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June 22, 2015
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Visit the national listserv

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.

Bay Area

Sign up for the Bay Area regional listserv.


Sign up for the Boston regional listserv.


Date: June 25
Time: 6 p.m.
Details: Happy hour
Location: Haymarket Pub and Brewery (737 W. Randolph St.)
Contact: Email Alejandra Cancino or Dannie Mahoney.
Join the Chicago Facebook page.


Date: July 10
Time: 7 p.m.
Details: Meeting with the Online News Association, Denver Meetup group to discuss favorite apps.
Location: Denver Press Club (1330 Glenarm Pl.)
Contact: RSVP on Meetup or email Sandra Fish.


Date: July 19
Details: JAWS operations director Roxanne Foster is coming out from Denver for the weekend.
Location: Home of Linda Kramer Jenning (6100 Edgewood Ter., Alexandria)
Contact: Email Linda Kramer Jenning.
Sign up for the D.C. regional listserv.


Contact the regional captain. Join the Frederick Facebook group.

Northern New England

Contact the regional captain.


Sign up for the NYC regional listserv or join the Facebook group.

Seattle, Washington

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

Southern California

Date: July 7
Time: 6 to 9 p.m.
Details: Summer Mega Mixer with the Society of Professional Journalists; the Asian American Journalists Association, Los Angeles; the Online News Association, Los Angeles Meetup group and other local journalists.
Location: Molly Malone’s Irish Pub (575 S. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles)
Contact: RSVP no later than July 1 to
Sign up for the Southern California regional listserv. Connect on Facebook.

South Florida

Contact the regional captain to suggest an event.

Twin Cities

Contact the regional captain to suggest an event. Join the new 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 Liz Seegert, 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.

Published books

Have you published a book lately? We want to include your book on Send details to so we can promote your work and support JAWS at the same time (some proceeds from Amazon support the organization).

Call for JAWS Auction items

Money from the auction at CAMP goes to the JAWS general fund and helps to underwrite JAWS operations. It’s a fun way to donate to JAWS.

An online auction will launch before the start of CAMP and close during the annual conference. Here you can bid for stays at vacation homes and big-ticket items. A silent auction during CAMP features everything from silver bracelets to media company swag. You can bid on items ranging from date-night dinners in your city to one-on-one personal coaching sessions from members of the JAWS board or others.

Since this is the 30th anniversary, we will be asking you to donate JAWS memorabilia.

What can you do right now to help? If you have a vacation rental or want to donate a weekend in your urban condo or apartment, shoot an email to Pamela Moreland, chair of the Development Committee, or Development Director Kat Rowlands.

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 are already planning to attend an upcoming journalism conference, please email Development Director Kat Rowlands so she can arm you with cards, pins and information and perhaps coordinate a JAWdess gathering at the conference.

Upcoming conferences are:
  • Public Radio News Directors Inc., June 24-27 in Salt Lake City
  • Journalism Education Association, July 6-9 in Las Vegas
  • Native American Journalists Association, July 9-11 in Washington, D.C.
  • Association of Alternative Newsmedia, July 15-17 in Salt Lake City
  • American Agricultural Editors Association, July 25-29 in Scottsdale, Ariz.
  • National Association of Black Journalists, Aug. 5-9 in Minneapolis
  • Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Aug. 6-9 in San Francisco
  • Asian American Journalists Association, Aug. 12-15 in San Francisco
  • National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association, Sept. 3-6 in San Francisco
  • National Federation of Press Women, Sept. 10-12 in Anchorage, Alaska
  • National Association of Hispanic Journalists/Radio Television Digital News Association/Society of Professional Journalists, Sept. 18-20 in Orlando, Fla.
  • Online News Association, Sept. 24-26 in Los Angeles
  • LION Summit, Oct. 1-3 in Chicago
  • National Newspaper Association, Oct. 1-3 in St. Charles, Mo.
  • Society of Environmental Journalists, Oct. 7-11 in Norman, Okla.
  • National Association of Science Writers, Oct. 9-13 in Cambridge, Mass.
  • American Society of News Editors, Oct. 16-18 in Palo Alto, Calif.
  • Associated Collegiate Press fall “National College Media Convention,” Oct. 28-Nov. 1 in Austin, Texas
  • Journalism Education Association, Nov. 12-15 in Orlando, Fla.
  • Association of Opinion Journalists Minority Writers Seminar, Nov. 12-15, St. Petersburg, Fla.
  • Association of Opinion Journalists Symposium, Nov. 14-15, St.  Petersburg, Fla.


