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Sept. 26, 2014
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Bay Area

Date: Oct. 10 to 11
Details: ASJA’s New Avenues in Journalism Conference. Tech journalism rockstar Kara Swisher is the keynote speaker for this conference on new models of journalism.
Location: San Francisco State University.
Contact: If you’re planning to attend and want to meet up with some JAWdesses, send an RSVP to Regional Captain Emily Beaver.

Date: Oct. 12
Details: The Media Makeover: Voices from the Digital Diaspora. Join JAWS Board Member Lisen Stromberg to attend this panel on the Wild, Wild West of New Media. Followed by Spanish tapas at César’s.
Time: 3 to 5 p.m.
Location: Hillside Club in Berkeley.
Contact: Send an RSVP to Emily Beaver.
Sign up for the Bay Area regional listserv.



Date: Oct. 20
Details: Hear former New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson speak with Times critic David Carr at a WBUR event.
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Tsai Performance Center at Boston University
Contact: RSVP. Send an email to Regional Captain Karen Cheung-Larivee to meet up before the event.
Sign up for the Boston regional listserv.


Sign up for the D.C. regional listserv.


Date: Sept. 27
Details: We’re happy to have JAWS member Angela Greiling Keane, a White House correspondent for Bloomberg, as a speaker. Free to attend; just bring a dish or drink to share.
Time: 2 to 4 p.m.
Location: Adrienne Lawrence’s home, 427 Navaho Dr., Frederick.
Contact: Send an RSVP to Adrienne Lawrence (more info here).
Join the Frederick Facebook group.


Sign up for the NYC regional listserv.


Southern California

Date: Sept. 27
Details: Guest speaker Los Angeles Times columnist Robin Abcarian and potluck. Bring the following items if you’re last name begins with:
A-F: appetizers
G-K: veggies and side dishes
L-P: main dishes
Q-V: desserts
WXYZ: drinks
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: 3008 Prospect Ave., Santa Monica.
Contact: Send your RSVP to Bobbi Olson.
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. Email details to Connie K. Ho.

Going to any conferences this fall?

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 conference:


*Lindsey Anderson started a new job as a reporter for the El Paso Times, where she covers the El Paso Independent School District.

*Kelly E. Carter is the new editor of Haute Living Magazine San Francisco, a luxury lifestyle magazine that reaches the most influential and affluent consumers in the San Francisco Bay Area.

*Mary C. Curtis won the Association for Women in Communications 2014 Clarion Award for Online Journalism â€“ Regular Column for Washington Post “She the People.” She also contributed a chapter to the book “Let There be Light: Exploring How Charlotte’s Historic West End Is Shaping a New South,” a ground-breaking anthology featuring essays written by some of Charlotte’s most prominent scholars, journalists, and civic leaders.

*Lynn Povich is being honored by the Feminist Press on Oct. 6 at the Tribeca Rooftop in New York City at its Women and Power gala dinner.

*Liz Seegert has been selected as one of 19 Journalists in Aging Fellows by the Gerontological Society of America.
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
Judy Miller
Donna Myrow
Sarah Pollock
Hilary Powell
Erin Siegal McIntyre
Lisen Stromberg
Kira Zalan

Regional Captains
Jill Cox-Cordova,
Atlanta, Georgia
Megan Kamerick and
Gwyneth Doland, 
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Emily Beaver, 
Bay Area, California
Karen Cheung-Larivee, 
Boston, Massachusetts
Nancy Day and Sheila Solomon, Chicago, Illinois
Sandra Fish,
Denver, Colorado
Deirdre Bannon and Jennifer DePaul, 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 B. 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, Web Manager

Meet the 2014–2015 board members and nominees 

By Nancy Day, JAWS board member

After a thorough process, the 2014 Nominating Committee is pleased to present the following board for your consideration. Per JAWS bylaws, the election will be held during the business meeting on Sunday morning, Nov. 2, at the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP), where nominations from the floor will be welcome.

For the Executive Committee: This first transition has already been announced and will NOT be voted on at this year's CAMP.

President: Linda Kramer Jenning, Washington editor, Glamour magazine, Georgetown University adjunct professor, Washington, D.C. (Lauren Whaley is president through the Sunday morning, Nov. 2, business meeting at CAMP).

President-Elect: Sandra Fish, data journalist for New Mexico in Depth, former university instructor, contributor to Al Jazeera America and Colorado Public Radio, working in Colorado and New Mexico

Vice President: Susy Schultz, president, Community Media Workshop, Chicago, continuing her two-year term (past JAWS president)

Treasurer: Amy Resnick, executive editor, Pensions & Investments (Crain Communications, Inc.), New York (appointed by the board to fulfill Jessica Rettig's term, now running for election to a two-year term)

Secretary: Sheila Solomon, editor, producer and internship recruiter, Rivet Radio, Chicago; formerly Chicago Tribune, Chicago

New general board members:
Justine Griffin, reporter, social media, engagement/assistant projects editor, Herald-Tribune, Sarasota, Florida

Angela Greiling Keane, White House beat reporter, Bloomberg, Washington, D.C.

