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Aug. 24, 2015
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JAWS in your neighborhood


Albuquerque, New Mexico

Contact the regional captain to suggest an event.

Atlanta, Georgia

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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.


Contact the regional captain to suggest an event.
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

Contact the regional captain.


Date: Aug. 24
Details: 6 p.m.
339 Greenwich St., New York, NY 10013
Contact: Email Solmaz Sharif.
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

Contact the regional captain to suggest an event.
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).

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:
  • 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.


*Ann Douglas has sold U.S. rights to “Parenting Through the Storm” (a guide to parenting a child with a mental health, neurodevelopmental or behavioral challenge) to Guilford Press. The book was originally published by HarperCollins Canada this past January.

*Alison Fitzgerald will be joining NPR’s Science Desk as an on-air health care policy correspondent.

*Jane Isay is at work on her fourth book, “Unconditional Love: A GPS for Grandparents,” and she is hoping to find some JAWdesses to interview about the experience of three generations — the more complicated, the better.

*Rachel Larris joined Media Matters as their Reproductive Rights Program director and is excited to have a position where she’ll be paying close attention to how the news covers reproductive health issues.

*Rachel Louise Snyder published her essay “Life, An Unspooling” in The New York Times Op-Ed section.

*In September, Melissa Ludtke launches “Touching Home in China,” 20 years after the U.N. Women’s Conference in Beijing. American adoptees bring a multimedia focus onto girls’ lives in 21st century China.  

*Jeannie Morris’ book “Behind the Smile: A Story of Carol Moseley Braun's Historic Senate Campaign” will be published Oct. 1. Moseley Braun was the first â€” and only — African American woman ever to be elected to the Senate.

*Jay Newton-Small’s first book, “Broad Influence, How Women Are Changing the Way Washington Works,” is due out Jan. 5. It looks at what happens when women reach critical mass — typically 20 percent to 30 percent of representation — and how they are beginning to change the way we govern, manage and command.

*Amazon has bought the pilot of Lynn Povich’s book, “The Good Girls Revolt,” and is filming a fictionalized version this month in New York. The episode will be put on Amazon Prime in November for folks to vote on.

*Joshunda Shanders’ book “How Racism and Sexism Killed Traditional Media: Why the Future of Journalism Depends on Women and People of Color” is scheduled to be published by Praeger/ABC-CLIO on Aug. 31.

*Erin Siegal McIntyre and partner Eros Hoagland welcomed their first baby girl, Sofia Paloma McIntyre, on July 25, 2015.

*Stephanie Steinberg edited a book that will be published by the University of Michigan Press in September called “In the Name of Editorial Freedom: 125 Years at the Michigan Daily.” She will attend a book talk and signing at Busboys & Poets in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 5.

*Michele Steuven wants to thank JAWS and most specifically JAWS member Sue Cross, who just helped her get the dream job of assignment manager/entertainment at Rex/Shutterstock. Sue took Michele under her wing when she was unemployed and laid off from her position of 18 years at People Magazine.

*Meg Waite Clayton's fifth novel, “The Race for Paris," is on sale. Inspired by the actual “race for Paris” and the extraordinary women who were among the first journalists to report the city’s liberation in August 1944, it’s the story of two women journalists and a British military photographer trying to make history.

*Melinda Voss is at work on a book, tentatively titled “Mango Cuba — Seven Secrets to Discover About America’s Neighbor.” She expects to publish this e-book in November.
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
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

Welcome new JAWS Advisory Board Member Mindy Marqués Gonzalez

By Linda Kramer Jenning, JAWS President

I’m very pleased to announce that Aminda “Mindy” Marqués Gonzalez has joined the Journalism and Women Symposium Advisory Board.

Mindy is executive editor and vice president for news at The Miami Herald, the first Hispanic in that position. She started at the paper as an intern, proof to all you interns reading this that you can work your way up. I met Mindy when she interrupted her career at the Herald to serve as Miami bureau chief for People magazine, but she returned to the Herald in 2007 and served as multimedia editor, Sunday/Features editor and managing editor before being named to her current post.

