Please enjoy the latest issue of the JAWS newsletter. DECEMBER 2013 
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Jan. 20
5:30 - 8 p.m.
Mansion on O, 2020 O St. NW
Hosted by Roberta Baskin
Sign up for the D.C. region listserv.

JAWS Frederick, MD

Jan. 12
2 p.m.
D. Dolan’s home, 301 Upper College Terrace, Frederick
Speaker: Karlys Kline
Hosted by Adrienne Lawrence.


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JAWS Southern CA

Jan. 19
Noon - 5 p.m.
Donna Myrow’s home, 2367 Miramonte Circle West, #C Palm Springs
Hosted by Megan Sweas‪.
Sign up for the Southern CA region listserv
Connect on Facebook.


Have an upcoming event? Host a lecture, potluck or happy hour in your region and publicize your local gathering in the next newsletter issue. Email details to Connie K. Ho.

Bay Area members gather to talk books

Bay Area JAWS members gathered at the home of Kat Rowlands in Oakland, Calif. on Dec. 15 to swap advice about writing and publishing books. Claire Booth, a journalist and author, Bonnie Britt, a book editor, and Laura Fraser, who is launching SheBooks as a new publishing platform, gave great tips for writing and marketing your book, getting an agent and building a community of writers and readers for your work.


*Alice Driver recently finished a short film that follows the lives of four photojournalists in Juárez, Mexico.

*Cutter Hodierne’s feature film, “Fishing Without Nets,” was accepted for the 2014 Sundance Film Festival; he is Lisa Shepard’s 27-year-old son.

*Lana Straub graduated as a Certified Texas Master Naturalist and was elected the chapter state representative for Llano Estacado Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist.
Have news to share? Send to Connie K. Ho for the next issue. We reserve the right to edit for space.

Going to any conferences?

JAWS wants to reach out to our sisters in other journalism organizations to spread the word about our group and look for ways to partner.

If you are already planning to attend an upcoming journalism conference, please email JAWS Ambassador Kat Rowlands so she can arm you with cards, pins and information and perhaps coordinate a Jawdess gathering at the conference.

Two coming up are:
- Association of Writers and Writing Programs Feb. 26 in Seattle
- Exceptional Women in Publishing March 6 in San Francisco

Social media tip

Send Ankita Rao your favorite media pieces by women journos from this year, the worst/most offensive pieces from this year and the best thing YOU wrote/edited/filmed etc. this year. Make sure to include your Twitter handle!

Use the hashtag #jawsopps on Twitter or Facebook for fellowships, grants and jobs you want to share.
Board of Directors
Becky Day,
  Executive Director
Lauren M. Whaley,
Susy Schultz,
Nancy Day,
  Deputy Vice-President
Jessica Rettig,
Kimberly Johnson,
Karen Cheung-Larviee
Jennifer DePaul
Adrienne Lawrence
Judy Miller
Donna Myrow
Sarah Pollock
Hilary Powell
Erin Siegal McIntyre
Rachel Louise Snyder
Lisen Stromberg
Kira Zalan

Regional Captains
Megan Sweas, Southern CA
Jennifer DePaul, D.C.
Emily Beaver, Bay Area
Karen Cheung-Larivee, Boston

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

Karen Cheung-Larivee, Communications Chairwoman
Adrienne Lawrence, Editor
Merrill Perlman, Copy Editor
Ankita Rao, Social Media Manager
Connie K. Ho, Website Manager

President’s letter 

By Lauren M. Whaley,
JAWS President

Dear JAWS members:

As I look to the year ahead and all the exciting upcoming programs and life events, I have to pause. I have to remind myself that there are a few days left in this year and lots to do before the clock strikes midnight.

Tucked in among our power cords and notebooks, my husband and I have piles of baby clothes to wash, baskets of papers to file and stacks of presents to send. We’re getting ready to welcome our first child into the world. After all these months, I still cannot believe he or she is almost here!

With many work projects under my belt, a recent apartment move and a nearly complete pregnancy, I have had quite the year personally.

Even so, my JAWS work has been some of the most gratifying.

In my role as communications chair and now as president, I feel honored to be contributing to such an important and vibrant organization. I want to remind everyone of our numerous accomplishments from 2013. And, again, we still have a few days to meet our goals!

We need these days to finish our year-end push and complete the fundraising plan that will help us meet 2013 budget goals and look toward 2014, a year that promises new programs, trainings, mentoring and the continued camaraderie we all crave and love from our JAWS sisters.

