Please enjoy the latest issue of the JAWS newsletter.
Nov. 25, 2015
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Visit the national listserv

Join a committee!

The following committees are looking for volunteers:

CAMP 2016 planning - contact chair Justine Griffin

Communications - contact co-chairs Merrill Perlman and Sarah Shemkus

Diversity - contact chair Amy Stretten

Fellowships - contact chair Georgia Dawkins

Find out more here.

JAWS in your neighborhood


Albuquerque, New Mexico

Contact the regional captain to suggest an event.

Atlanta, Georgia

Contact the regional captain to suggest an event.

Bay Area

Contact the regional captain to suggest an event. Sign up for the Bay Area regional listserv.


Contact the regional captain to suggest an event. Sign up for the Boston regional listserv.


Contact the regional captain to suggest an event. Join the Chicago Facebook page.


Contact the regional captain to suggest an event.


Dec. 19 Holiday Potluck
Sign up for the D.C. regional listserv.


Dec. 6 End-of-Year Mixer
Join the Frederick Facebook group.

Gulf Coast, Florida

Contact the regional captain to suggest an event. Join the Gulf Coast Facebook group.


Contact the regional captain to suggest an event.

Northern New England

Contact the regional captain to suggest an event.


Contact the regional captain to suggest an event. Sign up for the NYC regional listerv and Facebook group.

Seattle, Washington

Contact the regional captain to suggest an event. Join the Facebook group.

Southern California

Contact the regional captain to suggest an event. Join the Southern California regional listserv and Facebook.

South Florida

Contact the regional captain to suggest an event.

Twin Cities

Contact the regional captain to suggest an event. Join the Facebook page.

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.

Want to start a regional group or become a regional captain in your city? Contact Megan Sweas, chair of regional gatherings.

Looking for JAWS members in your town, region or state? Log on to the members-only site and use the nifty search function to find out more.


*Joanne Bamberger’s book “Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox” was released on Nov. 3 and it became a #1 New Release the first day it was available on Amazon.

*Alejandra Cancino is studying health care and long-term care issues as part of a 10-month fellow at the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

*Vanessa Franko has been named the assistant managing editor, Features and Sports, at The Press-Enterprise in Riverside, Calif.

*Barbara Glickstein was a researcher and adviser to Carolyn Jones Production’s project, “Dying in America.” It is a multimedia project that examines the dying experience through the eyes of 50 nurses.

*Rita Henley Jensen invites you to attend “Women and Giving & Giving Women,” presented in part by Women’s eNews on Dec. 4 at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute in New York City.

*2015 Entrepreneurial Fellow Claritza Jimenez is joining The Washington Post as national video editor.

*Melissa Ludtke’s transmedia project, “Touching Home in China,” launched the second in its series of six stories on its website and its third of six iBooks, “Daughter. Wife. Mother.”

*Jay Newton-Small’s book “Broad Influence: How Women Are Changing the Way Washington Works” is out on Jan. 5 and available for pre-order on Amazon.

*Miranda Spivack has been named one of the first fellows for the Ravitch Fiscal Reporting Program at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

*Shoshana Walter was chosen for the Columbia Journalism School’s Dart Ochberg Fellowship.

*JAWS past president Lauren M. Whaley was selected as a grant recipient for the Public Radio Exchange (PRX) STEM Story Project. But first, she and her husband and toddler son are in Australia for the next two months visiting relatives. Instagram: @laurenwhaley.
Have news to share? Send to Connie K. Ho for the next issue. We reserve the right to edit for space.
Board of Directors
Sandra Fish,
Justine Griffin,
  Vice President
Linda Kramer Jenning,
  Deputy Vice President
Amy Resnick,
Sheila Solomon,
Georgia Dawkins
Jane Isay
Angela Greiling Keane
Pamela Moreland
Merrill Perlman

Liz Seegert
Gina Setser
Sarah Shemkus
Amy Stretten
Megan Sweas

Regional Captains
Gwyneth Doland and Megan Kamerick,
  Albuquerque, New Mexico

Stell Simonton,
  Atlanta, Georgia
Emily Beaver, 
  Bay Area, California
Deirdre Bannon and Karen Cheung-Larivee, 
  Boston, Massachusetts
Dannie Mahoney and Andrea Watson, 

Sandra Fish, 
  Denver, Colorado
Lottie Joiner, Jennifer DePaul and Lisa Gillespie,
  District of Columbia
Stephanie Yamkovenko, 
  Frederick, Maryland
Justine Griffin, 
  Gulf Coast, Florida
Solmaz Sharif and Debbie Leiderman, 
  New York City
Lucia Thayer, 

Meg Heckman, 
  Northern New England
Susanna Ray, 
  Seattle, Washington
Megan Sweas, 
  Southern California
Jess Weiss, 
  South Florida

Melinda Voss, 
  Twin Cities

Advisory Board
Jill Geisler
Mindy Marqu
és Gonzalez
Diana B. Henriques
Geneva Overholser
Lisa Stone

Merrill Perlman and Sarah Shemkus, Communications Co-Chairs
Connie K. Ho, Web Manager

Roxanne Foster,
  Operations Director
Connie K. Ho,
  Web Manager
Ankita Rao,
  Social Media Manager
Kat Rowlands,
  Development Director

President’s Letter: Thankful for JAWS

By Sandra Fish, JAWS President

It’s the giving time of year.

Time to focus on what matters in our lives and be grateful for all we have — family, friends, home, health, careers. Time to give of ourselves to others.