Pamela Moreland, founder and principal, Golden Wheel Communications, a Silicon Valley digital media firm, San Jose, California (past JAWS President)

Merrill Perlman, editing consultant; columnist,; adjunct assistant professor, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism; formerly director of copy desks, The New York Times

Liz Seegert, freelance journalist, specializing in issues of health and aging; senior fellow, Center for Health, Media & Policy, Hunter College; co-producer, HealthStyles, WBAI-FM, New York

Gina Setser, independent media manager, Atlanta; former JAWS president

Continuing board members:
Erin Siegal McIntyre, bilingual investigative reporter, Univision, Miami; author, photographer, documentarian, Tijuana, Mexico, and elsewhere

Judy Miller, consultant, former television reporter, Boca Raton, Florida

Donna Myrow, retired youth media executive, Palm Springs, California

Hilary Powell, reporter, Lakeshore Public Media (PBS), covering Northwest Indiana for the region’s only local broadcast

Rachel Louise Snyder, writer, professor, American University; and public radio commentator

Kira Zalan, reporter,, Washington, D.C.

Nancy Day, Nominations Chair 2014

Committee members:
Karen Cheung-Larivee, board communications chair, Boston; Ankita Rao, JAWS social media manager, Washington, D.C.; Peggy Simpson, freelance, board member 2012-13, Washington, D.C.; Mary C. Curtis, freelance, board member 2012-13, Charlotte, N.C.; Susy Schultz, JAWS Vice President, Chicago; Lauren M. Whaley, JAWS President, Los Angeles

Pulitzer winner Sonia Nazario will speak Sunday night at CAMP

By Nancy Day, JAWS board member

Sonia Nazario, whose book “Enrique’s Journey” is now used in classrooms across the country, has been added to the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) 2014 program.

Nazario first reported on children, who make the perilous journey from Honduras to the United States, for her six-part series in the Los Angeles Times, which won the 2003 Pulitzer for feature writing. Earlier this year, she re-reported the story, traveling on top of freight trains with boys as young as 7 to discover firsthand what is happening now. The drug cartels, squeezed out of Colombia with massive U.S. aid, have moved inland, threatening and ensnaring children and teens.

“These children are fleeing for their lives,” she told Jon Stewart in a serious conversation on his July 29 show.

Nazario wrote in more detail about what she found in a Sunday New York Times piece and also testified before Congress last summer.

“Enrique’s Journey,” first published in 2006, has been updated. She will sign copies at Saturday’s Books, Browse and Booze.

This is Sonia’s first JAWS CAMP. Please welcome her Friday night and plan to stay through Sunday dinner.

Celebrating women in film at CAMP

By Janice Rhoshalle Littlejohn, JAWS member

JAWS is bringing women — and their stories — to the big screen at our Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) this year.

With Hollywood just over the mountains and in the midst of the playground of the stars at La Quinta Resort and Club near Palm Springs, what better time to spotlight the remarkable women who make the documentaries and films that have such an impact on our view of the world?

Read more here.

JAWS auction season is set to begin

By Peggy Simpson, JAWS member, and Lisen Stromberg, JAWS board member

After the rousing success of last year’s onsite and online auctions, we thought we would do it again. The purpose of the auction is to raise money for the mentoring, networking and training provided by JAWS – all in support of a good cause.

The Onsite Silent Auction is a staple at CAMP. Attendees scour their closets, bug their grandmothers or delight in buying that perfect (perhaps slightly ridiculous) item to donate. During CAMP, the donated items are displayed and offered in a silent auction format.

There’s no one description of a perfect Silent Auction item. It might have jumped out at you on a vacation or while working a political convention. It might be a favorite bit of jewelry, which you know would dazzle someone else at the JAWS auction. They don’t have to be outlandish earrings, but can be. Or, that first edition book you know some JAWdess will love. Or that scarf you no longer use, but is still beautiful and worth passing to some lucky winner.

You might find bargains for a dollar or something close to your heart that will draw $100. You don’t need to tell anyone what you’re bringing. Just show up with your donations and fill out an auction bid sheet with a brief description and an opening bid. The JAWS Auction Committee will help you find the right place for your donations on the auction tables.

Bidding starts Friday night and ends Sunday at noon. Just remember that other JAWS members will have to get them home so think about packing logistics.

So please bring that one-of-a-kind thing to CAMP to donate to the Onsite Auction. No live animals, please (although JAWdesses seem to have a love of animal prints). You must be there to pick up your prize or it will be donated to a local charity.

