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Feb. 23, 2015
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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

Sign up for the Bay Area regional listserv.


Sign up for the Boston regional listserv.


Contact the regional captain to suggest an event.


Date: March 1
Details: Bring-a-friend potluck
Time: 1 to 5 p.m.
Location: Angela Greiling Keane’s home.
Contact: Send an email to Angela Greiling Keane.

Date: March 20
Details: Reception with JAWS Board of Directors, in D.C. for the spring meeting.
Time: 1 to 5 p.m.
Location: National Press Club.
Contact: Send an email to Linda Kramer Jenning.
Sign up for the D.C. regional listserv.


JAWS Book Club in Frederick is reading “The Burglary” by Betty Medsger. Discuss the book on their Goodreads group. Meeting in person to be scheduled soon. Send an email to Stephanie Yamkovenko to learn more.
Join the Frederick Facebook group.


Date: Feb. 25
Details: Mixer
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: CUNY Graduate School of Journalism on West 40th between 7th and 8th.
Contact: Send an email to Solmaz Sharif.
Sign up for the NYC regional listserv.

Seattle, Washington

Contact the regional captain to suggest an event.

Southern California

Date: Feb. 28
Details: Potluck featuring guest speaker Patt Morrison of the Los Angeles Times and KPCC. Bring a dish for one free raffle ticket for prizes (more raffle tickets can be bought separately to benefit JAWS) and come prepared for Patt’s talk on interviewing. Please note: Patt requests no audio or video recording.
Time: 5 to 8 p.m.
Location: Bobbi Olson’s home in Santa Monica.
Contact: Send an email to Bobbi Olson.

Date: March 14
Details: Headshots with photographer Sylvia Gunde. She’s offering a discounted rate of $75/person (headshot prices normally range from $300 to $450) with a password-protected gallery of 10+ images, 1 retouched image and digital delivery of high-resolution images (all of the ones that are in the gallery). Sign up for an appointment and a deposit of 50 percent is required to reserve your spot. We also encourage others to come out to socialize and take a break in the garden, even if you’re not getting your photo taken. Meet us near the silver lotus.
Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Walt Disney Concert Hall Blue Ribbon Garden, 111 South Grand Ave., Los Angeles. To get to the Blue Ribbon Garden, go up the flight of stairs near the corner of Second Street and Grand Avenue or Hope Street and First Street. Street parking is available along First or Figueroa streets.
Contact: Send an email to Connie K. Ho.
Sign up for the Southern California regional listserv. Connect on Facebook.


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.

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 are already planning to attend an upcoming journalism conference, please email interim development director Katherine Ann Rowlands so she can arm you with cards, pins and information and perhaps coordinate a JAWdess gathering at the conference.

Upcoming conferences are:
  • Associated Collegiate Press spring “National College Journalism Convention,” Feb. 26-28 in Los Angeles
  • National Institute of Computer-Assisted Reporting, March 5-8 in Atlanta
  • College Media Association, March 11-14 in New York City
  • National Press Photographers Association, March 12-14 in Fairfax, Va.
  • American Copy Editors Society, March 26-28 in Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Journalism Education Association, April 16-19 in Denver
  • Education Writers Association, April 19-22 in Chicago
  • Association of Health Care Journalists, April 23-26 in Santa Clara, Calif.
  • American Society of Journalists and Authors, April 30-May 2 in New York City
  • Investigative Reporters & Editors, June 4-7 in Chicago
  • Public Radio News Directors Inc., June 24-27 in Salt Lake City
  • Association of Alternative Newsmedia, July 15-17 in Salt Lake City
  • Journalism Education Association, July 6-9 in Las Vegas
  • Native American Journalists Association, July 9-11 in Washington, D.C.
  • American Agricultural Editors Association, July 25-29 in Scottsdale, Ariz.
  • National Association of Black Journalists, Aug. 5-9 in Minneapolis
  • Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Aug. 6-9 in San Francisco
  • Asian American Journalists Association, Aug. 12-15 in San Francisco
  • National Lesbian Gay Journalists Association, Sept. 3-6 in San Francisco
  • National Federation of Press Women, Sept. 10-12 in Anchorage, Alaska
  • National Association of Hispanic Journalists/Radio Television Digital News Association/Society of Professional Journalists, Sept. 18-20 in Orlando, Fla.
  • Online News Association, Sept. 24-26 in Los Angeles
  • National Newspaper Association, Oct. 1-3 in St. Charles, Mo.
  • Society of Environmental Journalists, Oct. 7-11 in Norman, Okla.
  • National Association of Science Writers, Oct. 9-13 in Cambridge, Mass.
  • American Society of News Editors, Oct. 16-18 in Palo Alto, Calif.
  • Associated Collegiate Press fall “National College Media Convention,” Oct. 28-Nov. 1 in Austin, Texas
  • Journalism Education Association, Nov. 12-15 in Orlando, Fla.