*Lily Casura was awarded a $19,500 grant by the International Women’s Media Foundation to complete a multimedia project examining homeless female veterans in the U.S.

*Mary C. Curtis facilitated a panel at W.K. Kellogg America Healing Conference on Healing Relationships between Police and Communities of Color. She recently appeared on MSNBC and spoke in Germany at the Friedrich Ebert Foundation on “Barack Obama, Ferguson and Baltimore — The end of the post-racial America illusion?”

*Linda Deutsch will receive the 2015 Courage in Journalism and Lifetime Achievement Award winner from the International Women’s Media Foundation.

*Melissa Ludtke recently published the iBook “Abandoned Baby,” the first of six iBooks in the series “Touching Home in China.”

*Merrill Perlman will receive the Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism.

*Shondiin Silversmith won first place for Best Feature Story about her hometown Toyei, Ariz., published in the Navajo Times. She also received third place for Best Beat Reporting in Arts and Entertainment. Silversmith received both awards from the Native American Journalists Association.

*Miranda Spivack has been named the first nonresidential fellow in Marquette University’s O’Brien Fellowship for Public Service Journalism and will work on a project about the rise in state and local government secrecy around the U.S. She also has been honored with a grant from the Fund for Investigative Journalism for this project.

*Edie Lederer was chosen by UN Women to be a “Champion for Gender Equality” for the media.

*Amy Resnick was named editor of Pensions & Investments.

*The Villages Daily Sun has promoted two JAWS members into management positions. Katie Sartoris is now associate managing editor for projects and Jill Winters is now associate managing editor for broadcast.

*Shoshana Walter was recognized with the Livingston Award for excellence in national reporting along with Ryan Gabrielson for The Center for Investigative Reporting’s “Hired Guns” series on lax regulation and training for armed security guards.

*Sarah D. Wire recently completed the National Press Foundation’s Paul Miller Washington Reporting Fellowship. The nine-month program is a primer on covering federal agencies and institutions through a series of daylong seminars.

*Stephanie Woodard received five awards from the Native American Journalists Association for print and online features and news pieces, mostly on Native voting rights, in the group's Associate (non-Native contributor) category.
Have news to share? Send to Connie K. Ho for the next issue. We reserve the right to edit for space.
Board of Directors
Linda Kramer Jenning,
Sandra Fish,
Susy Schultz,
  Vice President
Amy Resnick,
Sheila Solomon,
Angela Greiling Keane
Justine Griffin
Liz Seegert
Gina Setser
Erin Siegal McIntyre
Judy Miller
Pamela Moreland
Donna Myrow
Merrill Perlman
Hilary Powell
Kira Zalan

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

Stell Simonton,
  Atlanta, Georgia
Emily Beaver, 
  Bay Area, California
Karen Cheung-Larivee, 
  Boston, Massachusetts
Alejandra Cancino and Dannie Mahoney, 

Sandra Fish, 
  Denver, Colorado
Deirdre Bannon, Jennifer DePaul and Lisa Gillespie,
  District of Columbia
Stephanie Yamkovenko, 
  Frederick, Maryland
Solmaz Sharif, 
  New York City
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
Diana B. Henriques
Geneva Overholser
Lisa Stone

In Memoriam
Dori Maynard

Justine Griffin and Merrill Perlman, 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: A safe place to share

By Linda Kramer Jenning, JAWS President

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 wasn’t particularly torrid. We always seemed to work different shifts (the joys of the AP’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 can’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 I’m not a scientist) when he said: “Let 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.”

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 “is certainly not an old dinosaur. He just says silly things now and again.”

For me, there are several take-aways.

  1. Yes, sometimes there is romance in the workplace. I didn’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.
  2. Crying in front of others is not a great career strategy. There’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, don’t apologize. A man wouldn’t.
  3. At least Pat Schroeder had her “moment” before today’s social media existed. The gleeful Twitter takedown of Tim Hunt raises questions about fairness and balance. But even “silly things” 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 person’s position, even if he or she would insist later that it was just a “silly thing?” What if it’s a co-worker, someone you supervise or an acquaintance — 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.

