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A Letter From the President

By Katherine Ann Rowlands, JAWS president
The JAWS board is now soliciting nominations to join the Board of Directors when the terms of six current members expire. We need women to fill the roles of vice president, deputy vice president, treasurer and at least three general board members.

Do you love JAWS? Are you excited about helping other women journalists to succeed? Has JAWS been a great source of networking, training and inspiration for you? Do you want to work with some amazing, fun and smart leaders to help JAWS grow? Then this might be a great opportunity for you to give back and contribute to the organization.

It's an exciting time for Journalism & Women Symposium because we have so much momentum in membership, programming and fundraising, and we are seeking a new group of dynamic women to propel us forward. If you are interested in joining this leadership group for a two-year term and willing to donate time each week to keep this organization strong and dynamic, please send a note to me or Becky Day.

Who we want:

The JAWS Board should reflect the interests of our members, with an emphasis on diversity of all sorts, including ethnicity, age, experience, geography and media platform. In addition, we value the skills and experience brought to the board from women who have worked in various journalism fields, served on nonprofit boards before, and have specific expertise in areas of importance such as membership, fundraising and programming.

What is required:
  • Maintain a current membership in JAWS and attend the annual conference.
  • Know the bylaws, mission, purpose, goals, strategic plan, programs and services for the organization.
  • Raise funds and actively seek financial support and donations for JAWS and its projects; the goal is for each board member to give or get $500.
  • Prepare for and attend all board meetings. (The board holds regular in-person meetings twice a year, spring and fall. The date of the spring meeting is determined by the president, in consultation with other board members. The fall meeting is held during JAWS CAMP, at the same location. In addition, the president may schedule some board conference calls to discuss other JAWS business and generally does so once a month.)
  • Build and guide long-range plans for membership, programming, fundraising, staffing and resources.
  • Ensure programs and services address membership needs.
  • Recruit members and attendees for annual conferences, contribute program ideas and make sure members are involved in the group.
  • Contribute and/or solicit stories for the JAWS newsletter, listserv, Twitter feed and website.
  • Review the minutes to ensure that critical matters, resolutions and topics of discussion have been adequately covered.
  • Be willing to commit at least several hours per week of volunteer time on areas such as membership, social media, programming, fundraising and CAMP.
Send your note of interest before June 15. We hope to hear from many of you!

Updates from the Web Team

By Lauren M. Whaley, JAWS board member

Digital Doings:
  • Ankita Rao is kicking butt as our new social media manager!
  • We're getting ready to merge our listserv to Google Groups.
  • The website upgrade continues apace.
  • Check out our monthly board member blog posts!

Helping JAWS every day with a click or two

Don’t forget that you can now give to JAWS just by searching the Internet and shopping online. We have signed up, along with thousands of other nonprofits, to to help us pay for more fellowships, more great speakers, more training for women in journalism.
Simply go to and in the box where it asks “Who do you GoodSearch for?” enter "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 this 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.”
A companion site is GoodShop, 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 or 1-800-Flowers? If the answer is yes, you can help JAWS.

Another option is registering your credit card with GoodDining, with participating restaurants donating to JAWS.

CAMP Video 

In case you missed it, check out the JAWS CAMP video, "Boost Your Journalism Career!"

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Our mission
JAWS supports the professional empowerment and personal growth of women in journalism and works toward a more accurate portrayal of the whole society.

Learn Data Viz at CAMP


Gwyneth Doland

, JAWS board member

Make a date with data at CAMP this Oct. 24-27 at The Essex Culinary Resort & Spa in Vermont!

Want to know how to turn boring numbers into a sexy story—fast? Come to CAMP this fall and learn how tools from the nonprofit transparency group Sunlight Foundation can help you report on who’s influencing your state and federal elected. You may already know some of Sunlight’s tools (such as the House Staff Directory), but have you used Political Ad Sleuth, an interactive tool that uses FCC filings to show who’s paying for third-party ads on TV stations in your area? Did you know that you can pull some of Sunlight’s data directly into your website to present real-time, local information about your state and federal elected officials using API’s? Want to do even more with data? Learn how to use tools like Tableau to embed interactive data visualizations for the Web — and mobile devices. Don’t have a dozen staffers on your graphics staff? Tableau and other free software can help you create and publish powerful visuals yourself.

Get an overview of what’s out there at our “Date with Data” session, then get individual attention and specialized help during “office hours” in the tech center.

Register for CAMP now! The early bird rate of $345 includes all training and sessions and meals from Friday night through Sunday.   

Advisor Geneva Overholser Makes Move 

JAWS Advisory Board member Geneva Overholser is leaving her post as professor and director of USC Annenberg's School of Journalism in June and plans to embrace some new pursuits as she and her husband, David Westphal, relocate to New York.

"We won't be taking full-time jobs, but both of us are eager to keep our voices in the debate about the future of journalism. I hope to do some reading and reflecting and writing, and maybe some teaching as well. And, as always, the nexus between feminism and journalism will be much on my mind," Geneva writes.

