Welcome to the August JAWS newsletter with exciting updates on our membership, our annual CAMP less than three months away and the growth of our organization.

Camp Site Selections

A Letter From the President

By Katherine Ann Rowlands, JAWS president
The JAWS Board has selected the sites for our next three conferences, keeping in mind the membership’s desire to hold CAMP at a beautiful, affordable and accessible location. This is no easy task, especially when adding geographic diversity into the mix of criteria. But we try to please most members most of the time with a variety of selections. Knowing in advance should help you — and the board — to plan.

See where camp is headed >>

Fellowship Winners Announced

Journalism & Women Symposium supports women who are just beginning their careers with mentoring, career advice and fellowships to attend our annual CAMP. Meet the 10 women who were selected from a record number of applications.

JAWS New & Exclusive Insurance

We've partnered with Association Health Programs to bring you exclusive health and business insurance. We are pooled with more than 300 national associations, which allows us access to A-rated insurance companies, rate stability and hands-on service. Visit or call 888-450-3040.

Poynter Showcases JAWS

The Poynter Institute recently provided guidance on joining journalism organizations. Poynter senior faculty member and JAWS member Jill Geisler shared the unique offerings of JAWS. “They network to beat the band. When one person hears about a job opportunity, they will tell everybody else about it," she shared. Read the article >>

CAMP 2012 Updates

JAWS has an amazing weekend of speakers, training and panels set for CAMP 2012 from Oct. 26-28. Sign up for three days of professional development near Albuquerque, N.M.
Register and review >>

Tips for Excellent Interviews

One of the big advantages of membership in JAWS is our email list, where we share stories, job postings and advice. Advice for conducting a stellar interview when reporting were provided by our member writers and editors. See the top tips >>

Auction Heats Up

A Mexican getaway and signed Kathleen Turner shirt are already confirmed for the 2012 JAWS Auction at CAMP.  We need your support to make this auction the best one yet! Please email descriptions your planned donations to board member Charreah Jackson at


*JAWS Member Receives Native American Journalists Association Award
JAWdess Stephanie Woodard won the the Gannett/Richard LaCourse Award for Investigative Reporting for her series on Native American boarding school experiences. She also recently received two reporting grants to explore Native American children's health.

* Welcome Youngest JAWS Members
JAWS board member Jessica Alpert Silber gave birth to twins Theodore Wren and Nicola Jeanette on July 11.
They are sporting shark booties courtesy of JAWS.

*Book Success for JAWdess
Caryl Rivers' best-selling novel “Virgins” is being republished as an ebook by Diversion Press. The funny (and feminist) coming of age story about Catholic schoolgirls sold more than one million copies worldwide when it was first released in the mid-80s.

*Are You a JAWS Trailblazer?
Planning for the 30th anniversary of JAWS has begun. To celebrate, we will salute the Top 30 JAWS Trailblazers. Stay tuned for details and a survey for your suggestions and ideas.

*Home Sweet Home
JAWS Executive Director Becky Day and our headquarters are settling into Princeton, N.J.
Please note the new address for JAWS:
15 Hillsdale Road
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

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