Presidentâ€™s Letter: A safe place to share
In response to the recent Tim Hunt immolation, I asked myself: Do co-workers fall in love with you? Or vice versa? Do you cry when criticized?
Well actually, yes.
I met Steve when we were working in the AP bureau together in San Francisco. We will celebrate our 38th anniversary next month. As office romances go, it wasnâ€™t particularly torrid. We always seemed to work different shifts (the joys of the APâ€™s 24/7 scheduling) and after a few months he left to work at a local paper. I thought we had successfully hidden the relationship from colleagues, but they later told me they all knew. (No reporter wants to admit to being scooped).
While I canâ€™t recall a specific instance, I know there were times in the early years of my career when I came close to tears if not actually cried while being criticized. This would happen when I felt the criticism was unfair and that I was powerless against my supervisor.
I do not think Nobel Laureate Hunt was thinking of someone like me (never mind that Iâ€™m not a scientist) when he said: â€œLet me tell you about my trouble with girls. Three things happen when they are in the lab. You fall in love with them, they fall in love with you, and when you criticize them, they cry.â€
The social media scrum went bonkers. He was forced to resign his academic post. He has since apologized, saying his words at a conference in Seoul were the result of nervousness and did not reflect his views on women in science. His wife, Mary Collins, a senior immunologist, told The Guardian that Hunt â€œis certainly not an old dinosaur. He just says silly things now and again.â€
For me, there are several take-aways.
- Yes, sometimes there is romance in the workplace. I didnâ€™t plan to fall in love with a colleague, but it happened. If it happens to you, act professionally in the newsroom and inform your supervisor. Also, check on company policies about relationships, especially if one of you supervises the other.
- Crying in front of others is not a great career strategy. Thereâ€™s a clear gender double standard. Just ask former Congresswoman Patricia Schroeder. I would hope younger women are gaining the confidence and the newsroom negotiating skills to handle challenging and frustrating situations without tearing up (one reason we need JAWS!). But if you do, donâ€™t apologize. A man wouldnâ€™t.
- At least Pat Schroeder had her â€œmomentâ€ before todayâ€™s social media existed. The gleeful Twitter takedown of Tim Hunt raises questions about fairness and balance. But even â€œsilly thingsâ€ can harm and undermine the goal of supporting women in science and breaking down remaining sexist barriers. Just as we need to take a breath before we tweet, so does a prominent scientist before speaking about women in labs.
At some point in your career, did a boss or teacher or a source make a sexist, racist or other unacceptable comment in front of you? How did you or would you respond? Does it make a difference because of the personâ€™s position, even if he or she would insist later that it was just a â€œsilly thing?â€ What if itâ€™s a co-worker, someone you supervise or an acquaintance â€” would you respond differently?
JAWS is a safe place where we can share our views and experiences in response to the discussion Tim Hunt unwittingly ignited. I hope we continue this conversation on the listserv and over drinks at CAMP.
â€”Linda Kramer Jenning
Operations Director Corner
By Roxanne Foster, JAWS Operations Director
Please join me in welcoming these newest members:
Jill Cornfield (@jillcornfield)
Claritza JimÃ©nez (@ClaritzaJimenez)
Kitty Lindsay (@KittyLindsayLA)
Sarah Hoenicke (@astoriajane)
Keeley Webster (@keeley_webster)
Yana Kunichoff (@yanazure)
Izabela Moi (@izamoi)
Alina Tugend (@atugend)
Samantha McCann (@soljourno)
Michele Stueven (@MicheleStueven)
Laurie Guthmann (@LaurieGuthmann)
Anh Do (@newsterrier)
Veronique Dupont (@verodupont)
Joresa Blount (@Joresab)
Solvej Schou (@Solvej_Schou)
Susan Freudenheim (@Freudenheim)
Emily Bell (@emilybell)
Vera Haller (@verahaller)
Joanne Derbort (@jddSonomaMag)
Marilynn Larkin (@MarilynnL)
Mary Rosewood (@rainydayprose)
Jill Winters (@nwsportsgirl)
Katie Sartoris (@KatieASartoris)
Amy Johstono (@amy_johstono)
Patricia Zengerle (@ReutersZengerle)
Kavitha Davidson (@kavithadavidson)
Lucia Walinchus (@Sosayslucia)
Maia Davis (@maia_davis)
Ashley Alvarado (@AshleyAlvarado)
Keidra Chaney (@kdc)
Julie Zauzmer (@JulieZauzmer)
Natasha Pizzey (@natasha_pizzey)
If your membership is past due, please renew! Youâ€™re an important part of the JAWS network and weâ€™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. I look forward to interacting with you all and I hope to meet more of you face to face at CAMP!
