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Join the first annual JAWS Summer Potluck Party
Sunday, June 30, at 5:30 p.m.
Lisen Stromberg's House
1 Norwood Heights, Gloucester, MA
Parking is limited. Carpooling encouraged. 
Please RSVP


The inaugural First Tuesday gathering of New York-area JAWdesses on June 4 was a smashing success. We had about two dozen join the happy hour at the Old Town Bar near Union Square. Among them: 10 new members who signed up that night! Plans are already in motion for next month's gathering, which will be held on the Second Tuesday due to the Fourth of July holiday. My hometown rocks! —Andrea Stone


*Michele Weldon, author, assistant professor at The Medill School, Northwestern, and director of Northwestern Public Voices Fellowship, just received a grant from McCormick Foundation for The OpEd Project to launch a program she created, Youth Narrating Our World. 

*Megan Kamerick hit the trifecta in the SPJ Region 9 awards: General broadcast excellence in TV, second place in radio features, and first place for breaking news in print.

*Kimberly Voss earned a Scholar’s Grant from the Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance to study Chicago Tribune Food Editor Ruth Ellen Church (Mary Meade).

*At the National ACEs Summit in Philadelphia, the Scattergood Foundation presented Jane Stevens with the Scattergood Journalism Award for her work on ACEsTooHigh and ACEsConnection.

*Lisa Shepard is just ending a fantastic year as a visiting professor at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, in its journalism department. She's moving back to D.C. to look for jobs but ideally would like to find a job in Kabul to be near her love interest.  

*Mary C. Curtis, Charlotte, N.C.-based multimedia journalist, has won two Green Eyeshade Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, covering 11 Southeastern states: second place in serious commentary and politics reporting, online, for work in The Washington Post and the

*Kylie Sobel just joined The Economist Group as Project Manager.  She's working on the Economist Intelligence Unit's Thought Leadership projects and crafting new multimedia.

*Lily Casura opened her own business, helping clients who want to have a larger footprint in the world with their PR and social media needs.
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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

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
Renew Membership

President's Letter 

By Katherine Ann Rowlands, JAWS President

June is a month full of ceremonies: graduations, celebrations, new commitments and awards. Facebook and Twitter are bursting with proud photos as friends and colleagues mark important occasions, and I did the same to document my son’s graduation from high school, my 25th year college reunion, the wedding of a friend’s daughter and the acknowledgement of exceptional work by high school journalists in a contest sponsored by my company.

It is also a month of notable achievements for JAWS so I hope you will all celebrate with me to note these milestones:

  • At deadline, we had received a record 43 applications from early-career journalists competing for 10 spots in our fellowship program to CAMP. As an organization, JAWS is committing $5,000 toward this program and the board hopes that you will help us match that amount to fully fund the winners for their travel, accommodation and registration costs. Each year, we bring talented and aspiring journalists to CAMP so they can get the best possible boost to their careers through the unique mentoring, networking, training and support offered by JAWS. We will announce the winners next month.
  • We are publishing a comprehensive Annual Report this year to document the tremendous growth of Journalism & Women Symposium in 2012 and tell our stakeholders, including members, friends and donors, about why the JAWS mission is so crucial. With 650 members, a budget of more than $200,000 and an impressive track record of successful conferences, we have a lot to celebrate. Look for the Annual Report in your mailboxes soon and spread the word to your circle of influence so that we can add members, enlist supporters and reach out to donors who believe, as we do, that more women in journalism will help media more accurately represent society. Building our fundraising base through member support has been important, but we want to spread the word to others as well.
  • The nominating committee of the JAWS board is beginning to review candidates to serve on the next board when the terms of six current members expire. We need women to fill the roles of vice president, deputy vice president, treasurer and at least three general board members. Criteria are listed on our website. Please contact me or President-elect Lauren Whaley before the end of June if you are interested in serving in this leadership role. The new slate will be announced in July in anticipation of the election at CAMP in October.
  • To build on the institutional knowledge of the board and create more continuity, members will be asked at CAMP in October to amend the JAWS bylaws so that board members can be re-elected. Board members are currently prohibited from serving consecutive terms, resulting in turnover that is slowing our momentum in membership, programming and fundraising. We will still put an emphasis on bringing new members to the board, which has a minimum of 11 and no maximum, but creating the opportunity for some to be elected for more than a single two-year term will help us mature as an organization. The proposed changes will be sent to all members prior to CAMP, when we vote.

