Please enjoy the latest issue of the JAWS newsletter.
Aug. 31, 2016
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In this newsletter:


*Claire Booth’s debut mystery novel, “The Branson Beauty,” came out July 19.

*Alice Driver recently covered the work of a young Colombian environmental activist for The New York Times Women in the World.

*Marissa Evans won a Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Journalism fellowship grant in July and the program begins in September.

*Lara Salahi was named Assistant Professor of Broadcast and Digital Journalism at Endicott College.

*Kira Zalan recently spent two weeks reporting in Sudan, supported by a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

*Sonia Nazario recently had a story published in The New York Times.
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Advisory Board



Board member blog post: A safe space to vent about ageism

By Linda Kramer Jenning, JAWS Board Member

A friend, also a member of JAWS, told me recently about an unnerving experience on the Metro. Someone stood up and offered her a seat.

She did not think that she looked old enough to warrant the offer. She’s trim and fit. When we talked about it, she explained that she didn’t feel “old inside.”

Read more here.

President’s Letter: Women journalists on the campaign trail

By Sandra Fish, JAWS President

You may have noticed there’s an election going on.

Many of us are covering it at some level; most of us are talking about it.

Read more here.

Last chance: Submit your name for the JAWS Board of Directors by Sept. 1

By Angela Greiling Keane, JAWS Board Member

I joined an amazing group of women one recent weekend in Washington to hear from the talented Jill Geisler about honing leadership skills. It was the second in what I hope will be a longer series of JAWS leadership trainings for which Jill has generously given her time.

One thing that struck me about the participants was that most of them, like myself, weren’t freshly minted college graduates. Most were seasoned, midcareer professionals looking to up our game and our careers through newsroom leadership. Jill’s message was one of empowerment, showing us not just how to be journalism leaders but also how to frame the experience many of us already have to show our aptitude for management or for leading from positions we’re already in.

I won’t spoil all the surprises of the training, but I will tell you that despite spending seven hours of a sunny Saturday indoors, I left wanting more. I will also tell you something else I thought about while soaking in all I’d heard from the day — I thought how JAWS board service is both a fantastic way to build leadership skills as well as a way to demonstrate a track record of leadership.

Read more here.

Save the date: Oct. 3 Webinar at 4 p.m. PT / 7 p.m. ET

“Social Media for Journalists”

Join JAWS for a social media webinar in October – more details to be announced in another email, here’s a quick preview of what’s in store.

Tools like Instagram, Twitter and Facebok
  • Using your personal Facebook page vs. a professional page to build a following
  • Using data to determine which stories to share, when to share them, and how to package them
  • Finding stories and conversations and verifying sources
Staying safe on social media
  • How women journalists can set and defend social media boundaries
  • Knowing when it's time to bring in editors or law enforcement
Cultivating a social media following
  • Advice for journalists, whether freelance or staff, to take ownership of their social media influence
  • How to share stories effectively, get people interested in what you’re writing
  • Developing your own strategies independently of your organization's social media team (or lack thereof)
The training is slated to be about 90 minutes long, with 30 minutes built in for Q&A.

CAMP hotel update

Hotel Roanoke is the host hotel for CAMP 2016 and the room block at the Hotel Roanoke is full. We have secured rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn, about 5 miles from the Hotel Roanoke. The address is 4500 South Peak Blvd., Roanoke. The room rate is $159 per night for a single or double. You can book these rooms by calling 540-776-3400 or online at Please reference JAWS when making your reservations. These rooms will not be available after Sept. 27. The hotel has a shuttle that is available first come, first served. There is not a shuttle reserved for the group. But we’ll bet you can also find someone to get you there and back!

If you want to share a room you’ve already booked or are looking for someone to room with, check out the room share/rideshare document.

Join us for a Twitter chat

Learn about the tech training and mentoring taking part at the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) – our Twitter chat guests include CAMP tech training organizers Liz Seegert (@lseegert) and Stephanie Yamkovenko (@s_yamkovenko) The Twitter chat takes place on Thursday, Sept. 8, at 1 p.m. PT / 4 p.m. ET. Follow hashtag #jaws16 and the Twitter handle @womenjournos for the conversation.

To join us for CAMP Oct. 28 to 30 in beautiful Roanoke, Va., register by Sept. 15 for the regular registration rate — $375 for members and $475 for non-members. CAMP will be at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center.

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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