Board member blog post: Journalist and author Patricia Raybon on book writing
By Sandra Fish, JAWS President-Elect
â€œLittle hinges open big doors,â€ journalist and book author Patricia Raybon said at a talk on May 21 sponsored by Colorado SPJ Pro and the Journalism and Women Symposium at the Denver Press Club.
Raybon and her daughter, Alana Raybon, are authors of the recently released book â€œUndivided: A Muslim Daughter, Her Christian Mother and Their Path to Peace.â€ It is Raybonâ€™s fifth book.
Their collaboration has been featured on The Today Show, the Tavis Smiley Show and more.
In talking about her career â€“ from reporter and editor at the Denver Post to journalism professor at the University of Colorado Boulder to book author â€“ Raybon outlined the seven hinges that led her to book writing.
Read more here.
CAMP programming preview
By Emily Shenk, JAWS CAMP Co-Chair
Fall may seem far off, but the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) in beautiful Whitefish, Mont., is just a few months away! We are very excited about the 30th anniversary CAMP, which will celebrate our accomplishments together so far but also look forward to the next 30 years. What lies ahead for women in journalism? How will the way we tell stories evolve in the coming decade? What skills can we gain to become better leaders in our workplaces?
Weâ€™re planning a lineup of interactive sessions to help you explore these questions and more. Early-bird registration ends June 30, so register now to get the best deal. If you need more convincing, here are some highlights that Iâ€™m particularly excited about.
Come early on Friday for our pre-conference workshops. Our all-day data visualization training will show you how to use data to effectively tell your stories. Have an idea for a book but not sure how to make it happen? Weâ€™ve got a two-hour book camp with publishing experts to help guide you.
That night, weâ€™ll party like itâ€™s 1985 â€” in honor of our first CAMP gathering â€” with an â€™80s-themed networking hour.
Among the variety of panels weâ€™re offering Saturday will be a group of journalism educators discussing the challenge of teaching core journalism principles in a multiplatform digital environment.
Weâ€™ll continue that discussion later in the weekend with our keynote speaker, Emily Bell, a professor at Columbia University and director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism.
Sunday morning, Mary Curtis and Jill Geisler will lead â€œNot on My Watch,â€ an interactive workshop about turning the talk about diversity to real action. Participants will leave with concrete ideas to defeat conscious and unconscious bias.
That evening, weâ€™re working on a special discussion during our annual Wine and Whine event â€” more details to come on that soon.
Donâ€™t forget to register now for the discounted rate and to take advantage of the airfare deals weâ€™ve set up.
Iâ€™m looking forward to seeing you there!
Introducing the fellowship winners
Congratulations to our fellowship winners this year!
