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Feb. 26, 2016
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*Joanne Bamberger’s “Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox” was recently featured on CSPAN Book TV.

*Linda Deutsch was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Washington Press Club Foundation on Feb. 25.

*Megan Kamerick now hosts “Morning Edition” on KUNM in Albuquerque. She’s still freelancing in print, online and radio, as well as doing work for New Mexico PBS.

*Janice Rhoshalle Littlejohn interviewed author Jeannie Morris on her Carol Moseley Braun book.

*Daughter. Wife. Mother, the third of six stories of Melissa Ludtke’s project, is on the Touching Home in China website. She is now creating classroom curriculum about China and issues of identity, gender, multicultural America and the consequences of the one-child policy in China.

*Ankita Rao is now a producer at WNYC’s new podcast on health and the human body, “Only Human.”
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Upcoming events:

Feb. 26: JAWS Albuquerque Goal-Setting Workshop

Feb. 27: JAWS Chicago Leadership Workshop

Feb. 27: JAWS Chicago Happy Hour at Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap

Feb. 28: JAWS Borderland Post-Pope Social Gathering

March 5: JAWS NYC
Visit to Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art

March 13: JAWS SoCal
Business of Freelancing

March 18: JAWS Colorado
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Board member blog post: Be a mentor … or a mentee!

By Liz Seegert, JAWS Board Member and Co-chair Mentoring Committee

One of the greatest benefits of being part of Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) is the tremendous opportunity to interact with other women journos at all stages of their careers. Many of us benefit from these relationships through informal mentoring — like quick advice on how to use a new iPhone app, or a quick review of a potential story proposal by someone who’s written for the same publication.

Mentoring goes both ways — for example, I’ve advised other JAWdesses about health reporting and health policy; others have helped me with tips on audio editing and staying sane while freelancing (hint: join and participate in JAWS). I love that I’m learning learn new things from women of all ages and phases of life.

JAWS also offers opportunities for more formal, structured mentoring. Mentor and mentee are paired according to skill sets, location, needs and expertise. It’s a unique opportunity to work one on one, sharing knowledge (because information flows both ways), solving problems and knowing someone’s got your back.

We just launched new, more streamlined versions of our Mentor availability and Request for Mentor forms that can be accessed at the members-only site. We hope to start matching those needing help — whether one time, for a few months or all year, with those who can volunteer their time and experience — in about a month.

Read more here.

Regional gatherings recap

JAWS Iowa: The group had its first meeting on Feb. 11. All but one of the attendees were from the same paper, but they all seemed interested in having a group outside of work where they could discuss different topics and find resources on different questions. Everyone seemed enthusiastic about meeting regularly and suggested other papers to reach out to for future events.

JAWS NYC: JAWdesses met at the Roosevelt House for an intimate tour led by Deborah Gardner, fourth from left. She regaled attendees with accounts of the historic events that took place at the house, with an emphasis on Eleanor Roosevelt’s life and achievements, and also led the group through the exhibit on the suffrage movement. The show is open to the public through April 2.

Conferences to attend in 2016

We have compiled a comprehensive list of journalism conferences taking place in the U.S. in 2016. 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 plan 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.

Operations Director Corner

By Roxanne Foster, JAWS Operations Director

Please join me in welcoming these newest members.

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.

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