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JULY 25, 2014
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JAWS Frederick

Date: Aug. 23
Details: The JAWS Frederick regional group is partnering with award-winning lifestyle photographer Mary Kate McKenna to offer mini-sessions for members. We’ve secured a huge discount (80 percent off her usual rate!) for the sessions. Don’t miss this opportunity!
Time: You can reserve a time here.
Location: Meridian Hill Park, 2400 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C. Meet at the bottom of the main/huge fountain.
Join the Frederick Facebook group.


Sign up for the NYC regional listserv.

JAWS Southern California

Sign up for the Southern California regional listserv. Connect on Facebook.

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 Connie K. Ho.

Going to any conferences this summer?

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 Interim Operations Director Adrienne Lawrence so she can arm you with cards and information and perhaps help you coordinate a JAWdess gathering at the conference.

Upcoming conferences are:


*Joanne Bamberger was selected as one of the 40 Women To Watch Over 40 by Forty Over 40 (women who are reinventing, disrupting and make an impact) for 2014.

*Mary C. Curtis won first place in the category for Online, Blog and Multimedia Columns with over 100,000 Monthly Unique Visitors at the National Society of Newspaper Columnists annual awards ceremony in June.

*At the 2013 JAWS auction, Nancy Day (at right) had the highest bid for a stay in Santa Fe at the home of Julie Dunlap (at left) and her wife, Paula. When she moved to Santa Fe, Julie embarked on a new career as a landscape designer and “coach”; here’s part of her beautiful garden.

*Betty Medsger’s book, “The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI,” which was published in January by Knopf, will be published in paperback by Vintage Books in November.

*Diane Schmidt won the first place award for enterprise reporting from The National Federation of Press Women for her articles in the Gallup Independent.

*Erin Siegal McIntyre won awards for feature photography, long form feature writing, in-depth/explanatory reporting, graphic design/artwork journalism and Freelancer of the Year at the Freelance Journalism Awards. She also won the category for Best Magazine Feature and Best News or Feature Series (any subject) in Radio at the Society of Professional Journalists San Diego chapter’s annual contest.

*Megan Sweas’ first book, “Putting Education to Work: How Cristo Rey High Schools are Transforming Urban Education,” will be published by HarperOne in August.

*Sarah D. Wire was selected to be a 2014-2015 Paul Miller Washington Reporting Fellow with the National Press Foundation.
Have news to share? Send to Connie K. Ho for the next issue. We reserve the right to edit for space.
Board of Directors
Lauren M. Whaley,
Susy Schultz,
  Vice President
Nancy Day,
  Deputy Vice President
Amy Resnick,
Rachel Louise Snyder,
Karen Cheung-Larivee
Jennifer DePaul
Judy Miller
Donna Myrow
Sarah Pollock
Hilary Powell
Erin Siegal McIntyre
Lisen Stromberg
Kira Zalan

Regional Captains
Megan Kamerick and Gwyneth Doland, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Emily Beaver, Bay Area, California
Karen Cheung-Larivee, Boston, Massachusetts
Nancy Day, Chicago, Illinois
Sandra Fish, Denver, Colorado
Jennifer DePaul, District of Columbia
Linda Kramer Jenning, District of Columbia
Stephanie Yamkovenko, Frederick, Maryland
Solmaz Sharif, New York City
Susanna Ray, Seattle, Washington
Megan Sweas, Southern California

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

Karen Cheung-Larivee, Communications Chairwoman
Merrill Perlman, Copy Editor

Adrienne Lawrence, Interim Operations and CAMP Director
Kat Rowlands, Interim Development Director
Ankita Rao, Social Media Manager
Connie K. Ho, Website Manager

President’s letter: Empowering women journalists

By Lauren M. Whaley, JAWS President 

Dear JAWdesses:

If ever you doubted the power of our mission to empower women journalists, just take a look at the results of our JAWS crowdfunding campaign to support the 10 Emerging Journalist fellowship winners coming to CAMP this year. Not only did we surpass our goal of raising an incredible $12,000 through more than 200 small donations, we also garnered attention from hundreds of new supporters, who saw the tweets, posts and emails about these impressive emerging journalists and our Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) this year.

Remarkably, we had over 80 applicants for 10 spots — a record response for JAWS and double the number from last year.

And we have three more fellowships to offer yet: the Diversity Fellowship sponsored by the Financial Times, and the mid-career fellowship and the Entrepreneurial Fellowship, sponsored by private donors.

Incredible! And so gratifying!

The success of our fellowship efforts tells me that JAWS is needed now more than ever.

Women journalists are craving support, community and expertise of learning from one another. It is 2014, and we are still battling. Battling for equal pay. Battling for equal treatment. Battling for equal byline counts. And we’re also forging a new path in our changing field. It’s an exciting time to be a journalist. And an exciting time to be a JAWS member.

