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Nov. 24, 2014
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Bay Area

Date: Nov. 30
Details: “Red Hot Patriot: The Kick Ass Wit of Molly Ivins,” the play about legendary political journalist Molly Ivins, opened at Berkeley Rep this month. Authors (and JAWdesses) Allison Engel and Margaret Engel will host a special Q&A for Bay Area members after the Nov. 30 matinee. Show runs through Jan. 5.  

Location: Berkeley Rep

Contact: Send your RSVP to Emily Beaver.
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Southern California

Date: Dec. 7
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Details: K.C. Cole is bringing back Categorically Not! and it can be a fun JAWS get-together. She puts together a program that brings together science and the arts with a central theme. More details to follow, but she promises there will be time to drink wine and mingle after. 

Location: Santa Monica Art Studios

Contact: Call (310) 397-7449 or send your RSVP to Megan Sweas.
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Have an upcoming event? Host a lecture, potluck or happy hour in your region and publicize your local gathering in the next newsletter. Email details to Connie K. Ho.


*JAWS CAMP 2014 panelist, director-producer Carol Bash (“Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band”) and member Janice Rhoshalle Littlejohn, (director-producer of “‘...but can she play?’: Blowin’ the Roof Off Women Horn Players and Jazz”), were nominated by the Black Women in Jazz & The Arts Awards Association.

*Alice Driver’s book, “More or Less Dead: Feminicide, Haunting, and the Ethics of Representation in Mexico,” is now available for purchase.
(Publicist Rosemary Brandt:

*In 2015, JAWS advisory board member Jill Geisler will shift from senior faculty to affiliate faculty status at the Poynter Institute, in order to focus on the demand for her teaching and coaching in organizations.

*Stacy-Marie Ishmael has joined BuzzFeed News as the editor of its mobile news app.

*The American University chapter of She’s The First honored JAWS president Linda Kramer Jenning at its Nov. 15 women in leadership gala that raises money to support the education of girls in low-income countries. Arnesa Howell, a JAWS member, accompanied Linda to the event.

*Donna Pierce was selected as a Nieman Foundation Visiting Fellow for the 2014-2015 academic year.

*JAWdess and board member Hilary Powell will join 11 other young journalists in Germany for the 2014 Fulbright Berlin Capital Program. 

*Cathryn Ramin has received award nominations from Folio and the National Women’s Political Caucus for her More Magazine piece “The Hormone Hoax.”

*JAWS past president Kat Rowlands is starting a new job Dec. 1 as deputy business editor at the San Jose Mercury News and Bay Area News Group to help direct business and technology coverage of Silicon Valley, a change from her longtime post as East Bay Metro Editor for the same newspaper group. 

*Very new JAWS member Marina Villeneuve has left her quiet apartment in central Maine for a comfy room in a bustling city in New Jersey, where she’s now a reporter for The Record. She was a fellow at CAMP this year.

*Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson, an early comics historian, reports that Shannon Wheeler, a cartoonist for The New Yorker who draws the “Too Much Coffee Man” cartoons, has created a three-page comic strip for the magazine’s special issue of cartoons based on the adventurous life of Nicky’s grandfather Maj. Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson. He was the founder of DC Comics and Nicky has a book about him coming out soon.
Have news to share? Send to Connie K. Ho for the next issue. We reserve the right to edit for space.
Board of Directors
Linda Kramer Jenning,
Sandra Fish,
Susy Schultz,
  Vice President
Amy Resnick,
Sheila Solomon,
Angela Greiling Keane
Justine Griffin
Liz Seegert
Gina Setser
Erin Siegal McIntyre
Judy Miller
Pam Moreland
Donna Myrow
Merrill Perlman
Hilary Powell
Kira Zalan

Regional Captains
Gwyneth Doland and Megan Kamerick,
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Jill Cox-Cordova, 
Atlanta, Georgia
Emily Beaver, 
Bay Area, California
Karen Cheung-Larivee, 
Boston, Massachusetts
Nancy Day and Sheila Solomon,
Chicago, Illinois
Sandra Fish, 
Denver, Colorado
Deirdre Bannon and Lisa Gillespie,
District of Columbia
Stephanie Yamkovenko, 
Frederick, Maryland
Solmaz Sharif, 
New York City
Susanna Ray, 
Seattle, Washington
Megan Sweas, 
Southern California

