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Nov. 23, 2016
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*Deirdre Bannon joined The Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism in Boston as an associate editor, where she reports on social justice and human rights issues.

*Kirstin Downey is writing for Honolulu-based Civil Beat.

*Dina Gold has a revised and updated paperback of her book “Stolen Legacy.” The updated version of the book (published in August 2015 in hardback) has new chapters, book club questions and a tourist guide to the various sites mentioned around Berlin. 

*Bobbi Olson has recently become a news editor for The Huffington Post. She’ll work out of the Beverly Hills bureau and will do her best not to spend her gains on Rodeo Drive. Bobbi recently took a buyout from the Los Angeles Times, where she was a copy editor and copy chief for 24 years. She continues to accept freelance editing projects as time allows.
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Dec. 13: JAWS NYC Holiday Party

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President’s Letter: Meeting challenges head on

By Sandra Fish, JAWS President

Like many of you, I left our Conference and Mentoring Program in Roanoke last month invigorated by great programming, refreshed by seeing friends old and new, and, maybe, a bit overfed!

The job of a working journalist can be a struggle. The pay isn’t always great, the hours are unpredictable and newsrooms have been cut to the bone in the last decade as the media’s business model is dissolved by all that is “free” on the Internet. That struggle is especially true for women and people of color, who are less likely to get the job, the pay raise, the promotion to management.

Read more here.

Member blog post: The JAWS Marketplace is open!

By Pam Moreland, JAWS member

That’s right; think about JAWS–and the online JAWS Marketplace–during the upcoming weeks of holiday gift giving.

Stylish hoodies. Yoga mats. Coffee cups and water bottles. T-shirts in a myriad of styles. Outfits for the baby, the doggies and for your BFF. All emblazoned with the JAWS logo.

Read more here.

Honoring Betsy Wade

By Betty Medsger, JAWS member

Congratulations to Betsy Wade, a journalism hero.

This JAWS pioneer was given a lifetime achievement award on Nov. 16 by the Society of the Silurians, an organization of veteran journalists in New York.

Read more here.

Contribute to Giving Tuesday

By Roxanne Foster, JAWS Operations Director

As 2016 draws to a close and the season of giving begins, we’re looking forward to 2017 and all that we’d like to do to further our mission of “supporting the professional empowerment and personal growth of women in journalism.”

This year, we’re participating in Giving Tuesday (Nov. 29) and are asking you to join us. We’re asking you to give to JAWS in honor of the women in your life, especially the JAWdesses who inspire you to “lift as you climb.” Give the cost of a week’s worth of coffee prepared by your favorite barista. Ask your family and friends to give to JAWS in lieu of buying you something else you don’t really need (or want) this holiday season.

Our goal is to raise $5,000 on Giving Tuesday to help bring more training, mentoring and networking opportunities to our members via webinars, workshops and through our regional gatherings. Each dollar you give will go towards expanding and strengthening valuable connections that help support and keep women in journalism.

Regardless of whether you can give $10 or $100, we ask that you give and encourage others to do so, as well. If you post a #GivingTuesday #UNselfie (selfless selfie) or just share why you chose to give to JAWS on social media, don’t forget to tag @womenjournos on Twitter and Instagram so we can repost and retweet. (The official “UNselfie” sign that you can print and post with can be found here.)

Thank you in advance for giving. We hope you have a wonderful holiday!

JAWS is a charitable nonprofit organization (501(c)3), so your donations are tax-deductible.

Remembering Gwen Ifill

Remarks on social media from members of the Journalism and Women Symposium regarding journalist Gwen Ifill’s passing.

Read more here.

Social media webinar recap

Last month, JAWS held a social media webinar with Lisa Rossi, the storytelling coach at The Des Moines Register. She discussed various platforms, creating a social media plan and how women journalists can stay safe online. Check out the notes from the session.
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