One of the amazing fellowship winners tweeted to a board member:

As soon as I found out I was a fellow, I jumped up and down and cry-laughed in my living room.

These journalists really want to be a part of JAWS. And JAWS is fortunate to have them join our ranks so we can expand the circle of women who are committed to helping one another tell great stories, improve their skills and make a difference in the world.

These are journalists covering religion, transgender issues, Native American issues and immigration. They live in the U.S. and abroad, reporting on under-represented border communities, statehouses and the Middle East. They are reporting for television, radio, newspapers and online. They are investigative reporters and multimedia journalists. And they decided that JAWS is where they want to be.

This is what JAWS is all about for me: Bringing in new women who seek the community that welcomed each of us so warmly into its ranks when we each joined. For me, it was as a fellow in 2010 at the recommendation of longtime JAWdess K.C. Cole. For others, it was at a small gathering in Estes Park. And for others, it was through word of mouth as stories were passed along about the battles fought by members such as those who sued The New York Times for gender bias — and won.

The strength of JAWS is how we bring together women of all ages, geographies, ethnicities and genres to support one another as our industry continues to change. What an opportunity we have to mentor each other. What an opportunity we have to shape our industry.

At CAMP this year, we’ll hear from longtime JAWdess and former board member Peg Simpson at our Legacy Luncheon. She will talk about the lives and careers of the women whom the Legacy project honors, including Kay Mills, Eileen Shanahan and Joan Riddell Cook.

We will also have a chance to listen to a lively conversation between Edith Lederer and Linda Deutsch. Edie has reported on all but one continent for the AP and is senior diplomatic correspondent based at the United Nations in New York. Linda has reported on pretty much every notorious trial from her base in Los Angeles (the Manson murders, Patty Hearst, the Exxon Valdez oil spill, Rodney King, O.J. Simpson and Michael Jackson). Both were close friends of veteran JAWS member and former AP Washington correspondent Fran Lewine. These interviews are recorded and serve as an oral history record of outstanding women in journalism.

These trailblazers have a lot to teach the newer JAWdesses, just as our fellowship winners have a lot to offer. We call it symbiosis at CAMP, when we mentor across generations. Thanks to our larger membership the last few years, we are now able to do this regularly at regional gatherings, on the listserv and even on Twitter.

Here’s what Peg Simpson had to say when I asked her about the value of JAWS:

To me, JAWS is an intergenerational resource for hundreds of journalists. You can see it on the listserv — one person asking for help with a first-time teaching gig and a half dozen JAWS veterans giving their invaluable resources: website links, names of books and pertinent articles — and all within an hour...

This is a large part of what JAWS is about: sharing our wealth of knowledge and resources, on deadline. Yes, it’s a time of upheaval in the world of media. But JAWS provides a forum for people who are just entering the field and are determined to make a difference to be able to meet up, on the listserv or in person at CAMP or at the regional meetings, with longer-term JAWS members who have a lot to offer.

This commitment to share is what makes JAWS unique.

I am proud to serve as president at a time when we’re expanding our fellowship program, engaging our mid-career members and also honoring the trailblazers who made it possible for the rest of us to pursue careers in this field.

Thank you to all those who helped make the fellowships possible with your contributions, whether through donations or mentorship. We are all so grateful!

All my best,


Register for CAMP

Early-bird rate ends July 31

By Megan Sweas, CAMP Chair

It’s time to register for CAMP!

CAMP is Oct. 31 to Nov. 2 at La Quinta Resort and Club near Palm Springs, California. October may seem far away as you’re enjoying your summer, but the deadline for early-bird registration is July 31. Register today to save on an amazing program!

The CAMP program is coming together. We want to draw your attention to two in-depth pre-CAMP trainings on Thursday, Oct. 30:

  • The American Copy Editors Society (ACES) is bringing back its popular Editing Boot Camp, led by JAWS members Merrill Perlman and Teresa Schmedding. Merrill is a former New York Times editor, who now teaches writers and editors how to make their copy cleaner. In addition to being a top editor at the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, Teresa is president of ACES. They are two of the top editors in the country.
  • We also have lined up two of the very best reporters to lead the Investigative Reporting Revealed pre-CAMP training. Jennifer LaFleur is an award-winning reporter with The Center for Investigative Reporting and a former training director with Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE). Rosemary Armao, a professor at University of Albany, is a former executive director of IRE. They have recruited board member Susy Schultz and JAWS member Maud Beelman to share their expertise.

You’ll get a chance to learn from and mingle with these and many other top women journalists all weekend long. So come early for a pre-CAMP training on Oct. 30 and stay late for Whine and Wine on Sunday night.