—Linda Kramer Jenning

Operations Director Corner

By Roxanne Foster, JAWS Operations Director

Please join me in welcoming these newest members:
Jill Cornfield (@jillcornfield)
Claritza Jiménez (@ClaritzaJimenez)
Kitty Lindsay (@KittyLindsayLA)
Sarah Hoenicke (@astoriajane)
Eren Goknar
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)
Xiomara Martinez-White
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! 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. 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

“Little hinges open big doors,” 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 “Undivided: A Muslim Daughter, Her Christian Mother and Their Path to Peace.” It is Raybon’s fifth book.

Their collaboration has been featured on The Today Show, the Tavis Smiley Show and more.

In talking about her career – from reporter and editor at the Denver Post to journalism professor at the University of Colorado Boulder to book author – 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?

We’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 I’m particularly excited about.

Oct. 9

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? We’ve got a two-hour book camp with publishing experts to help guide you.

That night, we’ll party like it’s 1985 — in honor of our first CAMP gathering — with an ’80s-themed networking hour.

Oct. 10

Among the variety of panels we’re offering Saturday will be a group of journalism educators discussing the challenge of teaching core journalism principles in a multiplatform digital environment.

We’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.

Oct. 11

Sunday morning, Mary Curtis and Jill Geisler will lead “Not on My Watch,” 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, we’re working on a special discussion during our annual Wine and Whine event — more details to come on that soon.

Don’t forget to register now for the discounted rate and to take advantage of the airfare deals we’ve set up.

I’m looking forward to seeing you there!

Introducing the fellowship winners

Congratulations to our fellowship winners this year!

Diversity Fellow
Charisse Gibson

Entreprenurial Fellow
Claritza Jiménez

Next Step Fellow
E.J. Graff

Emerging Journalists Fellows
Madi Alexander
Deirdre Bannon
Bethany Barnes
Melissa Batchelor Warnke
Nicole Chavez
Cassie Cope
Kirstin Garriss
Lisa Maria Garza
Casey Hynes
Camila Ososrio

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? You’re in luck! We’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 we’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. It’s been wildly successful, with more than 100 members matched as mentors or mentees. We’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 they’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. We’ll recruit volunteers to identify pairs for the weekend, but the coordinator needs to oversee the project.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Thank 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 members’ 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 by July 1. Members are free to submit their own names or those of others.

For more information about board members’ 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)
  • 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.
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.

A rideshare sign-up sheet is available for those looking to carpool together to the CAMP site.

June BoardBytes

By Sheila Solomon, JAWS Secretary

  1. New operations director Roxanne Foster says she loves interacting with new members.
  2. Join our crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for JAWS Emerging Fellows.
  3. Don’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 airline’s promo codes and book online. Pam Moreland lined up a dedicated travel agent at Liberty for people who want to go that route.
Visit the members-only site and log in to view full board minutes.

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.
That’s why we hope to commemorate 30 years of JAWS history with a modest cookbook — 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 it’s about some taste that’s indelibly linked to an assignment or a dish that you’ve brought to a JAWS gathering. No recipe? No problem. Tell a JAWS food story; we might even find a recipe to match.
We’ll also feature a few stories/recipes involving earlier journalists who’ve brought honor to our craft, from muckraker Ida Tarbell to first lady Eleanor Roosevelt to food writer Clementine Paddleford to “first lady of the black press” Ethel Payne.
As for the recipe(s), we’ll follow conventions:
  • Credit the recipe source if the dish/drink isn’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 don’t want to waste precious time or ingredients.
Here’s a sample from the JAWS website.
This is a collective effort. Please contact project directors Carol Guensburg and Jane Marshall if you’d like to help with editing, copy editing, recipe testing, photography, illustration or design.
We’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 Baskin’s breathtaking home on the bank of Jackson Lake in Manassas, Va. In addition to boat rides by Capt. Jim (Roberta’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 Sokol’s fabulous apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. We talked about all kinds of issues and struggles – many of us are in the process of “reinventing” 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 – hopefully soon-to-be new members. And you couldn’t beat the view.

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