Want that perfect vacation in Mexico or a private dinner for eight with our very own Peggy Simpson? Love wine? Need advice about how to pitch to magazines? Dying for that one-to-one Twitter training? We will have all of these and more exciting items to bid on for our 2nd Annual Online Auction.

Bidding for the online auction begins on Friday, Oct. 24 at 5 p.m. PST and ends on Sunday, Nov. 2 at 2 p.m. PST. While the bidding will be open to the public so your friends and family can join in the fun, there will be exclusive items available only to JAWS members.

Right now, we need donated items. Do you have tickets to the opera or know someone who has a vacation home they could offer to us? Do you have a special skill you could share? Do you know an artist who might be willing to donate her work? Please contact Lisen Stromberg to discuss what you have to offer. The more exciting items we have to bid on, the more we raise for JAWS and member programming.

JAWS Auction Committee
Meg Heckman
Connie K. Ho
Judy Miller
Katherine Ann Rowlands
Peggy Simpson
Lisen Stromberg

CAMP deadlines

By Adrienne Lawrence, JAWS Interim Operations and CAMP Director

There are some important deadlines coming up with the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) and the entire CAMP team wants to make sure you don’t miss out on the fun!

  • Hotel booking: All rooms must be booked by Sept. 30 to receive the special $149 + taxes and fees — that’s for a room, which normally costs at least $320! We have a great rate and if you want to go to CAMP, please make sure you book a room before the deadline. If you have trouble booking a room, contact me at first to help you find one of the last rooms available at the resort or book an affordable room at a hotel that is less than 5 minutes away. Please note: The hotel will charge the credit card for one night to hold the room. It’s part of the contract.
  • Regular registration: We want to make sure you get the best rate on CAMP — which includes almost all meals for the three-day conference — so make sure to register by Sept. 30 for the member rate of $375 ($475 for non-members). It’ll be $400 ($500 for non-members) starting Oct. 1. Make sure to also check out the online schedule.

Are you looking for a roommate or need a ride from the airport? Make sure to read Emily Beaver’s update in this newsletter. We have sign-up sheets and want to make sure that you are ready to attend CAMP.

Still not sure if CAMP will benefit you? Here are some of the events we are looking forward to: Anna Holmes, founder of, will be a keynote speaker; Jill Abramson will speak to us again; there will be one-on-one tech trainings; and you’ll have a chance to attend a panel on social justice, podcasting or online harassment.

Any questions? Can’t log in to YourMembership? Email Adrienne Lawrence, CAMP Director, at

CAMP Roomshare, Rideshare and hotel shuttle

By Emily Beaver, JAWS Bay Area Regional Captain

Looking for a roommate for the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP)? Planning to drive to CAMP and want to give another JAWdess a ride? Need to catch a ride from the airport on the hotel shuttle?

We’ve created some sign-up sheets for you to plan for JAWS CAMP 2014:

  • The Roomshare/Rideshare spreadsheet, if you’d like to share a hotel room or a ride to CAMP
  • The Hotel Shuttle sign-up sheet, if you’d like to take a shuttle from the airport to La Quinta Resort and Club. (Please note: We’ll add information about how to pay for and reserve a shuttle when it becomes available.)  

*Please note: The information in the spreadsheet is accessible to anyone with these links, so please do not distribute them outside of our JAWS group.

To register for CAMP, visit the registration page.

To see the online schedule, visit JAWS on SCHED.

For questions about the spreadsheet, contact Emily Beaver at For questions about CAMP, contact Adrienne Lawrence at

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

Calling all authors!

By Kelly E. Carter, Coordinator of Books, Browse and Booze for CAMP

Did you know that showcasing your book(s) at the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) can help pay for your registration and hotel?

That’s right! If you participate in Books, Browse and Booze, taking place Saturday, Nov. 1, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., you may sell enough books to cover your regular registration fee (deadline is Sept. 30) and room at La Quinta Resort and Club. Book your room by Sept. 30 to take advantage of the special JAWS rate of $149 plus taxes and fees.

Books, Browse and Booze is where CAMPers can buy books by JAWS authors, meet the authors and chat with them about their latest work.

Read more here.

Come early on the Thursday before the Conference and Mentoring Project (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 non-member. Registration for this event is separate from CAMP registration. For details and to register, visit ACES’ website.
Register for the regular rate for the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) by Sept. 30 and book your room at La Quinta Resort and Club by Sept. 30 for the special rate of $149 a night!

Regional gathering recap

JAWS Seattle: We had a wonderful JAWS happy hour in Seattle. Seven women attended, and a dozen others wrote to say they hope to make it out next time. It was a simple event at an inexpensive bar with a big deck. We all introduced ourselves and chatted. One woman (a would-be freelancer) may have already gotten her first gig out of the deal, which was a thrill
to see.

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