Please enjoy the latest JAWS newsletter

A Letter From the President

By Katherine Ann Rowlands, JAWS president
The JAWS Board of Directors took time recently to review the organization's core values as a way to reaffirm the principles we value as an organization.
I found it inspiring to think about the strength of our collective purpose and to look back on all the careers that have been launched, sustained and propelled by the JAWS network during the last three decades. And then to imagine all the additional women in journalism we will be able to serve with a stronger, bigger and more ambitious organization going forward was even more exciting.
Rather than keep that to myself, I would like to share with all of you the language we came up with to express our values, both for our internal use to guide our future growth and for our friends, supporters and future partners outside of JAWS who may want to join our efforts.
As always, I welcome your feedback -- and encourage you to share JAWS with others during this month as we process 2013 membership renewals before the March 31 deadline and reach out to new members.

MISSION: JAWS supports the professional empowerment and personal growth of women in journalism and works toward a more accurate portrayal of the whole society.

WHAT WE DOJournalism & Women Symposium is a national organization focused on the advancement of women in the field of journalism through training, mentoring and networking. Founded in 1984, JAWS now has more than 600 writers, editors, photographers, web producers, radio reporters, multimedia journalists, videographers and journalism professors who gather for an annual conference, regional training workshops and networking events. Members also engage online through a vibrant listserv for discussions about women in journalism, job leads and career advice. We are just out of college and we are in our seventh decade, valuing the strength that comes with a membership diverse in age, race, geography and professional pursuits. Membership is open to women who are employed by a newspaper, news service, television or radio station, syndicate, magazine or website; full-time freelancers in one of these areas; or professors of journalism at the college level or students of journalism at the college level or above. JAWS is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt nonprofit organization.


Journalism & Women Symposium empowers female journalists to succeed in their careers by providing training, networking, mentoring and professional support. By more equitably filling newsroom positionspursuing entrepreneurial ventures and holding leadership roles in journalism, we work toward a more accurate portrayal of the whole society. Journalism & Women Symposium offers a platform from which women may lead an ongoing transformation and revolution.


  1. Engaging, meaningful journalism
  2. Equality for women
  3. Camaraderie
  4. Mentoring
  5. Journalistic integrity
  6. Leadership
  7. Diversity
  8. Mutual respect
  9. Reinvention
  10. Fun


  • Supporting women who practice journalism that educates, engages and empowers civil society.
  • Embracing diversity in all its aspects in our organization, our profession and society.
  • Teaching the skills we need to succeed in a changing industry.  
  • Advancing women through mentoring and professional support as a way to share knowledge and encourage new generations of women journalists.


The Journalism & Women Symposium brings together women journalists and journalism educators and researchers to meet in an atmosphere of mutual support, professional growth and utter freedom of expression. We celebrate the diversity of our profession and of our membership. As the public hopes to be increasingly well served by media diversification – print and broadcast, digital and online – so JAWS is enriched by the participation of women of many ages, races, cultures and journalism disciplines. Through its programming, fellowships and membership outreach, JAWS seeks to further expand journalism’s faces and voices.

I hope you are as inspired by this as I am.

Updates from the Web Team

By Lauren M. Whaley, JAWS board member
In an effort to get more amazing content on the JAWS website (and in an effort to make sure our members know their board of directors), we're going to have a board member write a blog post each month. This will be a book review, a Q and A, a diary entry, a poem, anything!

Lisen Stromberg is starting us off with a book review of JAWdess Helaine Olen's Pound Foolish: Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry.

Happy Reading!

I make it happen. I support JAWS. 

Your gift, large or small, makes a difference. Thank you for your support and help as JAWS works to advance women in journalism and promote a more accurate portrayal of our society.
Board Member Blog: A Bill of Goods
By Lisen Stromberg, JAWS board member

I graduated from college as President Ronald Reagan was successfully convincing the country “trickle-down economics” would benefit everyone. Michael Douglas was busy telling the world, “Greed is Good,” Donald Trump was explaining to us the art of the deal, and Ivan Boesky was laughing at us from the cover of Time. The runaway train of deregulation was just beginning to hit the tracks and unfettered capitalism was the driver of the day. Underneath it all was the collective belief that our individual effort, skill and talent would propel each of us forward. The cult of American Individualism insinuated if you weren’t rich, well that was your fault and no one else’s.Well, it’s been 25 years and now we are living with the consequences of that entrenched belief system.

For many of us, the living ain’t easy.


*President-Elect Wins Award
JAWS board member and President-Elect Lauren M. Whaley was part of a team that won a finalist honor in the Scripps-Howard Awards and a second place award from the national AHCJ competition. The project was about mental illness and access to care. She contributed two multimedia pieces and a 12-portrait photography essay called "Faces of Mental Illness."

*Former JAWS President Has a First
Former JAWS President Megan Kamerick recently had a first: A national radio story. She produced most of an episode of LatinoUSA on addiction in New Mexico.

*Former Prez Makes Move
Former JAWS President Jodi Enda is now the senior writer/editor for the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism, based in Washington, D.C.  A former White House and political reporter, Enda will be working on major studies that aim to shed light on the changing world of journalism.

*Longtime JAWS Member Awarded Grant
Carol Guensburg has co-founded American Food Roots, a new online magazine of food and culture. AFR has won a McCormick Foundation grant for new women media entrepreneurs. Guensburg also is an editor for Scripps Howard News Service in Washington, D.C. 

Exciting news to share? Email your brief, one-line SharkByte to We reserve the right to edit for space.

CAMP Update

By Sandra Fish, JAWS board member

We're gearing up for another track of digital learning for JAWS CAMP 2013. We'll start with one-on-one tutorials Friday afternoon, matching trainers and trainees on topics of your choosing. On Saturday, we're planning tech talks on LinkedIn, Tableau, online advertising, troll management and more. 

If you're interested in helping out with one-on-one tutorials or other digital sessions, contact Fish at

Dig in Vermont 

By Kimberly Johnson, JAWS board member

It’s not too early to start whetting your palate for the bounty of extracurricular activities surrounding our 2013 Camp at The Essex Culinary Resort & Spa near Burlington, Vt., Oct 24-27. Anxious to learn more about Vermont’s food culture?
Check out Dig In Vermont’s Culinary Trails for suggested side trips exploring the state’s cheese, maple and wine traditions.

Chicago JAWS Meets Up

Chicago JAWS members lunch with past president Amy Resnick on her recent visit to the Windy City. 
Top row from left: Nancy Day, Resnick, Susy Schultz, Sheila Solomon. Bottom row from left: Teresa Puente, Cindy Richards, Michele Weldon.

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