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Dec. 31, 2015
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Visit the national listserv

Join a committee!

The following committees are looking for volunteers:

CAMP 2016 planning: Contact chair Justine Griffin

Communications: Contact co-chairs Merrill Perlman and Sarah Shemkus

Diversity: Contact chair Amy Stretten

Fellowships: Contact chair Georgia Dawkins

Find out more here.

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.


Contact the regional captain to suggest an event.

Bay Area

Jan. 10 Potluck and Data Training Session.
Contact the regional captain to suggest an event. Sign up for the Bay Area regional listserv.


Contact the regional captain to suggest an event. Sign up for the Boston regional listserv.


Contact the regional captain to suggest an event. Join the Chicago Facebook page.


Jan. 6 Follow the Money.
Jan. 23 Audio 101.


Contact the regional captain to suggest an event. Sign up for the D.C. regional listserv.


Contact the regional captain to suggest an event. Join the Frederick Facebook group.

Gulf Coast, Florida

Contact the regional captain to suggest an event. Join the Gulf Coast Facebook group.

Iowa City, Iowa

Contact the regional captain to suggest an event.


Jan. 13 Meetup with speaker.
Sign up for the NYC regional listserv and Facebook group.


Northern New England

Contact the regional captain to suggest an event.


Contact the regional captain to suggest an event. Join the Facebook group.

Seattle, Washington

Contact the regional captain to suggest an event. Join the Facebook group.

Southern California

Jan. 10 Books and Broads.
Jan. 26 Goal-setting workshop.
Join the Southern California regional listserv and Facebook.

South Florida

Contact the regional captain to suggest an event.

Twin Cities

Contact the regional captain to suggest an event. Join the Facebook page.

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.

Want to start a regional group or become a regional captain in your city? Contact Megan Sweas, chair of regional gatherings.

Looking for JAWS members in your town, region or state? Log on to the members-only site and use the nifty search function to find out more.


*Mary C. Curtis was named politics editor at CQ Roll Call.

*Mona Gable’s story “The Trouble With Oxy” was chosen as one of Longread’s best of 2015.

*Christa Hillstrom has been selected as an Images & Voices of Hope Restorative Narrative Fellow. Her project is about Native American women experiencing and confronting sexual violence on reservations.

*Stephanie Hughes moved from Bloomberg to be the producer of “Marketplace Tech,” based out of Marketplace’s New York bureau. It’s a daily show focusing on tech and the economy.

*Jill Lawrence joins the USA Today editorial board as commentary editor.

*Amazon ordered “Good Girls Revolt” to series; the show is based on Lynn Povich’s book of the same name.

*Ankita Rao is joining WNYC as an assistant producer for their new podcast,  â€œOnly Human.”

*Tina Susman took a buyout from the L.A. Times and is contemplating what to do next.
Have news to share? Send to Connie K. Ho for the next issue. We reserve the right to edit for space.
Board of Directors
Sandra Fish,
Justine Griffin,
  Vice President
Linda Kramer Jenning,
  Deputy Vice President
Amy Resnick,
Sheila Solomon,
Georgia Dawkins
Jane Isay
Angela Greiling Keane
Pamela Moreland
Merrill Perlman

Liz Seegert
Gina Setser
Sarah Shemkus
Amy Stretten
Megan Sweas

Regional Captains
Gwyneth Doland and Megan Kamerick,
  Albuquerque, New Mexico

Stell Simonton,
  Atlanta, Georgia
Melody Simmons, 

Emily Beaver, 
  Bay Area, California
Deirdre Bannon and Karen Cheung-Larivee, 
  Boston, Massachusetts
Dannie Mahoney and Andrea Watson, 

Sandra Fish, 
  Denver, Colorado
Lottie Joiner, Jennifer DePaul and Lisa Gillespie,
  District of Columbia
Stephanie Yamkovenko, 
  Frederick, Maryland
Justine Griffin,
  Gulf Coast, Florida
Casey Hynes,
  Iowa City, Iowa

Solmaz Sharif and Debbie Leiderman, 
  New York City
Lucia Thayer, 

Meg Heckman, 
  Northern New England
Susanna Ray, 
  Seattle, Washington
Megan Sweas, 
  Southern California
Jess Weiss, 
  South Florida

Melinda Voss, 
  Twin Cities

Advisory Board
Jill Geisler
Mindy Marqu
és Gonzalez
Diana B. Henriques
Geneva Overholser
Lisa Stone

Merrill Perlman and Sarah Shemkus, Communications Co-Chairs
Connie K. Ho, Web Manager

Roxanne Foster,
  Operations Director
Connie K. Ho,
  Web Manager
Ankita Rao,
  Social Media Manager
Kat Rowlands,
  Development Director

President’s Letter: Looking ahead

By Sandra Fish, JAWS President

As 2015 draws to a close it’s time to look ahead.

