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JUNE 30, 2014
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Visit the national listserv

JAWS in your neighborhood


JAWS Bay Area

Sign up for the Bay Area regional listserv.


JAWS Boston

Sign up for the Boston regional listserv.


Sign up for the D.C. regional listserv.

JAWS Frederick

Join the Frederick Facebook group.


Sign up for the NYC regional listserv.

JAWS Southern California

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 issue. Email details to Connie K. Ho.

Register for CAMP

Want to see what is on the schedule? Check it out.

Going to any conferences this summer?

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, pins and information and perhaps help you coordinate a JAWdess gathering at the conference.

Upcoming conferences are:


*Mary C. Curtis is a finalist in the National Association of Black Journalists “Salute to Excellence 2014” contest. She was also named a finalist by the National Society of Newspaper Columnists and spoke at their conference in Washington, D.C.

*Stephanie Hughes started a new position with Bloomberg in New York, where she’ll be helping to produce a new evening radio show called “Bloomberg Best.” She was previously senior producer for “Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast” on WYPR.

*Justine Griffin’s first long-form piece was published on May 25 in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. “The Cost of Life” chronicles her experience with the fertility industry as a first-time egg donor.

*This fall, Katy June-Friesen will enter the Ph.D. program at the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism with full funding.

*Janice Rhoshalle Littlejohn is a contributor to Emmy-winning artist James Gayles’ new book, “Reflections: A Collaboration Between Painting and Literature” (Pochino Press). The release party is July 11 at 6 p.m. in Oakland, California.

*Jane Marshall’s book, “Teatime to Tailgates: 150 Years at the K-State Table,” about Kansas food history, was honored as a 2014 Kansas Notable Book by the State Library of Kansas.

*Cathryn Ramin won the Endocrinology Society’s medical journalism award for the MORE Magazine bioidentical hormone story that the Fund for Investigative Journalism helped to fund.

*Melinda Voss’ granddaughter Margaret Rose Voss was born June 9. She arrived at eight pounds, three ounces and 21.5 inches long.
Have news to share? Send to Connie K. Ho for the next issue. We reserve the right to edit for space.

Social media tip

Our Instagram account is officially open for business. Please follow us at womenjournos to see what our members are up to, learn new stats and join the community. We promise to follow back!

Here are some ways you can get involved:
  • Have a photo to share on the official account? Send to
  • Tag @womenjournos in your photos from mixers, CAMP, etc.
  • Like the photos that you, er, like and share encouraging comments with your peers.
  • Tag us in your reporting photos so we can see all the great adventures you are up to in the field!
Board of Directors
Lauren M. Whaley,
Susy Schultz,
  Vice President
Nancy Day,
  Deputy Vice President
Amy Resnick,
Rachel Louise Snyder,
Karen Cheung-Larivee
Jennifer DePaul
Judy Miller
Donna Myrow
Sarah Pollock
Hilary Powell
Erin Siegal McIntyre
Lisen Stromberg
Kira Zalan

Regional Captains
Megan Kamerick and Gwyneth Doland, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Emily Beaver, Bay Area, California
Karen Cheung-Larivee, Boston, Massachusetts
Nancy Day, Chicago, Illinois
Jennifer DePaul, District of Columbia
Stephanie Yamkovenko, Frederick, Maryland
Susanna Ray, Seattle, Washington
Megan Sweas, Southern California

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

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

Adrienne Lawrence, Interim Operations and CAMP Director
Kat Rowlands, Interim Development Director

President’s letter: Behind the scenes

By Lauren M. Whaley, JAWS President 

Dear JAWS members:

I want to take this time to share with you not only some of the exciting opportunities we have been working on (see Fellowships! Regional gatherings! Member news! CAMP!), but also some of the work we have doing behind the scenes to keep JAWS functioning and improving.

We now have organizational documents posted online behind our members-only site. There, you will find committee names and members, our 2014 budget and our 2014 development plan. We will continue to add documents to this area.

If you haven’t already checked out our impressive new members-only site, visit Use your email address as a username and JAWS1234 as your password. You will be able to change your password, renew your dues and fill out your profile.

We hope these documents will provide you with a bigger picture of the organization. Other documents you should check out on our public website include our Strategic Plan, which guides our daily decisions; HerStory, which tells our origin story; a list of our past presidents; and an explanation of our Legacy Fund. And, if you’re excited to learn the guiding document that dictates how we organize ourselves, read our bylaws. New on the website this week is the summary of the strategic plan, in case you want the abridged version.

We will be hosting a panel at our Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) that goes over the Strategic Plan and the corresponding programs the board has implemented – expanded fellowships, year-round mentoring, increased regional gatherings and more. Check it out on the 2014 CAMP SCHED.

As always, feel free to get in touch with questions as they come up. Find us at Or, you can write to us individually. Get to know us here (and in person at regional gatherings and at CAMP).

To that end, nominations for our 2014-2015 board slate are open. We need a president-elect, a secretary, a treasurer and several general board members. We need at least 11 people on the board. Join us!

