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Sept. 24, 2015
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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: Sept. 23
Details: Radio workshop
Location: TBA
Contact: Email Alejandra Cancino.
Join the Chicago Facebook page.


Contact the regional captain to suggest an event.


Date: Nov. 4
Time: 4 p.m.
Details: JAWS DC will host a “speed-dating” event for members looking to work collaboratively to gain new skills.
Location: TBA
Contact: Email Nikki Raz.
Sign up for the D.C. regional listserv.


Contact the regional captain. Join the Frederick Facebook group.

Gulf Coast, Florida

Contact the regional captain. Join the Gulf Coast Facebook group.

Northern New England

Date: Sept. 27
Details: 4 to 6 p.m.
The Stage Restaurant and Cafe
30 Central Square, Keene, NH
Contact: Email Meg Heckman.


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: Sept. 27
Time: TBA
Details: ONA Meetup
Location: TBA
Contact: Email Megan Sweas.

Date: Nov. 14
Time: 6 p.m.
Details: Potluck
Location: Janice Rhoshalle Littlejohn's home
Contact: Email Megan Sweas.
Sign up for the Southern California regional listserv. Connect on Facebook.

South Florida

Date: Sept. 27
Time: 1 p.m.
Rachel Schallom and Kate Jacobson from the Sun Sentinel have invited us to their townhouse just north of downtown Ft. Lauderdale. They’ve got a pool and BBQ, so naturally, we’ll do a poolside BBQ potluck.
Contact: Email Meg Heckman.

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).

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 JAWS 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:
  • 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.


*Mona Gable has a feature article in the October issue of Cosmopolitan on college women and binge drinking. 

*Catherine Green started a new position as a senior associate editor for The Atlantic.

*Alexis Hauk moved to Los Angeles this past April, and in September began a job as public relations manager at a nonprofit called U.S. VETS Initiative, which helps homeless veterans with housing issues, finding jobs and get health services they need, including treatment for PTSD.

*JAWS member Lisa Krieger and colleague Paul Rogers won Columbia University’s 2015 John B. Oakes Award for Distinguished Environmental Journalism for coverage of the California drought. Their series in The San Jose Mercury News featured 98 stories, including rich narratives, interactive maps and videos.

*Laura Silver is happy to report that her book, “Knish: In Search of the Jewish Soul Food” (Brandeis University Press, 2014), took third place in the Religion Newswriters Association Religion Book of the Year awards.
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
Lottie Joiner, Jennifer DePaul and Lisa Gillespie,
  District of Columbia
Stephanie Yamkovenko, 
  Frederick, Maryland
Justine Griffin, 
  Gulf Coast, Florida
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
Mindy Marqu
és Gonzalez
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

Speak up

By Linda Kramer Jenning, JAWS President

From meeting you in person and reading posts from so many more on the listserv, I know that this is not a group of women shy about speaking up.

We recently sent out a general membership survey. This is the first one in over two years, and we need to hear from you. The survey gives you an opportunity to share what you want from JAWS, and it also seeks to gather information about our membership that will help the new board serve you better and evaluate how well we are working to fulfill our mission.

As we prepare to celebrate our 30th anniversary at CAMP, I’d like to propose a toast to each of you amazing women for choosing to join JAWS. Your membership reflects a commitment to the mission of supporting the professional empowerment and personal growth of women in journalism and working toward a more accurate portrayal of the whole society. It’s a good time to pause and reflect on why 30 years ago a group of wise women started Journalism and Women Symposium. What has changed since then – and what hasn’t changed? What are the ongoing challenges of women journalists? And what can JAWS do to help? These are questions you’ll be hearing more about before CAMP and in Montana where Nancy Day has organized a JAWS@30 panel moderated by Dawn Garcia with Margie Freivogel, Yumi Wilson and Angela Greiling Keane.

As I get ready to pass the shark tiara to Sandra Fish next month, I feel good about what we have accomplished this past year and our strength as an organization. With your responses to the membership survey and your participation in JAWS@30, you can help assure that JAWS is ready for the next 30 years.