JAWS is lucky to have such a strong advocate as an adviser. Before USC, Geneva held the Curtis B. Hurley Chair in Public Affairs Reporting for the Missouri School of Journalism, where she was based in the school’s Washington bureau. She was editor of The Des Moines Register from 1988 to 1995, where she led the paper to a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. She has been ombudsman of The Washington Post, a member of the editorial board of The New York Times, a syndicated columnist for The Washington Post Writers Group and a reporter for the Colorado Springs Sun. Good luck to Geneva!


*Erica Phillips joined The Wall Street Journal staff as a general assignment reporter for the Los Angeles bureau. 

*Melita Garza won the 2013 American Journalism Historians Association's Margaret A. Blanchard Doctoral Dissertation Prize for "They Came to Toil: News Frames of Wanted and Unwanted Mexicans in the Great Depression."

*Rachel Louise Snyder's three-year investigation into domestic violence homicide, culminating in a feature for The New Yorker, will be published in late June or early July. 

Jocelyn Frank began a consultancy with the International Reporting Project of Johns Hopkins University and will lead a working trip of 11 senior U.S. journalists to Kazakhstan in August.

*Maurine Beasley won the Frank Luther Mott / Kappa Tau Alpha Research Award for the best book, Women of the Washington Press: Politics, Prejudice, and Persistence.

*Donna Myrow, founder and director of L.A. Youth, is now documenting the history and the impact of youth media, as the newspaper prepares to transfer the archives to UCLA's research library.

*Phuong Ly, executive director of the Institute for Justice and Journalism, doubled the organization's budget within six months, landing grants from the MacArthur Foundation and the Annie E. Casey Foundation. 

*Liz Seegert is the new Core Topic Leader on aging for the Association of Health Care Journalists, responsible for writing and aggregating data about the topic for her peers.

*Nancy Cohen is co-author of Making Light in Terezin: The Show Helps Us Go On, a documentary companion piece about how the arts and comedy helped prisoners sustain their humanity during WWII.

*Erin Siegal McIntyre received a grant from the Fund for Investigative Journalism, as well as a 2013 IRE Freelance Fellowship Award, to support a new investigation in Tijuana, Mexico.

*Sarah Angle starts a Ph.D. program in August. She attributes the decision to a hotel room conversation with Paro Pain at CAMP and a "life-changing weekend" with JAWS. 

Exciting news to share? Email your brief, one-line SharkByte to Karen Cheung-Larivee. We reserve the right to edit for space.

Apply for CAMP Fellowships

CAMP fellowships are open to professionals in the early stages of their careers. We are looking for young journalists with at least one year of professional journalism experience. Winners will be selected based on a combination of experience, merit, promise and financial need. The fellowships will cover the CAMP registration fee and help with the other expenses of attending. Fellows will also receive a JAWS membership. Deadline to apply is June 1. If you have questions, contact Jessica RettigRead more details...

JAWS Remembers Mary Thom 

JAWS is mourning the loss of Mary Thom, a longtime member and inspiration who died April 26. Mary always looked forward to coming to CAMP, and other members always looked forward to her being there to catch up on news and have meaningful conversations about the progress of women and journalism and the intersection of those two passions. Many JAWS members attended a memorial service May 6 in New York that was organized by the Women's Media Center, which published this summary of her remarkable life:

Mary Thom, 68, was an author, editor, and journalist. An early and long-time editor of Ms. magazine, she wrote and consulted for a number of non-profit women's organizations, including the National Council for Research on Women. Her books include Inside Ms.: 25 Years of the Magazine and the Feminist Movement and Letters to Ms.: 1972-1987. She is editor, with Suzanne Braun Levine, of an oral history, Bella Abzug: How One Tough Broad from the Bronx Fought Jim Crow and Joe McCarthy, Pissed Off Jimmy Carter, Battled for the Rights of Women and Workers, Rallied Against War and for the Planet, and Shook Up Politics Along the Way. She also was editor of a book by Rosalie Maggio, Unspinning the Spin: How to Say What You Mean and De-Code the Hype. The book will be released later this fall.

At the Women's Media Center, Thom edited features of original writing by women journalists on important issues that provide progressive women's perspectives on both headlines and timely events ignored or misrepresented in the mainstream media. She joined the organization in 2006.

While she spent her childhood in Akron, Ohio, Thom lived 48 years on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. She was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Susan Thom. In addition to her nephew and sister, she is survived by niece-in-law Mariko Silver, and grandniece Kumi Silver Loubet.

In lieu of flowers, Thom Loubet and Susan Loubet, Mary's nephew and sister, have requested that donations be made to the Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS)Women's Media Center and Bryn Mawr College. Mary was a former editor at Ms. magazine, editor in chief of Women's Media Center Features, a member of JAWS, and the recipient of a history degree from Bryn Mawr, Penn. 
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