I hope that Journalism and Women Symposium is on the list of what you’re thankful for. I know JAWS is on my list.

I’m thankful for the women journalists around the country who are my friends because of JAWS. Thankful that I can email or call them if I have a career question. Thankful that if I’m traveling, we can get together to share shoptalk and laughter. Thankful for the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP), which is always an invigorating weekend where we add new friends to the old. Thankful for our email list, where we can ask questions, draw on the expertise of others, share job posts, share the work we’re proud of.

JAWS has given me so much that I’m happy to give back, from serving on the board to making a small monthly donation via Network for Good.

Our organization exists on:

  • Membership dues, which we’ve kept to a reasonable $75 a year.
  • CAMP registration fees, which are also a bargain.
  • Donations from nonprofits, companies, universities and journalism organizations pursued by our development director.
  • Donations from our members and friends through one-time or modest recurring monthly donations.

We keep our member donation solicitations to a minimum. In late spring, we seek your help to bring talented young women, our fellows, to CAMP.

And at this time of year, we ask you to include JAWS in your year-end giving.

Not all of us have the resources to give “big,” although we have been steadily adding to the list of supporters joining our Leadership Circle with gifts of $1,000 or more. Most of our donors give modestly; the collective results of many small donations of $20 here and $50 there go a long way to help us achieve our goals to help you. We appreciate contributions of all sizes, so thank you to those who have already sent support for our programming, operations and training events. (You’ll be hearing more from me about some cool 2016 opportunities next month!)

This holiday season, I’ll be asking my family to give to JAWS instead of buying me gifts. And I will be giving a little extra this year to JAWS as well.

I hope you’ll join me, whether it’s giving on your own with a one-time or recurring monthly donation or asking friends, families and employers to help JAWS prosper in the New Year.

Just click here or send a friend or family member this link.

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.

Board member blog post: Making it work

By Sarah Shemkus, JAWS Board Member

At the end of September 2011, I left my job as a staff business reporter at a daily newspaper to go freelance (and to move to a different part of the state with my new husband). I approached the new endeavor with a bright-eyed, bushy-tailed enthusiasm for all the new paths before me, for all the doors I could attempt to pry open.

The road was not easy — there have been plenty of days when my tail was decidedly unbushy — but today I am a content, independent journalist with plenty of freelance bylines to my name and little desire to return to the pressure and politics of a daily newsroom.

Read more here.

Join the global movement by giving to JAWS on Giving Tuesday

By Pamela Moreland, JAWS Development Committee Chair

Giving Tuesday is Dec. 1, just around the corner. It’s the perfect time to make a significant donation to JAWS.

Giving Tuesday is a global day for giving back, a day to turn around from all the consumerism that fills the holiday season and turn toward the nonprofits that work to make the world a better place.

Not to brag, but JAWS is one of those nonprofits.

The mission of our organization is to support “the professional empowerment and personal growth of women in journalism" and work "toward a more accurate portrayal of the whole society.” JAWS needs your help to keep moving forward. Your tax-deductible donation, no matter what size, will provide money for fellowships, mentoring programs and regional training, and help in bringing great speakers to our annual conference.

You can also ask the people who usually give you gifts to consider making a donation to JAWS instead of merchandise or a gift card. No schlepping to the store, and everyone feels good.

Consider this your call to action. There are lots of ways to send your donation to JAWS.

Read more here.

Got an idea for CAMP? Please take this survey.

The JAWS Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) 2016 needs a program that rockets newswomen into the future, and the board is turning to the sharpest minds anywhere for suggestions — you.

Is there a panel or speaker who will give us all the mental or emotional boost we need? Please let us know.

Read more here.

Share your best work of 2015

The end of the year is a great time to look back at our accomplishments of the previous year. So we wanted to remind everyone about some of the best work of our members.

Please send us links to no more than two things that you are most proud. We’ll collect everyone’s nominations and distribute them in the December newsletter, as well as on

Read more here.

Google Hangout on internships

JAWS president Sandra Fish and Christine Mahoney of the University of Colorado led a Google Hangout on internships on Nov. 12, sharing tips and strategies on where to look, how to behave and what to expect.

The video of the hangout is in the members-only area of the JAWS website. When you log in to the members-only area, please take a moment to check your own profile and contact information, to be sure it's up to date. 

Meanwhile, if you (or you and a girlfriend?!) have some expertise you’d like to share with JAWS, contact Fish.

Regional gatherings recap

JAWS D.C.: Nearly 30 members of JAWS gathered at Teaism Restaurant in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 29 for an exciting evening of food, fun and fellowship. The event was organized by regional co-captain Lottie Joiner and featured author Dr. Alice Driver. Driver, a JAWS member, talked about her book “More or Less Dead: Feminicide, Haunting, and the Ethics of Representation in Mexico.”

Nikki Raz also organized the first “freelancer speed-dating” event Nov. 7, designed to match people seeking to work collaboratively in order to gain new skills. Seven JAWdesses came to pitch and to listen to story ideas.

Nearly everybody had something to pitch, and everybody had a resource or a token of constructive feedback to offer. Pitches ended up taking on a loose form; some people had a very developed idea on which they were looking for a partner, and others sought feedback for stories they were working on solo, or on story ideas they were in the process of developing.

Overall the event was a success and the group will be hosting another one in coming months. Feel free to recreate this idea in your city!

JAWS South Florida: A meetup in Miami!

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 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 at the conference.
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