Don’t forget to set aside some of your snazzy collectibles for the JAWS silent auction at CAMP. Nothing is too small. As long as you have cherished it but want to give it a new home, that’s enough for us! More to come about the second annual online auction for big-ticket items.

Be sure to register for CAMP by July 31 for the best rate.

Come early and join the all-day Investigative Training on the Thursday before CAMP. Registration for this event is separate from CAMP registration.

Staying at La Quinta Resort and Club for CAMP

Book before Sept. 30 for special rate

The 2014 Conference and Mentoring Project will be packed with practical and inspiring sessions, all held in a beautiful resort near Palm Springs, California, known as Hollywood’s playground.

The La Quinta Resort and Club is one of the original getaways for Hollywood’s stars. If you hear typing late into the night from the room next door, it might not be a fellow JAWdess, but the ghost of Frank Capra writing the script for “It’s a Wonderful Life.” (Yes, he wrote it in one of the suites at the resort.)

Rooms at the resort are separate from registration. Click here to book your room at the special JAWS rate of $149 a night. Rooms must be booked by Sept. 30, 2014, to secure this special rate.

Want to visit the spa? We suggest booking in advance and you’ll receive a 10 percent discount (Spa Pricing). When you call, just mention that you are with JAWS.

Come early on the Thursday before CAMP and join the American Copy Editors Society (ACES) for an Editing Boot Camp. JAWS members get a discounted rate: $90 per ACES/JAWS member and $150 per nonmember. Registration for this event is separate from CAMP registration. For details and to register, visit ACES’ website.

Emerging Journalist fellowship awards

Congratulations to our 2014 Emerging Journalist Fellows, who will be attending the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) in Palm Springs, California, from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2.

Lindsey Anderson is a reporter for the Las Cruces Sun-News in southern New Mexico, where she covers education, immigration and regional issues.

Georgia Dawkins is a senior producer at KSLA News 12 in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Catherine Green is the deputy editor of the Voice of San Diego, where she oversees daily operations.

Laura Jaramillo is a producer for Efecto Naím, a newsmagazine show broadcast throughout Latin America.

Caitlin Yoshiko Kandil writes about social and political issues for the Metro, a weekly newspaper in Silicon Valley.

Elaine Rita Mendus is a correspondent for MásWired, Politic365 and eSports Haven and has had bylines in AutoStraddle and News Taco.

Nicole Raz is an on-air radio reporter in Washington, D.C.

Shondiin Silversmith is a Native American reporter at the Navajo Times.

Emmilyne Victor is a recent graduate of Howard University, where she served as the campus editor of the student newspaper, The Hilltop.

Marina Villanueve covers the Maine statehouse as an investigative reporting fellow for the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting.

Read more here.

Crowdfunding campaign success

Congratulations to the amazing Emerging Journalist fellowship recipients! Together, they’ve raised just over $3,000 â€” bringing the grand total for this year's crowdfunding campaign to (drumroll, please) $13,173. That money came from more than 200 donors across the U.S. and beyond, who believe in the work JAWS does to promote media diversity now and in the future.

Thank you to the fellows and to everyone who donated money or shared a link to the fundraising page. Your generosity (and social media prowess) is amazing and humbling.

Read more here.

Regional gathering recap

JAWS Bay Area: Bay Area JAWdesses welcomed colleagues visiting San Francisco for the Investigative Reporters and Editors conference with a reception at JAWS Board Member Lisen Stromberg’s home on June 26. They enjoyed wine, cheese and great conversation — from women re-entering the workforce to new models for journalism in the digital era.

Member blog post

Closing journalism’s gender gap, a forum on women and leadership

By Sarah D. Wire, JAWS Member

At least a dozen JAWS members joined colleagues discussing ways to help more women achieve leadership positions in journalism Monday, June 30, at the National Press Club. The event, sponsored by the National Press Club Journalism Institute and The Poynter Institute, is available here.

Jill Geisler, senior faculty for Poynter’s leadership and management division, and Kelly McBride, Poynter’s vice president of academic programs, moderated the discussion. On the panel were New York Times Washington bureau chief Carolyn Ryan, National Geographic editor in chief Susan Goldberg, NPR News executive editor Madhulika Sikka, Politico managing editor Rachel Smolkin and McClatchy Newspapers vice president of news Anders Gyllenhaal.

McBride began by leading the audience through several statistics, including that only four women serve as editors in chief of the 25 largest dailies in the U.S. and only one of the top 25 papers has a female publisher.

The American Society of News Editors’ publication, The Bulletin, reported that, in 1982, women made up 10 percent of leadership positions at newspapers. A University of Denver study titled “Benchmarking Women’s Leadership” found that, in 2012, women made up 19 percent of newspaper leadership positions, 22 percent of television leadership positions and 55 percent of social media leadership positions.

Read more and view more photos.

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