Your Journalism and Women Symposium board of directors is planning some exciting events for 2016.

Of course, there’s the Conference and Mentoring Program, aka CAMP, which will be at the Hotel Roanoke in Roanoke, Va., Oct. 28-30. Camp co-chairs Justine Griffin and Marina Villeneuve are already putting together what we know will be a great program of keynote speakers, panel and fun times.

Now is the time to share your ideas with them. The guidelines are here, while the form to submit a panel or speaker idea is here. Your participation is what makes our annual conference such a wonderful experience, so please share!

But before CAMP, in fact, in just a couple of months, we have a couple of other events lined up â€” and we hope to have more.

On Feb. 27 in Chicago and May 7 in Washington, D.C., Jill Geisler, JAWS advisory board member and Loyola University’s Bill Plante Chair in Leadership and Media Integrity, will hold daylong leadership trainings. We’ll open registration for the Chicago event in January and for the D.C. event in March.

We’re also talking with Reveal about possible audio training on the West Coast, and will have more information after the first of the year if we can work out the details.

Meanwhile, if you’re really planning ahead, mark Oct. 27-29, 2017, on your calendar. Our 2017 JAWS CAMP will be at the Hotel Arlington Resort and Spa in Hot Springs, Ark.

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.

Board member blog post: Sticking it out

By Georgia Dawkins, JAWS Board Member

Dec. 8, 2015.

That was the day I decided to quit journalism. It was that nine-hour, 20-minute shift that pushed me over the edge. I decided that was the last time that I would work through lunch, time my bathroom breaks and race to get a snack from the vending machine, making it back to my desk just in time to be ignored.

Read more here.

Insurance for JAWS members

Members have access to insurance for health, business, life and more through Association Health Programs (AHP). Pooled with over 300 national associations, AHP takes your buying power further — and gives you one more option as you evaluate coverage. This might be especially useful for freelancers or part-time workers who do not get company benefits.

AHP can tailor insurance coverage for you with a variety of plans. You can reach them by visiting or calling them at (888) 450-3040.

Keep up the momentum in 2016

By Sandra Fish, JAWS President

JAWS is looking forward to a great 2016!

And we hope you’ll help us out with a tax-deductible year-end donation. (And don’t forget your employer's matching program!)

You may make a one-time or recurring donation online here, or mail a check to Journalism and Women Symposium, 2885 Sanford Ave., SW #29226, Grandville, MI 49418-1342.

Thanks for your support!

Roundup of best work in 2015

Thanks to all the members who submitted their work from this past year – check out a few of the stories on

Got an idea for CAMP? Please take this survey

The JAWS Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) 2016 needs a program that rockets newswomen into the future, and the board is turning to the sharpest minds anywhere for suggestions — you.

Read more here.

Feb. 1 deadline set for JAWS story/cookbook

Everyone has a food story. Everyone has work stories. With journalists, these are sometimes intertwined.
  • Sharing an unusual meal in a war zone.
  • Celebrating victories small and large with food in the newsroom.
  • Bonding over lasagna at a JAWS potluck.
  • Writing about a chef and her recipes.
We want those stories, ones that tell about the experiences of women journalists around the world and at home. The stories, and the recipes that go with them, will commemorate JAWS and its members whether they are writing about murders, wars, presidents, restaurants, economics, families or cooking. We are commemorating 30 years of JAWS history with a cookbook — a collection of your stories and recipes. The project will pay tribute to the work and the tables of our members.

No recipe? No problem. Send the story. For sample stories and recipe guidelines, see

Coordinators Jane Marshall and Carol Guensburg need volunteers with skills in copy editing, recipe testing, photography/illustration, design and other aspects of production. The deadline is Feb. 1, 2016. Send your contributions and volunteer at (Jane and Carol want to remind those of you who promised to send stories that it’s time to deliver.)

Regional gatherings recap

Events were hosted in the Bay Area, Southern California, NYC, District of Columbia and South Florida.

Read more here.

Thank you, Ankita!

JAWS board of directors and staff would like to thank social media manager Ankita Rao for her service to JAWS. She starts a new position with WYNC in January. For any questions or requests regarding JAWS social media, please contact web manager 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 plan to attend an upcoming journalism conference, please email JAWS development director Kat Rowlands so she can arm you with cards, pins and information and perhaps coordinate a JAWdess gathering at the conference.
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