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Welcome to the July JAWS newsletter with updates on the growth of our organization, the accomplishments of our group and special offers just for members.

Season of Growth

A Letter From the President

By Katherine Ann Rowlands, JAWS president
We are growing our membership! We are improving our website! We are planning for the future! I'm pleased to share several news items that will keep Journalism & Women Symposium moving forward in the coming year.

First, the board is happy to report that we now have some 500 current members. We have more members than at any time in our history, which is a testament to the hard work of our organization and the need for the kind of support, networking and training we provide. Personal connections are still the best, so please pledge to reach out to two more women who you think would benefit from being part of JAWS and send them here to sign up.

We are making some improvements to our website so that we have more content and more updates for members. The board has also approved a new Strategic Plan covering the years 2012-2017 (it will be posted in the members section of our website). Another big push is to build on our financial base by increasing our earned income and continuing to solicit donations from individuals and partners who are aligned with our mission. Board members agreed to either give or get $500 toward this goal and we are pursuing outside donations as well. The more robust our budget, the more programs and services we can offer our members.

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Board Nominations Needed

If you are looking for a way to contribute to JAWS in a meaningful way, consider applying for a spot on our Board of Directors. We will be looking to nominate a Secretary, a President-Elect and possibly two or three directors. For details and nominations, please email JAWS President Kat Rowlands.
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JAWS New & Exclusive Insurance

We have partnered with Association Health Programs to bring you exclusive health and business insurance solutions. We are pooled with more than 300 national associations, which allows us access to A-rated insurance companies, product knowledge, rate stability and hands on service otherwise not available to our membership. Visit www.associationpros.com/assoc/jaws or call 888-450-3040.
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CAMP 2012: Schedule Announced

JAWS has an amazing weekend of speakers, training and panels set for CAMP 2012 from Oct. 26-28. Sign up for three days of professional development near Albuquerque, N.M.
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JAWS Oral History Project

The Journalism & Women Symposium, in conjunction with the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism, is launching an oral history project that will create a multimedia archive of its members gathered by graduate students. The archive will be housed at the University’s journalism library with select entries on www.jaws.org.

SharkBytes

*JAWS Members Win Casey
Women's eNews writer Molly Ginty and editors Corinna Barnard and Rita Henley Jensen have received the Casey Award for Meritorious Journalism for the report "Infant Formula Companies Milk US Food Program."

* JAWS Headquarters Moves
JAWS Executive Director Becky Day and our headquarters have moved to Princeton, N.J.
Please note the new address for JAWS:
15 Hillsdale Road
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648


*Auction Heats Up
We are gearing up for this year's annual JAWS Auction to be the biggest yet, with your help! We are on the hunt for hot items, vacation home stays, dinner parties and great services to auction. Please email your planned donations to board member Charreah Jackson at charreah.jackson@gmail.com.

*Award for JAWdess
JAWS Board Member Mary Curtis won first in serious commentary and third in political reporting in the 62nd Annual Green Eyeshade Awards.

*Training for Members


JAWS members in the Bay Area benefited from two recent training sessions to boost social media skills. Board member and journalism instructor Sandra Fish showed 25 women how to use Storify to tell great stories as they evolve.


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