*Sandra Fish is included on the Washington Post’s list of best statehouse reporters.

*Linda Kramer Jenning joined Lynn Sweet, Peggy Simpson and Sheila Kast at the annual Washington Press Club Foundation Congressional Dinner on Feb. 4.

*Lynn Povich will be honored in October by The Feminist Press for her insight and will be speaking at a lunch of the Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce on April 30.

*Andrea Stone will be moving (back) to New York to become the director of career services at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

*Lisen Stromberg continues to host (S)He Talk Events in her home, where she brings in prominent authors for conversation and connections. A portion of the proceeds of these events benefit the Journalism and Women Symposium.

Have news to share? Send to Connie K. Ho for the next issue. We reserve the right to edit for space.
Board of Directors
Linda Kramer Jenning,
Sandra Fish,
Susy Schultz,
  Vice President
Amy Resnick,
Sheila Solomon,
Angela Greiling Keane
Justine Griffin
Liz Seegert
Gina Setser
Erin Siegal McIntyre
Judy Miller
Pamela Moreland
Donna Myrow
Merrill Perlman
Hilary Powell
Kira Zalan

Regional Captains
Gwyneth Doland and Megan Kamerick,
  Albuquerque, New Mexico
Jill Cox-Cordova, 
  Atlanta, Georgia
Emily Beaver, 
  Bay Area, California
Karen Cheung-Larivee, 
  Boston, Massachusetts
Nancy Day and Sheila Solomon,
  Chicago, Illinois
Sandra Fish, 
  Denver, Colorado
Deirdre Bannon, Jennifer DePaul and Lisa Gillespie,
  District of Columbia
Stephanie Yamkovenko, 
  Frederick, Maryland
Solmaz Sharif, 
  New York City
Susanna Ray, 
  Seattle, Washington
Megan Sweas, 
  Southern California

Advisory Board
Jill Geisler
Diana B. Henriques
Dori Maynard
Geneva Overholser
Lisa Stone

Justine Griffin and Merrill Perlman, Communications Co-Chairwomen
Connie K. Ho, Web Manager

Adrienne Lawrence,
  Interim Operations and CAMP Director
Kat Rowlands,
  Interim Development Director

Ankita Rao,
  Social Media Manager

Roxanne Foster,
  Assistant Membership Manager
Connie K. Ho, Web Manager


President’s Letter: JAWS love

By Linda Kramer Jenning, JAWS President

Not to get all syrupy, but for a feel-good JAWS moment, read the note earlier this month from Sabine Muscat to the listserv about The Wall Street Journal’s accepting her story.

Muscat says Viola Gienger brought her to a D.C. JAWS event after she lost her job as Washington correspondent for a German newspaper. She wasn’t sure how to break into freelancing and expand her outlets to write in both English and German. JAWS members reached out and offered advice and resources. Two years later, Muscat says she can live on her freelance income.