Next Step Fellow
Emerging Journalists Fellows
Melissa Batchelor Warnke
Lisa Maria Garza
Join in on the JAWS CAMP 30 Twitter chat
Want to learn more about the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) before the early-bird registration rate deadline? Youâ€™re in luck! Weâ€™ll be hosting a Twitter chat on Thursday, June 25, at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. ET on all things CAMP-related. Here are a few of the esteemed guests slated to join in on the conversation:
- Linda Deutsch, former Associated Press special correspondent (@LindaDeutsch)
- Nancy Day, chair of the journalism department at Columbia College (@ndchicago)
- Gina Setser (@gsetser) and Emily Shenk (@eshenk), CAMP Co-chairs
- Kat Rowlands (@News_Kat), Development Director
A few of the things weâ€™ll be talking about include upcoming programming, resources for paying for CAMP and memories of CAMP from the past 30 years. Follow the handle @womenjournos and hashtag #JAWS15 on Twitter to tune in on the conversation. We look forward to seeing you there!
JAWS needs you!
By Donna Myrow, Mentoring Co-chair
In 2014, we expanded the mentoring program to be year-round. Itâ€™s been wildly successful, with more than 100 members matched as mentors or mentees. Weâ€™re also matching pairs for the weekend at the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP). We need your help.
The JAWS website has an excellent resource list and suggestions for successful mentoring. We want to add a Tip Sheet with recommendations from mentors and mentees regarding their experience, but we need a volunteer to coordinate the Tip Sheet. The task involves posting a notice on the national listserv asking mentors/mentees to share what theyâ€™ve learned in the partnership. Their comments will then be added to the Tip Sheet.
CAMP registration is open. We need a volunteer coordinator for CAMP mentor/mentee matchups. Weâ€™ll recruit volunteers to identify pairs for the weekend, but the coordinator needs to oversee the project.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Sheila Solomon, Mentor Committee Co-Chair
Donna Myrow, Mentor Committee Co-Chair
Bonnie Rollins, Mentoring Coordinator
Call for nominations
By Melinda Voss, JAWS Nominations Chair and past board member
Do you want to become more involved in JAWS? Do you have great ideas on how we can move into the future, or do better in the present? Or do you know someone who does?
On behalf of the Nominations Committee, it is my pleasure to invite JAWS members to submit names of qualified nominees for officer or board member of the 2015-16 Journalism and Women Symposium Board of Directors. Nominations are being accepted until July 1 for these positions:
- Vice president
- Deputy vice president (in place of a president-elect)
- Four board positions
Serving on the Board of Directors is a rich opportunity to contribute to JAWS, to help develop the organization and expand your leadership skills. The Nominating Committee seeks to nominate candidates who:
- Reflect the diversity of our membership and society at large;
- Care passionately about promoting the professional empowerment and personal growth of women in journalism; and
- Will actively contribute their energy, talents, skills and wisdom to strengthening JAWS as a financially stable organization with rich programming and services that meet its membersâ€™ needs. We need board members who have these skills or who are willing to develop them in such areas as fundraising, finance, membership, technology and development.
Eligibility for the JAWS board: Any active member who has attended the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) at least twice. Attending CAMP this fall in Montana can count as the second CAMP. Officers and board members serve one- or two-year terms. All are elected by a vote of the membership. Election of JAWS officers and new board members takes place at the annual business meeting, in conjunction with our fall CAMP.
If you submit a name other than your own, please contact the person beforehand to secure her approval. In addition, the Nominations Committee may seek out members to be nominated. Nominees will be asked to submit a short questionnaire and statement of willingness to serve.
To nominate yourself or someone for an officer or board position, submit an email with the qualifications and why the person is being nominated to JAWSnominates@gmail.com by July 1. Members are free to submit their own names or those of others.
For more information about board membersâ€™ duties, go to the Board of Directors page on the JAWS website. If you have additional questions, please contact me.
Staying at the Grouse Mountain Lodge for CAMP
Call 406-892-2525 and mention Journalism and Women Symposium to get the group rate. The group rate is valid until Sept. 8, or until the block sells out, whichever comes first. Roommate sign-up sheets are available for those looking for a roommate at CAMP.
$87 for single/double occupancy; $102 for triple occupancy.
Free at Grouse Mountain Lodge.
