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JAWS Baltimore

Feb. 27-March 2
6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
IRE and NICAR conference meetup
Are you heading to the Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) and the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting (NICAR) conference?

JAWS members who would like to meet up should contact Jennifer LaFleur.

JAWS Bay Area

March 6
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EWIP Conference
7 p.m. Dinner with JAWS
Exceptional Women in Publishing is offering JAWS members a special $199 rate to attend their 6th Annual Women's Leadership Conference March 6 in San Francisco.

Speakers include Re/Code founder Kara Swisher and others from AOL, Blurb, Upworthy and Facebook. Past JAWS President Katherine Ann Rowlands is on a mentoring panel, too.

Sign up and use promotional code (EWIPfri3nds) for the discounted rate. Bay Area JAWS members will be meeting for dinner in San Francisco at 7 p.m. after the conference.

Send an email to regional captain Emily Beaver to RSVP. Sign up for the Bay Area region listserv.

JAWS Boston

Sign up for the Boston region listserv.


Feb. 26
5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW, in the card room behind the Reliable Source kitchen.
Bring a recipe, and bring women journo friends and colleagues.

Send an email to Linda Kramer Jenning to RSVP. Sign up for the D.C. region listserv.

JAWS Frederick, Md.

March 16
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
CoWork Frederick, 122 E. Patrick St., Frederick.
Watch a TED Talk by a JAWS member and dish with colleagues. Potluck, raffle and door prizes.

Contact Adrienne Lawrence and Stephanie Yamkovenko for more information. RSVP here.


Feb. 27
7 p.m.
PowderKeg, 33 Flatbush Ave., 3rd Floor, Brooklyn.
There will be a voluntary food drive. Attendees can bring a can (or two or three).
Hosted by Sharon Lerner and Hayley Miller.

March 12
6 p.m.
Book party for Jane Isay’s new book, “Secrets and Lies.”
Hosted by Geneva Overholser and Merrill Perlman.
Details to come.
Sign up for the NYC region listserv.

JAWS Southern Calif.

Women, Action & the Media (WAM!) LA and JAWS Mixer
Feb. 27
6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Private resident in Westwood (the address will be emailed to you after you RSVP).

Send an email to or Megan Sweas to RSVP. Sign up for the Southern Calif. region listserv. Connect on Facebook.

JAWS Seattle

Feb. 26-March 1 AWP Conference
Feb. 27, 6 p.m. Data visualization social gathering
Going to the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) conference? Contact JAWS Ambassador Katherine Ann Rowlands so she can send venue details for a special event on Feb. 27 at 6 p.m.

JAWS members (and those who are interested in what we do) are invited to attend this social gathering, which will also feature a demonstration of data visualization by a representative from Tableau Software to learn to build interactive maps, charts and graphs that tell meaningful, influential data stories.

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.


*Jeannie Morris has been named the first female recipient of the Ring Lardner Award for Excellence in Sports Journalism. She started covering sports in 1967 at a time when women in sportscasting was a rare sight.

*Board member Hilary Powell is one of 29 journalists from newsrooms around the world chosen as a 2014 Kiplinger Fellow at The Ohio State University in April.

*Rachel Sams has been appointed editor-in-chief of Albuquerque Business First, where she will be managing the strategic direction of the publication’s print and Web products.

*Mandy Jenkins has been appointed managing editor of Digital First Media’s national newsroom, Project Thunderdome, which publishes content and multimedia to the company’s local outlets across the U.S.

*Meg Heckman joined the English department at the University of New Hampshire as a full-time lecturer of journalism.

*Evelyn Iritani and Karen Lowe recently returned from Africa; they were invited by the International Women in Media Foundation, and are currently working on a series of articles about women who have survived the trauma of war.

*Molly Loomis has been working on articles about a two-month-long expedition she took last fall in the remote Himalayas of northern Myanmar (Burma). Feel free to contact her if you are ever in the Jackson Hole/Yellowstone region.

*Angela Greiling Keane is now covering the White House after seven years on various transportation beats for Bloomberg News.

*Melinda Voss, a semi-retired communications professional, former journalist and doting grandmother, is reviving her blog, A Clearing for Communication, by posting more regularly. Feedback welcome.
Have news to share? Send to Connie K. Ho for the next issue. We reserve the right to edit for space.

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 Ambassador Katherine Ann Rowlands so she can arm you with cards, pins and information and perhaps coordinate a Jawdess gathering at the conference.