“It has been liberating to see that it is still possible to make a living as a journalist these days,” Muscat wrote. “But it also is a fact that job and income security are not easy to attain for freelancers — which is why networking is so important. JAWS is the best example for that.”
On that note, let’s welcome some two dozen journalists who became JAWS members since the first of the year. Now they also have access to the kind of support and networking that Muscat described. Please show them lots of JAWS love.

– Linda Kramer Jenning

Hadley Barndollar (@hbarndollar)
Donna Borak (@donnaborak)
Shannan Bowen (@shanbow)
Kara Brandeisky (@karabrandeisky)
Kerry Cardoza (@booksnotboys)
Natalie DiBlasio (@ndiblasio)
Rachel Glickhouse (@riogringa)
Rebecca Hughes
Michele Kayal (@AmerFoodRoots)
Esther Yu Hsi Lee (@estherindc)
Karen Mawdsley (@the_mawdster)
Heather McWilliams Mierzejewski (@hmcwilliams)
Erica Meltzer (@meltzere)
Lucija Millonig (@Millonig)
Catherine Morris
Lindsey O'Connnor (@LindseyOConnor)
Tara Peterman (@tapeterman)
Sarah Posner (@sarahposner)
Patricia Raybon (@PatriciaRaybon)
Ashley Southall (@assouthall)
Jessica Weiss (@jessweiss1)
Alessandra Whitney (@AKWhitney)
Dionne Young
Amanda Zamora (@amzam)

Board member blog post

Hooked on JAWS

By Merrill Perlman, JAWS Board Member

It’s time to confess: I was a JAWS denier.

In the early years of JAWS, Betsy Wade and Joan Cook urged me to join. Why did I need JAWS? I thought to myself. I was already at a wonderful place in my career at The New York Times (the second woman to be the chief of a major news copy desk, Betsy, of course, being the first). I didn’t need a group of women to validate my success. I demurred, more than once, and they stopped asking.

Fast-forward to 2006, more than 15 years later. I was now the director of copy desks at The Times, the largest department in terms of people reporting to it, more than 160. There were other women in top jobs at The Times, but I had little camaraderie with them. I needed something by way of a support group, a sounding board.

Read more here.

JAWS staff update

The Journalism and Women Symposium is seeking a well-organized team player and self-starter to be our part-time operations director. The successful candidate will help fulfill our mission of supporting the professional empowerment and personal growth of women in journalism while working toward a more accurate portrayal of society as a whole.

Share the job posting with your networks and circles.

Mentors and mentees, we’re open for business!

After a two-month hiatus, the Mentor Committee is pleased to invite JAWS members to sign up as a mentor or mentee. Our expanded year-round project provides ample opportunity for mentors and mentees to spend more time together via phone or in person.

The volunteer committee will match pairs based on professional expertise, location, career transitions and other requests. The questionnaire is streamlined and will only take a few minutes to complete. Please be patient while we match you to your mentor/mentee; it may take a few weeks.  

Here are the links to the mentor and mentee form.
Mentor link:
Mentee link:

If you need further assistance please contact:
Sheila Solomon, Mentor Committee Co-Chair
Donna Myrow, Mentor Committee Co-Chair
Bonnie Rollins, Mentoring Coordinator


Check out our FAQ! Many thanks to Nikki Raz for leading this effort,with great assists from Adrienne Lawrence, Connie K. Ho, Kat Rowlands, Sandra Fish and all of you who suggested questions (and in some cases supplied the answers). A public FAQ and a members-only version with all your questions about the listserv and more are available.

Call for regional captains

JAWS has active chapters in D.C., Los Angeles, New York City and other cities around the country. Just because we might not have current board members in your city doesn’t mean we can’t have a regional chapter there! You can spearhead one!

There’s no strict program you have to follow when hosting a JAWS event. The main goals are to connect with existing members while recruiting new ones. Some members make these events very casual. Some have quite a bit of structure with a speaker.

We are also looking for regional captains in St. Paul/Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Chicago and Boston to continue the great work current captains have already done. If you are interested in becoming a regional captain, please contact Liz Seegert, committee chair for regional gatherings.

