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April 25, 2016
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*With a global team of journalists, Rosemary Armao was honored with the Tom Renner Award.

*Alicia Avila started a new position as field coordinating producer with Oregon Public Broadcasting.

*Joanne Bamberger’s book “Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox” won a medal at IPPY Awards. See her at the Gaithersburg Book Festival in May.

*“Last Comforts: Notes from the Forefront of Late-Life Care” spotlights innovations in the last chapters of our lives; editor/book designer is Bonnie Britt.

*Jessica Estepa will join National Geographic as a senior digital producer.

*“In Other News: Reporters on Reporting” by Stephanie Forshee and Rosie Downey is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

*Kim Gamel has arrived in Seoul to start her new position as the Korea correspondent for Stars and Stripes.

*Tanya Gazdik (formerly Tanya Irwin) has been promoted to automotive editor at MediaPost’s Marketing Daily.

*Sharon Glassman’s radio essays, like “Caucus vs. Primary Coolness,” aired on KUNC and WUCX. Her “Lazy Person’s Book Club” podcast airs Fridays.

*Deborah Gump will join the University of Delaware as director of its journalism program.

*Elizabeth Gurdus, a senior at NYU, will be awarded the Don R. Mellett Prize, a college-wide award for excellence.

*Rita Henley Jensen will host the Women’s eNews 21 Leaders for the 21st Century.

*Casey McDermott was recognized by New Hampshire Magazine in “Remarkable Women 2016.”

*Donna Myrow penned “Watts Writers Workshop 50 Years Later.”

*Merrill Perlman was elected to the executive committee of the American Copy Editors Society.

*The Committee to Protect Journalists, which includes member Courtney Radsch, is hosting an event on April 27 at the Newseum for its new book on media freedom.

*Michele Weldon was named a finalist for the Society of Midland Authors awards.

*Beverly Wettenstein spoke at a Columbia University Women in Media event.

*Lauren Whaley produced a radio piece about how common urinary incontinence is.
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Merrill Perlman and Sarah Shemkus, Communications Co-chairs

President’s Letter: A solution to diversify journalism panels

By Sandra Fish, JAWS President

It’s time to do something about those all-male panels we keep hearing about, at least in journalism.

Where are the expert women journalists?

They’re in Journalism and Women Symposium, and JAWS is offering a solution to diversify journalism panels.

Read more here.

A note from the membership committee

By Linda Kramer Jenning and Sheila Solomon, JAWS Board Members

JAWS wants you, needs you and appreciates you.

As co-chairs of the Membership Committee, we are delighted to see how many women journalists are choosing to join JAWS. We are averaging around 25 new members a month. Each receives a welcome note from operations director Roxanne Foster and another note from our membership team to make sure she knows her membership is valued. We think we have one of the best jobs on the JAWS board because we see firsthand the incredible range of interesting and talented women joining our national network.

JAWS will offer first-timers a membership rate of $50. That’s one-third off regular dues of $75, which are already very reasonable compared to other organizations. We want to remind everyone of the benefits of membership and encourage prompt renewal so JAWS has the resources to continue providing those services and more.

Board member blog post: What to look forward to at CAMP 2016

By Merrill Perlman, JAWS Board Member

We’ve all heard the horror stories: A woman is harassed in the workplace, or complains about unfair treatment. Instead of the situation’s being remedied, SHE is punished, shunned, fired or made to feel so uncomfortable that she eventually leaves, even if others acknowledge the problem. Her calling out the problem becomes the problem more than the problem itself.

It’s not fair, it’s not right, and it’s not legal. But it happens.

So what to do? There are ways to fight harassment in the workplace (and online). It’s one of many topics that will be covered at this year’s Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP).

Read more here.

CAMP 2016: Friday Workshops

Freelance Free For All: So you want to freelance, maybe part time, maybe full time? Maybe you just got laid off and you’re freaking out. Come hear several panels on how to pitch, where to pitch, how much to charge and how to navigate through freelance contracts.

Using data in everyday assignments: Data mining isn’t just for investigative journalists and long-form projects. In this hands-on workshop, attendees will learn how to find data and research that will support story development and help beat writers on daily stories. Presenters will talk about public record requests and how to find the data you need, and how best to analyze and interpret it.

Learn more here.

CAMP 2016: Book your room

Rooms with one king bed and two double beds are available at Hotel Roanoke. Rates are $159 – the group code for discounted room rates on the hotel website is JWS. Looking for a roommate? Check out the roomshare sign-up sheet.

CAMP 2016: Apply for a fellowship

JAWS offers fellowships to attend the Conference and Mentoring Project and applications close May 15.

Read more here.

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.

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