journalist who has spent her last decade managing the disruption of web publishing. From producing content to managing people and products, from reporting to editing, multimedia, back-end production, development, from strategy to tactical web-journalism and its championship—she has happily had her hands in many things that make online journalism work. Haik was Managing Editor of NOLA.com, site of the Times-Picayune in New Orleans. She shared two Pulitzer Prizes with The Times-Picayune for the staff coverage of Hurricane Katrina, for breaking news and public service in 2006. She also recently shared a staff Pulitzer in 2010 for the coverage of police officer shootings with the staff of The Seattle Times.
Journalism Professor and Researcher
Maria Ivancin is a faculty member with the Public Communication division. She comes to SOC from Georgetown University, where she taught Integrated Marketing Communications, Principles of Marketing, Advertising Campaign Planning and Consumer Behavior and Marketing Research. As the president of Market Research Bureau, she provided strategic communication and market research consulting for clients. Prof. Ivancin has experience with many different audiences addressing all types of communication challenges. Ivancin received her MBA in marketing from the University of Illinois.
Vice President and Editor-in-Chief of News and Social Media, Everydayhealth.com
Ju-Don Marshall Roberts is the vice president and editor in chief of news and social media at Everydayhealth.com. Prior to joining Everyday Health, Roberts was senior vice president of programming and product at News Corporation’s Beliefnet property, where she managed the video, product, editorial, social media and community teams. Roberts spent 17 years at The Washington Post. Ten of those, she spent at washingtonpost.com, where she managed various departments, eventually running the Web site before her departure in 2009. Roberts graduated magna cum laude from Howard University and spent a year studying at Harvard University as a Nieman Fellow.
Senior Correspondent, Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune senior correspondent Ellen Warren has been a local, national political, congressional, U.S. Supreme Court, foreign and war correspondent. She pioneered the Tribune’s first political blog with her coverage of the 2004 presidential race. She’s also been a metro and features columnist and, early in her career, was the first woman legman for the late, great Chicago columnist Mike Royko. Warren has covered the White House, Chicago City Hall, the Middle East, presidential campaigns since 1976 and opening day at Wrigley Field. She is a member of the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame who started her career as a police reporter for the City News Bureau of Chicago.
Lisa Williams is the founder and CEO of Placeblogger.com, the largest searchable directory of local weblogs and winner of the Knight 21st Century News Challenge Award. Placeblogger has been covered by many media outlets including Wired, USA Today and the Washington Post. In addition to running Placeblogger, Williams is a fellow at the MIT Media Lab’s Center for Future Civic Media. The Media Lab is one of the most well-known university-based technology and innovation centers in the world. The newly formed Center for Future Civic Media focuses on meeting the information needs of humanity over the next 100 years.She also won the first New Media Women Entrepreneur Award.
Vivian Vahlberg is president of Vahlberg & Associates, and project director for The Chicago Community Trust's Community News Matters program, a project of the Knight Community Information Challenge. Vahlberg & Associates is a Chicago-based national executive consulting firm with expertise in management of foundations, nonprofit organizations and news media. Previously, Vivian was managing director and director of Digital Media of the Media Management Center at Northwestern University, where she developed research, publications and educational programs for news media executives. Also, she was director of journalism programs for the McCormick Tribune Foundation, where she managed investment of more than $70 million in journalism grants and programs in the U.S. and Latin America; executive director of the Society of Professional Journalists; vice president of the National Press Building Corporation; assistant Washington bureau chief for the Daily Oklahoman, Oklahoma City Times and Colorado Springs Sun; and adjunct professor of journalism at the Medill School of Journalism. She was the first woman president of the world-renowned National Press Club in Washington, D.C., and is an inductee of the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame. She has edited and/or written numerous studies about the news media. Most recently, she co-authored three major research studies of the online habits and preferences of young people
Program Officer, McCormick Foundation
Jennifer Choi is a program officer for McCormick Foundation’s Journalism Program. Choi joined the Foundation in 2012, and guides grantmaking in community-based news literacy, youth media and journalism training. She also monitors the changing landscape of journalism, from innovative approaches to producing and sharing content, to evaluating the social impact of journalism on civic engagement. Prior to joining the Foundation, Choi served as Chicago Public Media/WBEZ’s director of institutional initiatives. She has also held staff positions with the Illinois College of Optometry, Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago and Korean American Women in Need (KAN-WIN). Choi participates in the Chicago Women in Philanthropy’s mentorship program. She also serves as grantmaking co-chair for the Asian Giving Circle, a donor advised subsidiary of the Chicago Community Trust.
Media Consultant, Entrepreneur
Erin Polgreen works at the intersection of audience engagement, news innovation, and entrepreneurship. She is a recipient of the 2012 New Media Women Entrepreneur Award from the McCormick Foundation for the foundation of Symbolia: The Tablet Magazine of Illustrated Journalism. She is also a 2012 Women Entrepreneurs in the Digital News Frontier grantee from the International Women’s Media Foundation. Polgreen is currently building the Media Ideation Fellowships, and regularly consults for a variety of foundations and media organizations. In May 2012, Polgreen co-authored Engaging Audiences: Measuring Interactions, Engagement and Conversions with Jan Schaffer of J-Lab, which focused on how digital-first news organizations are measuring--and struggling to measure--audience participation and the overall impact of their work. Polgreen frequently speaks about editorial collaboration, audience engagement, comics journalism, and media innovation at venues such as the Public Radio Program Directors Association, NAMAC, the National Conference for Media Reform, the Society for News Design, and SXSWi.
Jan Schaffer directs J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism, which administers the New Media Women Entrepreneurs project as well as the national Knight-Batten Awards for Innovations in Journalism and the New Voices initiative, which is funding start-up hyper-local community news projects and the Knight Citizen News Network and J-Learning portals. She is the former executive director of the Pew Center for Civic Journalism, a $14 million, 10-year journalism reform initiative that helped to fund more than 120 journalism pilot projects that sought to involve people better in public life. A Pulitzer Prize winner for The Philadelphia Inquirer, she brings more than 30 years of journalism experience to her work, including assignments as business editor and as an editor and reporter for the city desk, national desk and business news departments. She is a former journalism fellow at Stanford University. She has been a regular discussion leader at the American Press Institute. In addition to funding demonstration projects, rewarding innovations and spotlighting best practices, she is involved in teaching, public speaking, writing, and sharing the lessons learned from the centers’ projects.