Advisory Board
Jill Geisler
Diana B. Henriques
Dori Maynard
Geneva Overholser
Lisa Stone

Justine Griffin and Merrill Perlman, Communications Co-Chairwomen
Karen Cheung-Larivee, Boston Regional Captain
Connie K. Ho, Web Manager

Adrienne Lawrence, Interim Operations and CAMP Director
Kat Rowlands, Interim Development Director
Ankita Rao, Social Media Manager
Connie K. Ho, Web Manager

President’s Letter: Building on core strengths

By Linda Kramer Jenning, JAWS President

This year at the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) at the La Quinta Resort and Club near Palm Springs, California, our amazing fellows asked for a few moments on the program because they had something to say. They stood up and, one by one, shared how they had become hooked on JAWS, how they had found it a safe place, a place of support, rejuvenating and inspiring and so much more. 

They summed up eloquently and with emotion everything I might have said in my opening remarks after immediate past president Lauren Whaley placed the stylish shark tiara on my head. The fellows, like the excellent journalists they are, zoomed in on the heart of what JAWS is about.

My goal as your new president is to build on those core strengths, the same ones the fellows cited. For JAWS to pursue its mission, we need a more diverse membership, we need an actively engaged membership and we need a membership committed to supporting women at all stages of their journalism careers. That’s why we are building a Diversity Committee, why we are expanding regional programming and why we are making mentoring available at any time during the year. 

We don’t have avatars running this nonprofit association. Whatever JAWS does or doesn’t do depends on you. As I said at CAMP, I’m all ears. Tell me what you want from JAWS and how you can help make that happen. I also hope you will enjoy our new “BoardBytes,” highlights of our board meetings pulled together by secretary Sheila Solomon. I hope this quick take will help keep everyone in the know, even in the limited time so many of us have.



Meet the new board 

Congratulations to the 2014-2015 board! The membership voted and elected our nominees at our annual conference, per our bylaws. Returning board members who were elected in 2013 are continuing their service of their two-year terms.
  • President Linda Kramer Jenning, Washington editor, Glamour magazine, Georgetown University adjunct professor, Washington, D.C.
  • President-elect Sandra Fish, data journalist for New Mexico in Depth, former university instructor, contributor to Al Jazeera America and Colorado Public Radio, working in Colorado and New Mexico 
  • Vice President Susy Schultz, president, Community Media Workshop, Chicago, journalism adjunct Columbia College Chicago (past JAWS president)  
  • Treasurer Amy Resnick, executive editor, Pensions & Investments (Crain Communications, Inc.), New York 
  • Secretary Sheila Solomon, editor, producer and internship recruiter, Rivet Radio, Chicago; formerly Chicago Tribune, Chicago
  • Justine Griffin, reporter, social media, engagement/assistant projects editor, Herald-Tribune, Sarasota, Florida  
  • Angela Greiling Keane, White House beat reporter, Bloomberg, Washington, D.C.   
  • Pam Moreland, founder and principal, Golden Wheel Communications, a Silicon Valley digital media firm, San Jose, California (past JAWS president)
  • Merrill Perlman, editing consultant; columnist,; adjunct assistant professor, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism; former director of copy desks, The New York Times  
  • Liz Seegert, freelance journalist, specializing in issues of health and aging; senior fellow, Center for Health, Media & Policy, Hunter College; co-producer, HealthStyles, WBAI-FM, New York
  • Gina Setser, independent media manager, consultant; former multimedia editor for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (past JAWS president) 
  • Erin Siegal McIntyre, investigative reporter, Univision, Miami; author, photographer, documentarian, Tijuana, Mexico, and elsewhere   
  • Judy Miller, consultant; former television reporter, Boca Raton, Florida
  • Donna Myrow, youth media executive, Palm Springs, California
  • Hilary Powell, reporter, Lakeshore Public Media (PBS), covering Northwest Indiana for the region’s only local broadcast
  • Kira Zalan, reporter, ACAMS Money Laundering, Washington, D.C.