Upcoming conferences are:
  • Association of Writers & Writing Programs, Feb. 26 to March 1 in Seattle
  • IRE/NICAR, Feb. 27 to March 2 in Baltimore
  • Exceptional Women in Publishing, March 6 in San Francisco
  • American Copy Editors Society, March 20-22 in Las Vegas. Erica Phillips, Teresa Schmedding and Merrill Perlman will be attending.

JAWS heads to UNITY, pursues diversity

In March, JAWS will be sending a representative to participate in a daylong caucus in Washington, D.C., organized by UNITY: Journalists for Diversity.

UNITY is an alliance of the Native American Journalists Association, Asian American Journalists Association and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association. UNITY will be sharing best practices in staffing diverse newsrooms and universal media watch guidelines to improve coverage of diverse communities. The organization also trains journalists to avoid bias in their reporting.

Interested in participating in the JAWS diversity committee? Contact board member Erin Siegal McIntyre.

Social media tip

Use the hashtag #bestofJAWS on Twitter or Facebook to share favorite stories with fellow JAWS members.
Board of Directors
Becky Day,
  Executive Director
Lauren M. Whaley,
Susy Schultz,
  Vice President
Nancy Day,
  Deputy Vice President
Jessica Rettig,
Kimberly Johnson,
Karen Cheung-Larviee
Jennifer DePaul
Adrienne Lawrence
Judy Miller
Donna Myrow
Sarah Pollock
Hilary Powell
Erin Siegal McIntyre
Rachel Louise Snyder
Lisen Stromberg
Kira Zalan

Regional Captains
Emily Beaver, Bay Area
Karen Cheung-Larivee, Boston
Jennifer DePaul, D.C.
Andrea Stone, NYC
Megan Sweas, Southern Calif.

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

Karen Cheung-Larivee, Communications Chairwoman
Adrienne Lawrence, Editor
Merrill Perlman, Copy Editor
Ankita Rao, Social Media Manager
Connie K. Ho, Website Manager

President's letter: Haikus for you

By Lauren M. Whaley,
JAWS President

Dear JAWdesses:

It's 1:23 a.m.

The baby is asleep in my arms and I’m typing this on my phone. He’s snoring and practicing his smiles in his sleep as we rock. He just laughed in his sleep. It’s quiet moments like these when I look into my son’s face when I feel truly grateful.

For JAWS, it’s all about the moments, too. Thanks to your support and the hard work of board members and other volunteers. We are looking forward to creating more moments, big and small.

During the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) 2013, I mentioned new big initiatives I’m excited to launch, including a new online membership system, a nationwide mentoring program and a new diversity committee. The board of directors and I continue to think strategically about membership, fundraising, communications and regional trainings. We’d love to hear from you if you are interested in participating or simply want to offer input.

Here’s a sampling of the major initiatives we’re working on to sustain and improve the organization — in haiku.
Age, ethnicity,
geography and genre.
In it together.

Our diversity committee is seeking trainings and initiatives for JAWS leaders and members to better meet our mission of working toward a more accurate portrayal of society.  
Palm Springs awaits us:
Learn tools, tricks, wisdom. Debate.
Also, dance parties.

Panel suggestions still welcome for our annual Conference and Mentoring Project in Palm Springs (Oct. 31 - Nov. 2, 2014), organized this year by Adrienne Lawrence and Megan Sweas.
Branding strategy,
digital face. Like us! Tweet

Our communications team continues to work honing our brand and digital presence with the great help of social media strategist Ankita Rao and website wizard Connie K. Ho.
Mid-career and new:
Seeking guidance, wisdom, cash.
We all need some help.

In addition to our traditional fellowships for emerging journalists, we’re working to develop more opportunities this year for women from diverse backgrounds at various points in their careers.
Revamping systems.
Online databases
can be sexy, too.

Our new soon-to-launch membership database, called YourMembership, will improve the membership experience by making it easier to track your membership status and tax-deductible donations, find people in your area, and access members-only content.
Fundraising and Development
Building partners, friends.
Making it all possible.
Thanks for your support!

With the help of our newly appointed JAWS ambassador, our development team is working hard to make sure we can afford all the incredible new initiatives we want to bring to our members.
Mentoring, training:
Generations together.
Let’s drink wine, sister!

Our mentoring team is working tirelessly to jumpstart our nationwide mentoring program. The mentoring program will be for women of all ages and employments. It’s for the executive who wants help to hone in her management skills, the entrepreneur who needs funding ideas for her startup, the mid-career journalist looking to (re)brand herself, the graduate student who wants an internship. We’re working on a pilot program with a few pairs of mentors and mentees to start and will roll out the program to our members later this year.
Regional Events
D.C., Maryland,
Chicago, L.A., The Bay ...
JAWS to rule the world!