Enjoy your summer! â€”Kat

Give the Gift of JAWS

Do you know a woman graduating and ready to start her career in journalism?  Need the perfect gift to launch her on her way?  Give her JAWS!

A gift membership is the perfect way to help a graduate jump start a career. She’ll be part of the listserv and connected to some of the top women in journalism as she looks for a job or advice on building her professional profile. She’ll have access to the membership side of the website and receive notices about regional gatherings of JAWS members. It’s easy. Send an email to Becky Day, and let her know you want a gift membership.  She’ll take it from there.

P.S.  A JAWS gift membership is a great birthday gift, too!

Board Member Blog

Being Part of – and Apart From – ‘Leaning In'
By Mary C. Curtis, JAWS board member


This has been the year of Sheryl Sandberg and “leaning in,” and, of course, the Journalism & Women Symposium would be in the middle of this timely debate. It’s part of our JAWS mission, after all. And it’s not as though we haven’t been posing similar questions for quite a while.

As I asked in a column in The Washington Post, “Is the manifesto about women not doing enough or trying to do too much? Will busy working women be able to spare the time to see its lessons as valuable rather than additions to already crowded to-do lists? If women feel guilty about shortchanging home or work, is that really Sandberg’s fault?” Read more... 

Fund a Fellow

Make a donation to the JAWS Fellowships.

We received a record 43 applications this year from emerging journalists who want to be part of our fellowship program at CAMP, which will be held Oct. 25-27 in Vermont.

Do you know that JAWS fellows have gone on to careers as photographers, reporters, editors and producers? They’re working at places like U.S.News & World Report, the Chicago Tribune, PBS, National Geographic, LinkedIn and The Washington Post. They’ve taken that JAWS CAMP experience and built a future for themselves and moved the needle ahead for women in journalism.

JAWS is once again committing to support 10 women who are selected from this outstanding group of applicants for three full days of networking, training and mentoring at our annual Conference and Mentoring Project. But we need your help.

Your tax-deductible donation means a lot to these next-generation trailblazers.
  • Just $50 helps cover hosting a fellowship winner for our keynote dinner event with Jill Abramson.
  • Just $150 pays for a shared hotel room for two nights.
  • A $345 donation covers registration for a three-day weekend of training on visual storytelling, healthcare reporting, food policy politics, data reporting and funding your dream journalism project.
  • A $1,000 donation pays for the full travel, registration and accommodation costs for one fellowship winner.
Thanks in advance for your support. Every donation helps women in journalism continue to grow and thrive.

Advisor Update

Advisory Board member Dori Maynard reports some exciting momentum using social media this year for projects sponsored by the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education.

Working with The Washington Post, the institute led by Maynard produced BrotherSpeak, a video series looking at the lives of black men through the eyes of black men, an effort to help the media give the public a more accurate and nuanced picture of all segments of our society. Twitter chats kept the conversation going after each video went live, resulting in more than 4,000 mentions and 14 million impressions, and a Google hangout kept it going on Father's Day.

"As I explained in a Ted-like talk on the project, BrotherSpeak is important to our mission because content audits continue to show that there is real gap between the news media's depiction of black men and the reality of black men," she said. "The news media coverage tends to focus on crime, sports and entertainment, well out of proportion with their actual involvement in those activities. At the same time, they are rarely seen in stories about business, politics and everyday life.

"Time Magazine's Fathers Day feature this year is a good example of that. While it has a cross section of white and Latino fathers, it does not include one African-American, Asian American or Native American father."

The Maynard Institute has four decades of experience in training media decision makers of color. Its program graduates have gone to become publishers, top editors and media entrepreneurs. Currently, Maynard is training managers at Digital First Media comprising 800 multi-platform products across 18 states in the Institute’s Fault Lines diversity framework.
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