Thank you and CAMP recap

By Lauren Whaley, JAWS Immediate Past President

Dear JAWS members:

Thank you all, once again, for the opportunity to serve as your president.

At CAMP, I officially passed the crown to the very capable Linda Kramer Jenning. But I did want to say goodbye one more time and also give a brief recap of our incredible 2014 Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP).

This year, 180 people enjoyed the program (and pools) at the La Quinta Resort and Club near Palm Springs, California. We listened intently as Jill Abramson told us that she still doesn’t really know why she was fired, that she had a hard time retaining a diverse staff, and that she is launching a new venture that will pay writers $100,000 for long-form pieces. We heard from Peg Simpson during the Legacy Luncheon as she detailed stories from decades when gender discrimination was endemic in newsrooms. We couldn’t get enough of Linda Deutsch’s tales about documenting every famous court case in history (except Socrates’). And we listened as Anna Holmes talked about what diversity looks like, as well as her personal path from working at women’s magazines to critiquing them on Jezebel, the wildly famous women’s website she started, to becoming an editor of Digital Voices at Fusion and working as a columnist for The New York Times Book Review. We also watched documentaries, learned about podcasting and apps, listened to panels and watched glorious sunsets in the picturesque desert. We danced on Halloween, traded Twitter handles and, always, made new friends across the generations. 

Thank you all for such a wonderful culmination to a difficult, but ultimately rewarding year.

I wanted to share with you some highlights from my time on the board as a way to say: Wow! We have done so much and I am so excited to see where this next board and all our members take JAWS.

I look back on my years serving JAWS with pride: Serving first as membership chair in 2011-2012 during a growth spurt and then as communications chair when I overhauled the website in an effort to enhance our digital presence. As president-elect in 2012-13 and president in 2013-14, together with an incredible board, we focused on building internal systems that would support our growth and expand our programming to better serve our 700 (and growing!) members. I hope my legacy is one of improving efficiency and function, while maintaining the inclusive and warm spirit of JAWS.

In fact, immediate past communications chair Karen Cheung-Larivee brought to my attention that in the 2010 membership survey, you all asked for a new website, a searchable archive on the listserv, email newsletters, more regional trainings and regional listservs for trainings and events. We have accomplished these! 

With the tireless efforts of a dedicated working board and part-time staff members, we have accomplished so much:

  • Expanded fellowships to include 10 emerging fellowships, one diversity fellowship, one mid-career fellowship and one entrepreneurial fellowship. These incredible fellows stood up in front of those assembled at CAMP to tell the group how JAWS had touched them, had given them a voice, a community and an excitement to go out and kick ass. Also, they had everyone — myself included — in tears with their heartfelt stories about being welcomed into JAWS.
  • Implemented a new online membership database that allows members to connect, as well as track membership dues and donations. We have signed on for another year with YourMembership and have the ability to add more features.
  • Implemented best practices for financial reporting, including QuickBooks online. With the help of former treasurer Jessica Rettig, current treasurer Amy Resnick and interim operations director Adrienne Lawrence, our books are getting better organized. Also, as Amy reported at CAMP: We’re in the black!
  • Gained financial support from sponsors to sustain the organization and keep membership and conference costs low. Our numerous sponsors of CAMP show how people outside of our beloved organization value women journalists and all the great and necessary work we do. 
  • Formed a new diversity committee. I launched this at CAMP 2013 and am excited to see where this next board takes it. We must keep having difficult conversations to make sure we are as welcoming and inclusive as possible. We also want to live up to our mission of working toward a more accurate portrayal of the whole society.
  • Formed a new legal and business affairs committee to help organize us as a nonprofit.
  • Formed a new future staffing committee to research and make recommendations for the future of JAWS. 
  • Improved and streamlined more frequent communications, including a more user-friendly listserv, mobile-friendly monthly e-newsletter, expanded social media and redesigned website
  • Started a year-round mentoring program to expand the wonderful relationships started at CAMP.
  • Expanded regional events to re-create the intimacy, mentoring and networking we experience at CAMP.

