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Feb. 23, 2017
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*Caroline Comport will moderate panel on “Narratives of Nation and Transition” on March 25 at International Conference on Narrative.

*Claudia Dreifus is moderating a series of live lectures on joys and pleasures of science communication at New York’s 92nd Street Y.

*Alice Driver received a 2017 Images and Voices of Hope Restorative Narrative Fellowship to support her work on a multimedia project about women and transgender migrants in Mexico, and she is also a 2017 Foreign Policy Interrupted Fellow.

*Kara Newhouse earned the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association’s most prestigious honor, the G. Richard Dew Award for Journalistic Service, for her work with a colleague investigating financial mismanagement and transparency violations at a local school district.

*Alice Miranda Ollstein will be starting a new job as a reporter for Talking Points Memo, focusing on covering Congress and national politics.

*Lara Salahi is chairing host committee for New England APME NewsTrain workshop (Oct.14 in Massachusetts). It is the first APME conference in over a decade to take place in New England.

*Miranda Spivack published “State Secrets” in Reveal.

*Check out Beverly Wettenstein’s Huffington Post article and “Women Make News & History Every Day Database.”
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Feb. 26: JAWS D.C. February Gathering

Feb. 28: JAWS NYC Potluck

March 2: JAWS Boston Disrupting the Career Paradigm

March 9: JAWS SoCal: Diversity in Storytelling and the Newsroom

March 18 and March 25: JAWS Online Website Webinars

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President’s Letter: Charting the future of JAWS

By Sandra Fish, JAWS President

Where should JAWS go in the next five years?

How can our organization better serve our members?

That’s the question your board of directors will be mulling as we meet in Denver next month for our spring board meeting.

Read more here.

CAMP 2017: Call for digital training, negotiations experts

The Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) is shaping up nicely, and we deeply appreciate all the great ideas that you all have sent us for the conference. Now, we need folks who could organize trainings and panels on:

  • Video journalism
  • Social media journalism
  • Photojournalism
  • Journalism negotiations/salaries/contracts
  • Getting the journalism job

Email Lindsey Anderson or Marina Villeneuve.

If you have ideas on how we can expand our development and fundraising efforts, please contact Roxanne Foster.

Sign up for website webinars

We’re excited to launch what we hope will be the first of many webinars this year by bringing in JAWdess Marissa Evans to help those of us whose online portfolios are in need of some TLC. Whether you need help with getting started, think your site just needs a bit of tweaking or are contemplating a complete overhaul of your website, this two-part series can help!

Read more here.

Special ticket discount for Exceptional Women in Publishing’s Women’s Leadership Conference

Sign up for the Exceptional Women in Publishing’s 20th Anniversary Women’s Leadership Conference on March 30 at a special rate of $75 (general admission is $125 to $150). The daylong event in Berkeley brings smart, talented women together to exchange ideas, learn new skills, make connections and get inspired. Access the special rate at this link.

Join us for a Twitter chat on CAMP fellowships March 30

Take part in a Twitter chat about Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) fellowships on Thursday, March 30, at 6 p.m. PT / 9 p.m ET. Follow the Twitter handle @womenjournos and #jaws17 for the conversation. We’ll be providing advice on prepping your application and qualities the application review committee looks for.

Here's also a recap from this past month’s Twitter chat on CAMP fellowships with special guests Cassie Cope, Laura Onyeneho, Nikki Raz and Olivia Smith who shared their experiences as past CAMP fellows.

Health and business insurance

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Through our partnership with AHP, we are very excited to provide our members with an exclusive health and business insurance program available all year-round. Many of our members will be able to save as much as 50% on their premiums. It’s a great opportunity for the members who don’t have health insurance, are healthy, and can’t afford, or don’t want to pay for, the very expensive plans offered through Healthcare Reform.

As part of a national pool (over 300 national associations) we are able to offer our members these special plans and rates. For further information visit or call AHP at 888-450-3040.

Take part in mentoring

Mentoring is a core tenet of JAWS and we encourage you to join our mentorship program! We are especially looking for women journalists with ten or more years of experience in journalism, specifically in TV and radio, who can act as mentors.

You can sign up to be a mentee, gaining valuable insight from editors, reporters, publishers, authors, educators and others, or you can sign up to be a mentor, offering career tips, advice and support to those in need of a career boost or just some advice.

The possibilities of what a mentee and mentor can do are endless, and the kind of relationship you develop is entirely up to you. Some folks meet through Google Hangout. Some folks like to meet in person ... let us know what you’d like to do as a mentor or mentee by contacting to be sent the sign up link. The mentoring program is only open to JAWS members.
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