A graduate of the University of Florida, Mindy serves on the boards of the Pulitzer Prize, the Associated Press Media Editors and the Poynter Institute’s advisory council. She was born in New York to Cuban immigrant parents and throughout her career has been a strong advocate for diversity in the newsroom. In a panel on women of influence at her alma mater last spring, she recalled that as a young reporter, “I didn’t dare to dream that I could have this job.”

Mindy joins Jill Geisler, Geneva Overholser, Diana Henriques and Lisa Stone on the JAWS Advisory Board. This is a great team of women working to support the JAWS mission, and they are an invaluable sounding board for me as president. If you have a chance, please thank them for their service to JAWS. To follow them on Twitter: Mindy, Jill, Geneva, Diana, Lisa.

And now a few quick reminders:
Recipes with a back story: Send your favorite food dish anecdote to Jane Marshall and Carol Guensburg for the 30th anniversary JAWS cookbook.

Authors: Come to CAMP for Books & Browse and let Chris Vachon know you’ll be there with your books.

Countdown: CAMP is closer than you think. The regular registration deadline is Sept. 15. Don’t miss out on the excellent program and on the chance to network with an outstanding group of women — all of you! Read more about CAMP in Gina Setser’s column below.

See you in Montana!


Operations Director Corner

By Roxanne Foster, JAWS Operations Director

Please join me in welcoming these newest members:
Cheryl Phillips (@cephillips)
Angie Muhs (@amuhs)
Adena Martin (@iwmf)
Viola Gaskell (@violajgaskell)
Meg Waite Clayton (@megwclayton)
Tracy Beckerman (@TracyinSuburbia)
Carrie Levine (@levinecarrie)
Nadine Hoffman (@iwmf)
Deborah Schoch (@deborahschoch)
Lauren Johnson (@laurenc_johnson)
Natalie Windsor
Karen Araiza (@KAraiza)
Maïa Booker (@maiabooker)
April Newton (@aprilsnewton)
Lisa Philip (@laphilip)
Michelle Johnson (@mijohn)
Saiyna Bashir (@saiyna)
April Bailey (@aprilbwrites)
Kate Jacobson (@katejacobson)
Beverly Wettenstein (@BWettenstein)
Hyacinth Empinado (@sayhitohyacinth)
Jennie Phipps (@jennielp)
Carly Gillis (@carlyrosegillis)
Ingrid Sturgis (@isturgis)
Sarah Kershaw (@Sarah_S_Kershaw)
Arionne Nettles (@arialyssa)
Heather Tamir
Kristen Mascia (@kmascia)
Janie Boschma (@janieboschma)
Helina Selemon (@heyhelina)

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!

JAWS online auction plus Books & Browse at your service

By Pam Moreland, JAWS Board Member

What service would you like to see offered in the JAWS online auction? A web developer who can build your personal site? A WordPress guru who can walk you through the intricacies of the popular publishing platform? What about a Skype session with an expert on the art of pitching magazine stories? Or maybe you’re hoping for a series of lessons on making cocktails from one of the top mixologists in your city.

As the 2015 auction chairwoman, I want to know what service you would like to see in the JAWS online auction. If we can find a JAWS member who has the skills to fill the request, and is willing to donate her services, we will add your dream to the auction offerings. Send me your suggestions. I will try to make it so.

Of course, this is an auction. There is no guarantee that your bid will be the winning bid. The online portion of the auction will start two weeks before the start of CAMP and end Sunday, Oct. 11. Bid early, and bid often.

JAWS authors: Reserve your Books & Browse table today! Space for one of the most popular JAWS events, Books & Browse, is going fast. If you want to have a table to sell your book, let us know soon.

Authors who want to participate, please contact CAMP event planner Chris Vachon. Send her an estimate of books you want to sell, a blurb on your book and your photo. We’ll pull this information together in a display at CAMP and on the JAWS website. Once Chris has a list of participating authors, she will follow up with shipping details.

Any questions or suggestions? Contact Books & Browse coordinators Michele Weldon or Pam Moreland.