This year’s regional events are off to a great start with expanded chapters in Los Angeles, D.C., the Bay Area, NYC and Chicago. Learn how to host one in your area.
Safe place to learn, grow.
Women helping women. We
hold up half the sky.

Thank you thank you thank
you thank you thank you thank you
Thank you! Love, Lauren

Board member blog post

Why JAWS is so special to me

By Jessica Rettig, JAWS Board Member

Before going to the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) last year, I had made a decision. It was a decision that I had mulled over for years and one that I feared would make me a pariah among all my beloved Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) mentors and friends, who had encouraged me, pushed me along and helped me find great jobs throughout my still budding career.

I decided that I wanted to leave journalism.

I was so anxious as I flew to Vermont. What would I tell people when they asked what I wanted to do after graduate school? What would they say when I told them I didn’t want to be a reporter anymore and wanted to explore other careers to see if I could find a better fit? From my fellowship in 2010 to a spot on the board to a wonderful summer internship, JAWS members had given me so much opportunity over the years; I felt like I was betraying the group’s mission by wanting to try something else. I didn’t think I would belong anymore.

But from my first night in Essex, I was delightfully surprised.


Member blog post

My run for JAWS

By Dawn Garcia, JAWS Member and Former President

I’m training for a (gulp) marathon: The Napa Marathon on March 2.

And to inspire me as I train — and for extra motivation on the big day — I’m raising money for JAWS.

I started out three years ago doing a few miles at a time — slowly. Running has helped me in so many ways: to get fit, to meet new friends and to achieve goals I never imagined I could. Last year, I did three half-marathons and ran across the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco in an all-women’s 10-mile race.

I’m the oldest person in my running group at Stanford University, where I work as managing director of the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships.

But I’m not the slowest!

I decided that I'd like my next race — my first marathon — to support a nonprofit cause dear to my heart: the Journalism & Women Symposium (JAWS).

But how to raise money in a fun and easy way?

A friend had set up a account last year to raise money for a mutual friend’s surgery, so I’d had experience with the site and thought I’d give it a try.

Setting up my own Razoo page was easy. I created an account and named my fundraiser “RUN FOR JAWS!”

I attached a photo, wrote a short blurb and set my fundraising goal at $500.

I sent out emails to some friends and family, and posted a link to my Razoo page on Facebook on Jan. 20.

In 10 days, I had already raised $470 — so I increased the goal to $750.

And then five days after that, I had to increase it again to $1,000 when I’d almost reached the $750 goal.

Less than a week later, I’d reached my $1,000 goal! (I’m still raising money and have surpassed my $1,000 goal.)


Member blog post

Lone woman in the newsroom

By Betty Medsger, JAWS Member

This blog post stems from a JAWS listserv discussion.

I was the only woman in the newsroom when I was hired to be a reporter at my first job at The Tribune-Democrat in Johnstown, Pa.

The whole situation was unusual, beginning with how I got the job. I graduated from college in January 1964 and planned to teach history in Pittsburgh, beginning that fall. I was living at home and signed up to do substitute teaching. I was disappointed at the infrequent calls, and, as I was walking by the newspaper offices one day, I decided I should get some kind of steady work until my full-time teaching job started.

I went to the employment office and asked if they had any jobs for filing clerks. I filled out the required form. When the person behind the desk noticed that I had just graduated from college, they asked me if I had ever considered being a reporter. I had not, but it sounded interesting.


Regional gatherings recap

By Roberta Baskin, JAWS Member; Adrienne Lawrence, JAWS Board Member; and Megan Sweas, JAWS Southern Calif. Captain

Former board member Roberta Baskin hosted a JAWS gathering Jan. 20 at the eclectic Mansion on O in Washington, D.C. More than 20 JAWdesses turned up at the bar, then roamed the mansion to search for more than 30 secret passages, admire the artworks and buy a few tchotchkes. They assembled in a private room (through a secret door) to catch up on life and livelihoods. Roberta handed out random quotations by women for women, and they talked about how each fragment of wisdom and humor resonated in their lives. Thanks to Roberta for organizing a great event.

A small group of journalists and friends gathered in Palm Springs at Donna Myrow’s home in Palm Springs to pick grapefruit, lemons and oranges, while taking in beautiful vistas and connecting with amazing women journalists. Thanks for hosting, Donna!

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