JAWS 30th Anniversary Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) Oct. 9-11 in Whitefish, Mont. CAMP co-chairwomen Gina Setser and Emily Shenk are busy sorting through at least 45 proposals for speakers and panels submitted by members and others. Stay tuned for updates!

Winning JAWS 30th Anniversary slogan

By Nancy Day, JAWS member

On behalf of the judges, I am pleased to announce the winning slogan for our 30th anniversary year:


The judging was blind, based only on the merits of the many entries, but I was thrilled to find that the winner comes from Linda Deutsch, legendary trials reporter for the Associated Press, based in Los Angeles. Those of us lucky enough to come to CAMP ’14 were spellbound during her interview with her longtime friend and colleague Edie Lederer about her approach, ethics and entree into the world of celebrity defendants and their lawyers. Last month, Deutsch announced her retirement and her plan to write her memoirs.

Thus, the prize of extra time on the Friday night CAMP introductions should be lively and include more juicy tidbits from Deutsch’s victory lap year, including many celebrations of her storied career.

When JAWS President Linda Kramer Jenning, also an AP alumna, told Deutsch of her victory, she replied, “I am thrilled to have chosen the JAWS 30 slogan.”

The process, which those who tried it can attest, was far easier said than done, getting at the essence of what JAWS is and does in one brief phrase.

“Pondering the challenge,” said Deutsch, “I jotted down the elements that should be included, while keeping it short. Three things came to mind: the name of the organization, the 30-year milestone and the importance of women in news both as journalists and news makers.”

Many entrants, as Deutsch surmised, toyed with the notion of “30,” the anniversary of the Estes Park founding, and also part of journalism jargon, a problem because “30” connotes the end. Eventually, she concluded, “that was too much an insider’s term to appeal to a wider audience.”

“It may not have the cachet of ‘You’ve come a long way, baby,’ but times have changed since that was used to peddle cigarettes,” Deutsch said.“Our product is more powerful and we are no longer babies.”

Kramer Jenning said the slogan will be used internally and externally, to attract new members and sponsors. She concurred with Deutsch, who added, “I look forward to celebrating the Big 3-0 with everyone at CAMP.”

February BoardBytes 

By Sheila Solomon, JAWS Secretary

The Legacy Committee suggests setting up a JAWS speakers bureau and making members available to colleges and universities, especially those without a journalism program.

Please share your ideas for diversity training that can be conducted at regional meetings and CAMP.
Have you volunteered to help with one of these committees?

Programs and Services: Sandra Fish
CAMP: Gina Setser, Emily Shenk
Fellowships: Kira Zalan
Mentoring: Donna Myrow, Sheila Solomon
Regional programming: Liz Seegert
Membership: Susy Schultz
Finance: Amy Resnick
Fundraising: Pam Moreland
Communications: Merrill Perlman, Justine Griffin

Visit the members-only site and log in to view full board minutes.

Regional gatherings recap

JAWS Bay Area: We’re currently in the planning stages of a daylong investigative journalism training/workshop. If you have ideas or would like to help, contact Angela Woodall or regional captain Emily Beaver.

Bay Area and Albuquerque JAWdesses gathered in their respective cities for viewings of “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry.” Feedback reveals this is a great opportunity for regions to use a film or play as a recruitment tool — especially if you can arrange an informal mixer or talk afterwards.

JAWS Boston: Boston JAWS members last month attended “Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins,” a play written by JAWS members (and twins) Margaret (Peggy) and Allison Engel.

JAWS D.C.: The D.C. regional group co-sponsored the Feb. 14 screening of “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry.” Peggy Simpson welcomed everyone to the theater and told the audience about JAWS (with wild applause from all the JAWS members present). The film was followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers (you may remember Mary Dore from CAMP) and Marlene Sanders.

JAWS SoCal: We held a goal setting workshop with coach and author Debra Eckerling. The speaker volunteered her time and the space was donated by NextSpace LA, a co-working space. Eleven members and three non-members (2 non-journalists) attended for a total of 14 participants.

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