Board member blog post: Shaping a future for all professional newswomen

By Gina Setser, JAWS Board Member and CAMP Co-Chair

Twenty-five plus years ago when I joined JAWS, the journalism world was filled with promise. If you were talented and worked hard, you could eventually get hired to work for a large news organization where you could, potentially, gain the freedom to research and write big, life-changing stories. If you were a talented male, it was pretty much a given. If female, a distinct possibility.

Just a couple short decades later, that’s as realistic as a trip to the moon.

But if there is one thing I’ve learned in my very fortunate life, it’s that the biggest opportunities arrive when big change happens. And if there was ever a time when a newswoman could define her own path, that time is now.

But she can’t do it alone today, any more than she could two decades ago. That is why JAWS continues to fill a critical need, and why we have tried to build a program that provides inspiration, entrepreneurial and skills training, mentoring and leadership.

So come to the 30th anniversary JAWS CAMP at Grouse Mountain Lodge in Whitefish, Mont., from Oct. 9 to 11, where we can work together to shape a future where all professional newswomen are treated with the respect that hard work and talent earns for them.

Our distinguished keynote speakers, Amy Bell and S. Mitra Kalita, are eager to meet you, share their wisdom and answer your questions.

Digital journalist and scholar Emily Bell is director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School and former director of digital content for the Guardian. Bell is co-author of the Tow Center report about the future of journalism “Post Industrial Journalism: Adapting to the Present.” She is a frequent speaker on the topic, which will be the subject of her JAWS CAMP address.

Los Angeles Times managing editor S. Mitra Kalita will giving the Saturday dinner keynote talk. Kalita moved to Los Angeles earlier this year to accept the position of managing editor for editorial strategy — becoming one of the few women in a top newsroom leadership position.

Formerly, Kalita worked at The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Associated Press and Newsday, and more recently she was the founding ideas editor at Quartz and then its executive editor-at-large. She oversaw the launches of Quartz India and Quartz Africa. Her career also included a sojourn in India, where she became the founding editor of Mint, a business paper in New Delhi.

And of course, CAMP has many sessions. For the independent spirits among you, there is a session called “Freelance Doesn’t Mean Free,” where you can learn how to be effective as you set rates, invoice clients, negotiate contracts, record income and expenses, secure “employee” benefits, keep the IRS happy, and more at this workshop on the business side of freelancing. This is ideal for freelancers in the first two or three years of their careers as well as more established freelancers.

If you need a boost in your hands-on skills, we have “Mobile Storytelling,” where you can explore the latest apps journalists are using to tell stories from the field. This is a hands-on session that covers the basics for mobile photography, video and live-streaming. Jackie Spinner is a former Washington Post correspondent who now teaches digital storytelling and runs a multimedia photojournalism major at Columbia College Chicago. And there is more. Lots more. Read about our sessions here.

Go ahead and register already, here. Take advantage of the special airfares with American, Delta and Alaska. And if you need a roommate or a ride to CAMP, check out the JAWS philosophy of sharing.

Those of us who have been JAWS members for years actually view the speakers, training sessions and panels as icing on the cake. Far more important to most of us are the friendships, professional support and sustenance we get from rubbing shoulders with other like-minded souls. I’ve never encountered an environment quite as nourishing as JAWS for female journalists. Join us and find out for yourself what you’ve been missing.

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.


$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.
Missoula International Airport (MSO) is approximately 2 1/2 hours from the Grouse Mountain Lodge. Rental cars are available in the ground transportation center.

CAMP 2015: JAWS second Twitter chat

Catch up on the conversation with this Storify, highlighting panels, workshops and money-saving tips for the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) in Montana from Oct. 9-11.

August BoardBytes

By Sheila Solomon, JAWS Secretary

  1. Close to 140 registered for CAMP and there’s room for more.
  2. Popular Books & Browse moving to after dinner Friday night.
  3. Don’t forget to bring your silent auction items.
Visit the members-only site and log in to view full board minutes.

Regional gatherings recap

The JAWS Summer Potluck was a nice shindig indeed — food, fun and fellowship, plus an awesome auction.

The JAWS D.C. group also had a summer pool party in Arlington, Va., hosted by Carolyn Cerbin with shark cupcakes.

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