Thank you to everyone who makes this organization run. Thank you to those who wrapped me in the JAWS quilt of love. Right back at you. All of you. 

So long!


Give back to JAWS after a fabulous CAMP 

By Katherine Ann Rowlands, JAWS Interim Development Director

Thanks to all of you who made contributions to JAWS or participated in the fundraising auction last weekend at CAMP 2014. And for those of you who meant to give back to JAWS after such an amazing program, you are just a click away.

If you prefer to send a check, make it out to JAWS and mail to: 2885 Sanford Ave. SW #29226, Grandville, MI 49418.

JAWS relies on the Annual Fund to support the programs you have requested because we can’t do it on dues alone. We have an ambitious goal of raising $60,000 this year for our Annual Fund and engaging more donors — whether they be members or outside supporters — so that we can expand our network and provide additional programming at regional events throughout the year. Your tax-deductible gift helps the Journalism and Women Symposium provide the mentoring, training and support that women need. Just $30 helps us provide inexpensive memberships to students and fellows while $300 helps to bring speakers to CAMP and other regional gatherings. A $1,000 donation earns you a place in our Leadership Circle and special acknowledgments from the Board of Directors.

Thank you for being a part of JAWS and for promoting women in journalism through your donation!

November BoardBytes 

By Sheila Solomon, JAWS Secretary

To read the full minutes, visit the members-only site and log in to view them.

Regional gatherings recap

JAWS Boston: Boston JAWdesses attended a WBUR event with Jill Abramson, where she announced her new startup venture to publish long-form journalism. 

JAWS D.C.: The D.C. regional group toasted our very own Linda Kramer Jennings becoming the new JAWS president at our Nov. 20 monthly happy hour. Members shared stories about all Linda has done for the D.C. group and how excited we are for what she will bring to JAWS on the national level. A few members also spoke about highlights from CAMP for those who weren’t able to attend.


On Nov. 18, the D.C. regional group had an outing to the Lansburgh Theatre where members saw a staged reading of Rachel Crothers’ 1937 play, “Susan and God,” one in a series of five plays highlighting the work of five women playwrights from five different decades, each directed by a woman.

JAWS Southern California: In October, JAWS Southern California hosted a potluck and chat with Los Angeles Times columnist Robin Abcarian as well as a panel on multiplatform storytelling. These days, with the influx of technology, stories can be told across a number of platforms including print, online and social media. Speakers from a variety of disciplines shared their experiences in working with these different platforms and a few takeaways included the importance of verification, asking clarification questions as well as the need for strong reporting and writing skills. Panelists included Anne Valdespino, food section editor and OCHome editor at the Orange County Register; Elaine Murphy, reporter at Fullerton Stories and contributor at Dream of Italy; Stephanie Stephens, host, executive producer and writer of Mind Your Body TV; Tracy Wood, senior writer at the Voice of OC; and Lynn Selich, on-air personality at KOCI Radio 101.5 and columnist at the Newport Beach Independent.

For its November event, SoCal JAWS partnered with Ms. Magazine to host a public forum on women, body image and the media at the Feminist Majority headquarters in Beverly Hills. Moderated by So Cal JAWS member Amy Lieu (editor, SoCal Connected), the lively discussion provided a plethora of diverse insights from writer-editor Ramona Gonzales (TheRevista Magazine,; Ms. Magazine senior editor-author Michele Kort (“Here Come the Brides: Reflections on Lesbian Love and Marriage”); journalist-author Evelyn McDonnell (“Queens of Noise: The Real Story of the Runaways”); and Kelly Redmond, founder of Impact Media & Entertainment Coalition.

Afterward, there was a networking reception and an author book sale/signing featuring McDonnell, Kort and author Melanie Klein with contributor Joni Yung (“Yoga and Body Image: 25 Personal Stories About Beauty, Bravery and Loving Your Body”). Ms. also generously provided free copies of the Fall 2014 issue.  

Pia Guerrero, founder of Adios, Barbie, facilitated the live Tweet session at #jawsbodyimage.

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