In 2013, we …

  • Topped more than 200 attendees and inspiring speakers — such as Vermont’s first female governor, Madeleine Kunin, and The New York Times executive editor, Jill Abramson — at our Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) in Burlington, Vt., which was a major hit with our members.
  • Sent 10 amazing fellows to the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) with generous donations via our online crowd-funding campaign (GoFundMe).
  • Provided more than $9,000 in complimentary and discounted registrations for fellows and many top speakers at CAMP, thanks to our corporate and university sponsors, the successful online and onsite auction, and your contributions. You may have noticed we also raised CAMP registration fees to $345 to reflect our actual CAMP costs. This is not a money-making event for JAWS. With most meals covered, our rates are still more reasonable than most other journalism conferences, and that is a testament to our amazing volunteers on the board and among our members.
  • Took our annual auction digital, allowing those who couldn’t attend CAMP the opportunity to participate in our first-ever online auction (Bidding for Good).
  • Moved our listserv to a Google Group; it is robust, lively, and growing by the day.
  • Launched a brand new website.
  • Created a new membership management platform (, a members-only online portal and mentorship matching system, which we’re launching in early 2014.
  • Expanded our mobile-friendly, monthly e-newsletter.
  • Brought on board a part-time social media manager.
  • Brought on board a part-time website manager.
  • Formalized and increased regional programming, especially in bigger metro areas, such as D.C., New York, the Bay Area and Los Angeles.
  • Saw our membership increase significantly to 650, compared with 575 in 2012, 308 in 2011 and 241 in 2010. Thank you for reaching out to women who need to be part of JAWS!

If we raise $20,000 by Dec. 31, we will be on target to balance our budget for 2013, which is $203,000 — the largest ever in JAWS history. Please consider donating to help us continue to bring you great programming, events and connections. Any amount helps!

I am proud to say that JAWS is fulfilling our mission by acting as a helpful resource for women in the journalism industry. In 2014, expect to see a more formalized mentoring program, more regional training programs and a continuation of our robust digital presence. I have also appointed immediate past president Katherine Rowlands to serve as the new JAWS ambassador to ensure that we’re reaching out to the women and sponsors who need to know about JAWS. And, new this year, I have established a diversity committee, to actively ensure that our organization remains inclusive across all races, ethnicities, regions, ages, orientation and media types. Our new board of directors is looking toward the future with lots of hope and energy about JAWS and our mission. And so am I.

Let’s finish 2013 strong, clean up the piles, organize the files. And get ready for an incredible new year!

All my best,


Holiday shopping = awesome for JAWS

By Becky Day,
JAWS Executive Director

Holiday shopping can help JAWS.

You can give to JAWS every time you shop online this holiday season — or any other time of year for that matter. By simply beginning with GoodSearch and GoodShop when your start surfing the Internet and shopping online, you’ll help us pay for more fellowships, more great speakers, more training for women in journalism.
GoodShop is a gateway to merchants who sell everything from A to Z and all of it brings a cut to JAWS. Eating out? Planning a trip? Renting a car? Buying a book? Ordering flowers? Do you buy from Amazon, iTunes, Hotwire, Travelocity, eBay, Best Buy, Target, Lands’ End or 1-800-Flowers? If the answer is yes, you can help JAWS. To make this even sweeter, there are often special deals and coupons for GoodShop users.
You also support JAWS when you use GoodSearch as your search engine. Once you’re on the site go to the box where it asks “Who do you GoodSearch for?” — put in JAWS or Journalism and Women Symposium. The site uses the Yahoo! search engine. GoodSearch directs at least 50 percent of the revenues generated from each search to JAWS. The company estimates this comes to about a penny per search.
That seems like a small amount, but considering our members are journalists using the Web daily, you can see how this could bring a very powerful cumulative result. Plus, you can tell all your friends and family to use GoodSearch, too. It even allows you to add the site to your toolbar on your particular Web browser.
Here’s what Megan Kamerick, former JAWS President, has to say about using GoodShop and GoodSearch: “Raising money for JAWS is so easy — just do what you do every day: Use the Internet. Seriously. Would I lie? I put the GoodSearch tool on my Firefox browser window in the upper right hand corner. So every time I type in a search term and hit return, JAWS gets one penny.”
There are other options in the Good Network. Consider GoodTravel next time you book a flight. By going through GoodTravel on your way to Travelocity, JAWS will receive 3 percent of what you spend. Priceline gives us 4 percent and Hertz will give JAWS 1.5 percent and give you a coupon.
Happy shopping and THANK YOU for helping JAWS!

Member blog post 

Balancing Passions in LA: life, art, work and JAWS

By Jessica Langlois,
JAWS Member

On a rainy December Saturday
in central Los Angeles, eight JAWS members met with a local documentary filmmaker over brunch to discuss the work-art-life balance. Many of us were meeting for the first time, so we all wore nametags, but they were hardly necessary — before long, we were splitting sides of pancakes, sampling our neighbor’s quinoa, and embracing, eager to follow up on one another’s work and meet again in Palm Springs in January. Like so many JAWS events, this local gathering felt less like a formal networking meetup, and more like an intimate brunch between creative friends.


Advisor update

Hi everyone,

When Becky Day offered me the opportunity to write, I opted for a blog post format — perhaps unsurprisingly. :)

My name is Lisa Stone and I co-founded BlogHer Inc. with Elisa Camahort Page and Jory Des Jardins in 2005. Since our idea became a media company reaching 100 million women monthly, I’ve worked as CEO to deliver on our vision: to create opportunities for women — and men! — in social media to achieve greater exposure, education, community and economic empowerment for their work.


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