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Jan. 26, 2016
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*Meet JAWS member Joanne Bamberger on her book tour for “Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox.”

*Patricia DeGennaro will be starting a new job and relocate to Hampton, Va., to work with the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command. She is still available if you need an international security expert (Middle East, Afghan, Iran region) to comment.

*Foreign Policy Interrupted’s Best Books of 2015 included Alice Driver’s book “More or Less Dead” alongside Lynsey Addario’s “It's What I Do.” Autostraddle’s The Best Longform Reads of 2015 includes her essay “My Own Trap.”

*Barbara Glickstein worked as the project research consultant and media strategist for Carolyn Jones Productions on “Dying in America,” a multimedia documentary project that examines the dying experience through the eyes of nurses. It launched Nov. 1.

*Michele Lent Hirsch was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

*Elaine Rita Mendus started a new job as copy editor for the print edition of Plus magazine, a sister publication of The Advocate.

*The new book Helaine Olen co-wrote, “The Index Card: Why Personal Finance Doesn’t Have to be Complicated,” was recently released.

*Bobbi Olson left The Los Angeles Times on Dec. 31 after 24 years at the newspaper.

*Michele Weldon's fifth book, “Escape Points,” was named one of the best books of 2015 by Booklist.
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Jan. 26 JAWS Southern California: Goal-setting workshop

Feb. 16 JAWS D.C. Meetup with Jay Newton-Small

Feb. 27 JAWS Chicago Leadership Workshop

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Board member blog post: Setting goals for 2016

By Megan Sweas, JAWS Board Member

I have never been one for New Year’s resolutions. Eat better and work out more; make new friends and spend time with loved ones; read more and write more; gain more Twitter followers—and spend less time on social media. Our goals for personal and professional improvement can seem to me to be overwhelming, sometimes contradictory and let’s face it, unachievable without a few extra hours a day. Add, “Become more efficient and waste less time” to the list!

At the same time, it’s important to reflect on where you’ve been and where you’re going.

Read more here.

President's Letter: Check out the JAWS member directory

By Sandra Fish, JAWS President

How often do you check out the JAWS member directory?

I check it out pretty frequently, looking for JAWdesses in Colorado, New Mexico or the next place I’m visiting. Sometimes I look for women with a reporting or editing specialty. Other times, I’m looking for people in specific journalism groups to help me make connections.

We moved to a more robust members-only site two years ago, and I’m hoping we can begin to take more advantage of its features in 2016.

Read more here.

Regional gatherings recap

JAWS Bay Area: Campaign finance reporting isn't just for political geeks. Do you cover sports or business? Who is making money from campaigns in your city or state? JAWS president Sandra Fish talked with Bay Area JAWS members about this topic recently. Read more in the members-only site.

JAWS NYC: JAWS member Tina Susman interviews Jennifer Mascia, a staff writer at The Trace, a news site dedicated to gun violence and policy. Mascia spoke about the start of the organization and her experience on the beat. Listen to the track at the members-only site.

JAWS SoCal: JAWS SoCal recently had an event with literary agent Bonnie Nadell. Here are the take-aways from her talk.

JAWS South Florida: Members started the year off right with a goal-setting workshop with Debra Eckerling of Guided Goals. They came up with a mission statement, set short and long-term goals, prioritized, and drafted plans to take on 2016.

Operations Director Corner

By Roxanne Foster, JAWS Operations Director

Please join me in welcoming these newest members.

If your membership is past due, please renew! You’re an important part of the JAWS network, and we’d like to keep you connected. If you have questions or concerns about JAWS, please feel free to call (720-722-3569) or email. My office hours are Tuesday and Thursday, noon to 4 p.m., MT.

Conference meetups

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 plan to attend an upcoming journalism conference, please email JAWS development director Kat Rowlands so she can arm you with cards, pins and information and perhaps coordinate a JAWdess gathering.
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