Airports and Transportation
Glacier Park International Airport (FCA)
There is also Missoula International Airport (MSO) that is approximately 2 1/2 hours from the Grouse Mountain Lodge. Rental cars are available in the ground transportation center. Parking at the hotel is complimentary.
- The airport is approximately 11 miles from the Grouse Mountain Lodge.
- The Lodge provides free round-trip shuttle service to and from the FCA airport with advance reservations. Call 406-892-2525 to schedule shuttle service once your flights are booked.
- Rental cars are available in the ground transportation center.
A rideshare sign-up sheet is available for those looking to carpool together to the CAMP site.
Visit the members-only site members.jaws.org and log in to view full board minutes.
- New operations director Roxanne Foster says she loves interacting with new members.
- Join our crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for JAWS Emerging Fellows.
- Donâ€™t forget that United, Delta and Alaska airlines are offering airfare discounts to help you get to the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP). The key is to use the airlineâ€™s promo codes and book online. Pam Moreland lined up a dedicated travel agent at Liberty for people who want to go that route.
Contribute to a JAWS cookbook
Happy hours. Potlucks. Camp buffets. With food and drink, members of the Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) celebrate steps big and small.
Thatâ€™s why we hope to commemorate 30 years of JAWS history with a modest cookbook â€” a collection of your stories and recipes. Consider it a keepsake, a smorgasbord of inspiration, maybe even a fundraising tool.
We need your help. The key ingredient is a good tale to introduce a favorite recipe. Maybe itâ€™s about some taste thatâ€™s indelibly linked to an assignment or a dish that youâ€™ve brought to a JAWS gathering. No recipe? No problem. Tell a JAWS food story; we might even find a recipe to match.
Weâ€™ll also feature a few stories/recipes involving earlier journalists whoâ€™ve brought honor to our craft, from muckraker Ida Tarbell to first lady Eleanor Roosevelt to food writer Clementine Paddleford to â€œfirst lady of the black pressâ€ Ethel Payne.
As for the recipe(s), weâ€™ll follow conventions:
Hereâ€™s a sample from the JAWS website.
- Credit the recipe source if the dish/drink isnâ€™t your own creation. Provide a cookbook title and author (and date, if possible), a website name and link, etc.
- List measurements for U.S. cooks, using teaspoons, cups and pounds instead of grams or liters.
- Give steps detailed enough for someone else to successfully replicate the concoction you remember. Cooks donâ€™t want to waste precious time or ingredients.
This is a collective effort. Please contact project directors Carol Guensburg and Jane Marshall if youâ€™d like to help with editing, copy editing, recipe testing, photography, illustration or design.
Weâ€™d like contributions by Friday, June 26! Send Carol and Jane your submissions and photos. Now get cooking!
Regional gatherings recap
JAWS DC: At least three dozen JAWS members gathered Saturday at Roberta Baskinâ€™s breathtaking home on the bank of Jackson Lake in Manassas, Va. In addition to boat rides by Capt. Jim (Robertaâ€™s husband and journalist), JAWS members enjoyed dips in the pool and great conversation at every corner. If only every summer day could be this magical!
JAWS Northern New England: We had our first Northern New England regional meeting in Concord this past month. Eleven women attended, and we signed up four new members. It was a lovely evening with a nice mix of ages and professional backgrounds. We look forward to hosting more events soon, including some in Maine and Vermont. Anyone interested in joining us should contact Meg Heckman. JAWdesses in town to cover the NH primary are welcome!
JAWS NYC: About 15 women enjoyed a warm June evening on the terrace of member Lori Sokolâ€™s fabulous apartment on Manhattanâ€™s Upper West Side. We talked about all kinds of issues and struggles â€“ many of us are in the process of â€œreinventingâ€ ourselves; some changing from beat reporting to academia or management; others moving between platforms or taking on new skill sets. These discussions were also great opportunities to talk about CAMP. There were also some new faces â€“ hopefully soon-to-be new members. And you couldnâ€™t beat the view.