Please enjoy the latest issue of the JAWS newsletter. AUGUST 2013 
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JAWS in your neighborhood 


Aug. 28
5:30 - 8 p.m.
Mad Momos (3605 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C.). Contact Alexis Hauk to contribute a prize for a fundraising raffle.

JAWS Rocky Mountain

Sept. 17
5:30 p.m.
Pints Pub (221 W 13th Ave, Denver, CO 80204). Contact Sandra Fish or Jessica Rettig to contribute a prize for a fundraising raffle.

JAWS Southern CA

Sept. 29
2 - 5 p.m.
Casey Rentz home (11847 Gorham Ave #404, LA, CA 90049)
Please contact SoCal Regional Captain Megan Sweas for details.


More than 20 Jawdesses met and mingled at the monthly happy hour in NYC on Aug. 6 and gained two new members!

Have an upcoming event? Host a lecture, potluck or happy hour in your region and publicize your local gathering in the next newsletter issue. Email details to Karen Cheung-Larivee.


*Jennifer DePaul will join Tax Analysts in September as a senior reporter, covering state and local tax issues. 

*Anne Farris Rosen, a Washington, D.C.-based freelance journalist, has become an adjunct professor at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland.

*Donna DeLeno Neoworth has been accepted to the Multimedia Journalism Graduate Certificate Program at the University of Maryland, beginning Sept. 7.

*Caryl River's thriller "Indecent Behavior," completely rewritten, has been published online by Diversion Press.

*Melissa Ludtke was in Changzhou, China, with a bilingual team of filmmakers to portray her teenage daughter's visit with girls her age who are growing up in the rural town where she was abandoned as a baby.

*Maya E. Shwayder, a new JAWS member, recently started as a freelancer for the Jerusalem Post in New York, covering the U.N.

*Elissa Yancey recently took on a part-time role as an environmental reporter and contributing editor for WCPO Digital, the Cincinnati ABC affiliate and the national HQ for Scripps Howard.

*Adrienne Lawrence will present, "Storytelling From Pitch to Publish," 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Mac Business Solutions, 11 S. Market St., Frederick, Md., on Sept. 11.

*Following adventure and love interest, Lisa Shepard is looking for work in Kabul, Afghanistan, in the fall. Will write, edit, train, work for a non-profit, almost anything.
Have news to share? Send to Karen Cheung-Larivee for the next issue. We reserve the right to edit for space.
Board of Directors
Becky Day, 
Executive Director
Kat Rowlands, 
Lauren M. Whaley, President-Elect
Sandra Fish, Vice President
Jessica Rettig, Secretary
Andrea Stone, Treasurer
Gwyneth Doland

Karen Cheung-Larivee
Mary C. Curtis
Jennifer DePaul
Kimberly Johnson 
Sarah Pollock
Peg Simpson
Lisen Stromberg

Regional Captain
Megan Sweas, Southern CA Captain

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

Karen Cheung-Larivee, Editor 
Merrill Perlman, Copy Editor
Ankita Rao, Social Media Manager
CAMP 2013 supporters Thank you for your commitment to the advancement of women in journalism.

President's letter 

By Katherine Ann Rowlands,
JAWS President

The transition to fall requires a fresh look at the calendar, including the start of school for my daughter, the holiday celebrations with friends and family and, of course, JAWS CAMP. I am looking forward to exploring Vermont for a few days before the conference starts and then reconnecting with all of you during what promises to be a great event.

Don’t forget to register online and call the hotel (802-878-1100) to make your reservation with a special rate for JAWS before October 1.

Highlights of the three-day weekend schedule include training on visual storytelling, healthcare reporting, food policy politics, data reporting and funding your dream journalism project. Plus, we are thrilled to have New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson as our keynote speaker, Merrill Perlman on tap to tell “Reporters Without Editors” how to avoid embarrassing mistakes, and Jacqui Banaszynski giving tips about the art of the interview. Take advantage of all this while experiencing lovely autumn colors and beautiful scenery with a stay at The Essex Culinary Resort & Spa in Essex, Vt., near Burlington. Registration, which is $375 for members, includes most meals.

Our ambitions for CAMP and for growing our organization, now at 700 members, would not come to fruition without the tremendous efforts of our volunteer board, and I am so proud of what we have accomplished in recent years. I’m also pleased to present a quality slate of candidates for the next board. You will be asked to vote on this slate at the general membership meeting on Oct. 27.

The slate of candidates is:

  • President Lauren Whaley
  • Vice President Susy Schultz
  • Deputy Vice President Nancy Day
  • Treasurer Jessica Rettig
  • Secretary Kimberly Johnson
  • General Board member Adrienne Lawrence
  • General Board member Judy Miller
  • General Board member Donna Myrow
  • General Board member Paro Pain
  • General Board member Hilary Powell
  • General Board member Erin Siegal
  • General Board member Rachel Louise Snyder
  • General Board member Kira Zalan

Remaining on the board to complete their two-year terms are Karen Cheung-Larivee, Jennifer DePaul, Sarah Pollock and Lisen Stromberg. Going off the board, with many thanks for their service, will be Andrea Stone, Mary C. Curtis, Gwyneth Doland, Sandra Fish, Peg Simpson and me.

See you at CAMP! —Kat

Board member blog

CAMP preparation heats up

By Andrea Stone,
JAWS Treasurer

Ah, August. Summer vacation. Slow news days. A time to chill out before everything starts up again in September.