Operations Director Corner

By Roxanne Foster, JAWS Operations Director

Please join me in welcoming these newest members:
Allison Stevens (@allisonkstevens)
Mary Diduch (@mcdiduch)
Jori Lewis (@jorilewis)
Cherie Berkley (@CherieBerkley)
Nancy Bronstein
Amanda Kuehn Carroll (@akakuehn)
Kyra Kyles (@thekylesfiles)
Karyn Marcus (@KMarc40)
S. Mitra Kalita (@mitrakalita)
Jane McDonnell (@janeONA)
Liza Gross
Lorena Garcia
Shannon Wink (@shannonawink)
Sharyn Jackson (@sharynjackson)
Helen Arase (@HelenArase)
Caroline Drees (@carolinedrees)
Dana Neuts (@SPJDana)
Rosalie Murphy (@rozmurph)
Megan Anderson
Amy O’Leary (@amyoleary)
Lam Thuy Vo (@lamthuyvo)
Stephanie Foo  (@imontheradio)
Caitlin Johnston (@cljohnst)
Kylee Cress (@kyleecress)
Lauren Rogers
Suzette Brewer (@suzette_brewer)
Mary Pember (@mapember)
Denise Roth Barber (@DeniseFTM)
Sue Horton (@suhorton)
Susanne Reber (@s_reber)
Liz Worthington (@lmitchell09)

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: Regional JAWS groups foster local interactions

By Liz Seegert, JAWS Board Member

Regional gatherings are great opportunities to discuss, experiment and learn from one another. Since only about a third of JAWS members get to Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) in any given year, the reality is that most of the interaction takes place locally.

Our regional groups host all kinds of events — from informal mixers at bars and restaurants to potlucks at members’ homes, to collaborative workshops and events with other journalism organizations like ONA, ACES and SPJ. So if there are women in your region who can’t make it to CAMP this year, how about bringing a little CAMP back to them?

JAWS CAMP offers attendees a chance to take what they’ve learned back home and share this knowledge with colleagues who were unable to come. Whether it’s a session on reporting with your smartphone, ensuring more diversity in your newsroom and stories, understanding how to report with data, or any number of other sessions, we encourage CAMP attendees to share highlights with local members. And if someone in a regional group has a particular expertise aligned with a CAMP session, why not consider a more formal presentation as a recruitment tool?

Speaking of recruitment, CAMP also provides a great opportunity for members from different regions to swap ideas about how to reach out to potential new members, or about working with other groups; to share success stories (and not so successful stories); and to think about get-togethers on a different scale (or at least at different venues).

Read more here.

Make a difference: Support JAWS with auction purchases

By Pam Moreland, JAWS Board Member

Shopping to support JAWS and its programs. It’s easy. It’s competitive. It’s fun and it’s for a good cause.

The best part is you play a part of the entire event.

Bring something to the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) for the auction. Jewelry. Media swag. Scarves. Cool tanks, Ts, and sweatshirts to complete that athleisure look. Personal services (one-on-one sessions sharing your expertise with JAWS members, their family and their friends). Gift cards. Guided tours of favorite spots in NYC, DC, ATL or LA.

Money raised through the auction goes to underwrite JAWS and its programs. Here’s how it works:

If you have an item for the auction, bring it to the auction area beginning Saturday morning. An Auction Committee volunteer can help you fill out a bidding sheet with a short description, a suggested opening bid and the right spot to display your donation.

If you want to bid on an item, just write your name and your bid on the slip. Keep a close watch on your bids, because another CAMPer may have her eye on the same item. Bidding wars are not unusual, so be prepared to bid all weekend long until the final bell rings on Sunday.

Once the auction is over, collect your items along with the bid slips so you pay for them.

Not coming to camp? No problem. Everybody — yes even CAMPers — can participate in the JAWS Online Auction. From big-ticket items, such a week at a vacation home in Sundance, Utah, to bargains on wearable tech and coaching on pitching stories, to digital and print publishers — it’s all online.

The online auction opens two weeks before CAMP and closes at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 11. Bidding on most items is open to the public, so your friends and family can join in the fun. To check out the online auction, go to Or use your cellphone or tablet to scan the adjacent QR Code and you will be taken directly to the JAWS auction site.

At CAMP or online, there are lots of ways to participate in the JAWS auction. Shopping and helping JAWS do good works. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Mentoring at CAMP

By Kira Zalan, JAWS Board Member

We are pairing mentors and mentees for the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP). Are you looking for advice on moving up in your organization, changing beats, dealing with a difficult editor, pitching an enterprise story, asking for a raise, planning a book, or deciding if grad school is right for you? Sign up for a mentor here.

Are you an editor who knows the magic formula for a good pitch? A newsroom leader who got there by navigating challenging dynamics? Are you a journalism professor who knows what tools will help a budding reporter/writer? Maybe you know everything about campaign finance, how to carve out your own beat or make a living freelancing. Sign up to be a mentor here.

We are especially looking for those who can serve as mentors at CAMP, as we have a high number of requests. Please consider contributing to the JAWS community in this way. The deadline to sign up for mentoring at CAMP is Sept. 30, but don’t wait! Sign up now.

September BoardBytes

By Sheila Solomon, JAWS Secretary

1. CAMP registration 188 and counting.
2. A big thank you to the Ford Foundation for providing the $10,000 for this year’s fellows.
3. In addition to electing some new board members, you’ll also be asked to vote on a bylaws revision.

Check out the sessions and plan your schedule on SCHED

The full Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) schedule has been released on SCHED, so you can plan your schedule via the website or mobile app. Registration for pre-conference workshops are now closed, because they are full. But you can still choose from sessions on newsroom diversity, reporting on sexual assault, digital tools, mobile storytelling and freelancing.

A quick preview:
  • Keynote speakers S. Mitra Kalita of the Los Angeles Times and Emily Bell of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism
  • A plenary session on diversity with Jill Geisler and Mary C. Curtis
  • Individualized tech training
  • Fran Lewine Interview: Linda Deutsch interviews Edie Lederer of the Associated Press
  • Talk Story, Write Story with JAWS founder Tad Bartimus
  • Lessons from the Digital Women’s Leadership Academy with Jane McDonnell of the Online News Association
  • Reporting the whole story: Solutions journalism with Samantha McCann and Liza Gross

‘Mary McGory: The First Queen of Journalism’

Submitted by Gail Ross, JAWS Member

Before there was Maureen Dowd or Gail Collins or Molly Ivins, there was Mary McGrory, the trailblazing columnist first at the Washington Star and later The Washington Post. McGrory blazed on to the national scene during the 1954 Army-McCarthy hearings, and her syndicated column eventually appeared in close to 200 newspapers across the country at a time when women political reporters remained the rarest of breeds.  

John Norris has just released an entertaining biography of McGrory, the first woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for commentary, and who was featured prominently on Nixon’s infamous “Enemies List.”

Laced with juicy tidbits on politics and journalism, not to mention McGrory’s own acerbic wit, John Norris’s colorful biography, “Mary McGrory: The First Queen of Journalism,” reads like an insider’s view of latter-day American history — and one of its most enduring characters. McGrory’s columns on everything from JFK’s funeral to 9/11 humanized the players on the great national stage while establishing herself as a uniquely influential voice. Behind the scenes, McGrory flirted, drank, cajoled and jousted with the most important figures in American life, breaking all the rules in the journalism textbook. Her writing was admired and feared by such notables as Lyndon Johnson (who also tried to seduce her) and her friend Bobby Kennedy, who observed, “Mary is so gentle — until she gets behind a typewriter.” Faced with stark choices between her personal and professional lives as she began her career, McGrory treated the era’s glass ceiling as her own personal dance floor.

Early reviews of the book have been glowing. Publishers Weekly calls the book “sensitive and engrossing,” and Kirkus gave it a starred review and hailed the work as a “balanced, page-turning biography.”

Regional gatherings recap

JAWS NYC: Despite a broken arm sustained while reporting on dance skaters, Tina Susman invited JAWdesses to her Brooklyn Heights apartment on Sept. 3. The event was timed because our Diversity Fellow, Charisse Gibson, happened to be in town from Louisiana. About 20 of us devoured her fabulous jambalaya, and shared lots of stories and hugs. We think we picked up a few new members, too!
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