I wish.

This August finds me working long hours to ready the website of the new Al Jazeera America TV network in time for our launch this month. There is much work to do, but it’s been wonderful to help build a new journalism website from the ground up.

Fortunately for me, most of my work as program chair for the 2013 Conference and Mentoring Project Oct. 25-27 in Vermont is done! Read more... 

Register for CAMP
Book a hotel room (802) 878-1100

Help make our first online auction a success

By Lisen Stromberg,
JAWS Board Member

We already have dream vacations in Mexico, Florida, Vermont and Utah. We are working to secure even more great places to travel with your friends and family. 

Now we need other great ways to connect. Do you or someone you know have a special skill? Maybe you're a pro at radio reporting or know the ins and outs of how to make the best use of Facebook for journalists. Or, is your BFF someone renowned? Would you be willing to a host a dinner party with him or her for the JAWS auction? We would love to have special skills and fun events to ensure our auction has something for everyone.

Contact Lisen Stromberg with your auction item ideas. And get ready to start bidding. Bidding begins on Oct. 14. More information to come.

Getting to and from CAMP

By Karen Cheung-Larivee, Board Member


Many attendees choose to carpool to and from CAMP. To help facilitate that, we’ve created a shared document. If you’d like to carpool (have room in your car or need a ride), please fill out the form as completely as possible. If you have questions about filling out this form, please contact Karen Cheung-Larivee at  or Becky Day. If you do not wish to share your phone number or email on this public document, please coordinate transportation via the listserv instead.

Airport shuttle

The Essex Spa and Resort offers a courtesy shuttle. As a courtesy to the resort, please call (802) 878-1100 and let the front desk know your flight time so they can plan the bellman’s trips to the airport. Once you arrive at the Burlington airport and can turn your cellphone on, call (802) 878-1100 and ask for the shuttle to pick you up. Please note: JAWS is not coordinating the shuttle, but the resort is happy to help!

Send a fellow to CAMP

By Jessica Rettig, JAWS Secretary

On Monday, Aug. 19, the JAWS Board launched a one-month GoFundMe campaign to bring this year's 10 fellowship winners to CAMP. This year's fellows were selected from a record number of applicants, based on a combination of experience, merit, promise, financial need, and diversity. Please visit to learn more about the fellowship program and to donate! Please share the campaign across your social networks.
Fund a fellow

Congrats to 2013 CAMP fellows

By Jessica Rettig, JAWS Secretary

We're pleased to announce the newest class of CAMP fellows:   
  • Arielle Stevenson
    Food Editor & Staff Writer, Creative Loafing
    Tampa, FL
  • Caitlin Huey-Burns
    Congressional Reporter, RealClearPolitics
    Washington, DC
  • Cherise Newsome
    City Hall Reporter, The Virginian-Pilot
    Norfolk, VA
  • Emily Douglas
    Senior Editor, The Nation
    New York, NY
  • Halle Stockton
    Reporter, PublicSource
    Pittsburgh, PA
  • Jaclyn Fortier
    Host/Producer, NPR, All Things Considered
    Greeley, CO
  • Jaclyn Zubrzycki
    Staff Writer, Education Week
    Washington, DC
  • Rachel Bowers
    Assistant Sports Editor, Athens Banner-Herald
    Athens, GA
  • Sarah D. Wire
    State Government Reporter, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
    Little Rock, AK
  • Stephanie Hughes
    Producer, "Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast"
    Baltimore, MD
You can read their full bios here.

New sponsorship policy approved

By Katherine Ann Rowlands,
JAWS President

The JAWS Board of Directors in August approved a written policy to guide the organization in soliciting and accepting sponsors for our programming. While we have traditionally accepted financial support from foundations, universities and other journalism organizations, corporate and private support is relatively new as we seek to find new sources of income to enhance our programming and services. We are actively seeking a variety of sponsors for this year's CAMP, for example, and are pleased to report significant support so far from Al Jazeera America, McClatchy, Digital First, GoFundMe, John S. Knight Fellowships at Stanford and Against the Grain Gourmet.

To address concerns about potential conflict of interest for the organization, we created guidelines that make clear that no sponsor would influence our programming and no sponsorship implies an endorsement by our group or our members. We also expressed our desire to accept support from entities that support our values and mission: JAWS supports the professional empowerment and personal growth of women in journalism and works toward a more accurate portrayal of the whole society.

The policy is published on our website and also referenced in all communication between JAWS and potential sponsors.

A message from your social media manager

By Ankita Rao, Social Media Manager

It's been an exciting few months building JAWS's social media footprint. Since May, we've seen more than 50 percent growth on Twitter — with awesome journalists from esteemed media following and interacting with the organization. There also has been a 70 percent jump on LinkedIn, thanks to increased visibility, and the collective space where members can share their work and thoughts. Our Facebook page has also been attracting more attention, with about 20 percent more followers than just a few months ago and lots of reader feedback!

Our online community has been exchanging thoughts and discussions on vital topics concerning women in the media — from how to find balance in this industry to the subtle forces trying to hold women back. Stay tuned for more tips and news, and be sure to leverage these platforms for your own benefit. There is no better way to get hundreds of eyes on the awesome work you are doing than sharing with powerful women in journalism! Send feedback and ideas to
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