As I wrote last month, if you want to get involved in JAWS on the board level or you know someone who would, send names to the nominating committee, chaired by board member Nancy Day. The committee will send questionnaires to nominees in the next few weeks. Once nominees’ applications are reviewed and candidates are selected, per our bylaws, we will vote on the 2014-2015 board slate during our general membership meeting at CAMP.

Because only about a third of our members come to CAMP and vote in our general membership meeting, I am hoping to revise the way we vote, moving to an online voting system for the 2015-2016 slate. IRE seems to have a great system in place for online voting. This requires a revision of our bylaws.

Please get in touch with me if you would like to serve on a committee that looks at our bylaws and makes revisions in time for our general membership election. We revised the bylaws last year, but we need to revise them again. It’s tedious, but important work. Who’s in?!

We have launched the future staffing committee. Committee members will be researching staffing structures of similar organizations and making recommendations to me and the board for future staffing positions. We will also reach out to you, our members, for recommendations on what the future staffing structure for JAWS should look like. Keep an eye out for a survey asking what you want to see for the future structure of JAWS. You can always email me with ideas, too.

Our communications team has also put together a listserv policy that will help with some questions of conduct on our beloved Google Groups.

Thanks to all who have reached out to me and other board members with ideas on how we can improve JAWS. I am proud of the work we have done this year so far and of the work we are planning to do. Keep keeping in touch. The board meets by phone on the second Saturday of each month. If you want us to consider a question or proposal, please reach out in advance of our monthly call and we can add it to our agenda.

I do hope everyone is having a great summer. We are enjoying the cloudy mornings of “June Gloom” here in Los Angeles; I occasionally even wear a sweatshirt when I make my morning coffee.

If anyone is ever out this way, we have a robust Southern California regional group (thank you, Megan Sweas). Come say hi! And, check out our other growing regional groups, too. Or, start your own.

All my best,


Board member blog post

From fellow to fellowship chair

By Kira Zalan, JAWS Board Member

I reluctantly attended my first JAWS mixer three years ago, at Co Co. Sala in Washington, D.C. I’m not good at mingling, plus I was just starting out in journalism and was convinced I had nothing to offer professionally. Networking was a D.C. skill I lacked and, after living seven years in this town, I wasn’t sure I wanted to learn it. I committed to one hour (I stayed two) and one drink (I had two). I walked out of Co Co. Sala into the summer D.C. night impressed. JAWS didn’t feel like a stiff, professional organization at all. Instead, I felt like a welcomed guest at a family reunion.

Honestly, I applied for a CAMP fellowship because I liked the feeling of JAWS. I didn’t know the programming and was unsure I’d learn much skill-wise, but there was something special about this group, and I wanted to be there.

Read more here.

Member blog post

Spread the news about Fund a Fellow

By Meg Heckman, JAWS Member

The Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) is raising funds to send 10 emerging female journalists to the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) this fall.

I went to my first CAMP last year, and it changed my professional life for the better. Everyone was fantastic, but I was especially impressed with the women who had won fellowships. As a college journalism professor, I’m grateful such programs exist to support rising female journalists. That’s why I volunteered to organize this year’s crowdfunding campaign.

Read more here.

Investigative training

JAWS is thrilled to announce Investigative Training from Start to Finish, which is an all-day investigative training on Oct. 30 BEFORE the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP). It will be led by two of the best investigative reporters in the world! Jennifer LaFleur (pictured above) and Rosemary Armao (pictured below) have won awards for their investigative work, plus Jennifer was the first training director for Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) and Rosemary was the former executive director of IRE. Both are also JAWS members and Armao is a past JAWS president.

During the training, you’ll learn how to negotiate for public records, how to analyze data and how to make sure your story is bullet-proof before it goes to press. Want to see more on what will be covered? Check out the full schedule.

And the best part is that it is affordable. Members pay just $135 and non-members pay $200; both ticket prices include lunch. Go here to register for the all-day training and to register for CAMP.

Call for nominations

If you want to join the JAWS board, or you know someone who would, please send names to the nominating committee, chaired by Board Member Nancy Day. The committee will send questionnaires to nominees in the next few weeks. Once nominees’ applications are reviewed and candidates are selected, per our bylaws, we will vote on the 2014-2015 board slate during our general membership meeting at CAMP.

Three new fellowships launched

The Journalism and Women Symposium is pleased to announce the launch of three new fellowships. In addition to our traditional Emerging Journalist Fellowship that brings 10 people to the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP), JAWS now offers the opportunity for three additional journalists to join us at CAMP this year.

Apply for the Diversity Fellowship

Apply for the Mid-Career Fellowship

Apply for the Entrepreneurial Fellowship

Regional gatherings recaps

JAWS NYC: About 25 fabulous women converged on the East Side of Manhattan for a late spring gathering at Merrill Perlman’s apartment on June 12. Because most people brought dishes familiar on tapas menus, we called it a "tapaluck" rather than a potluck. Ruthie Padawer drove in from New Jersey to be an amazing co-hostess. Among our special guests were Margaret Sullivan, the public editor of the New York Times, being introduced to JAWS; longtime JAWdesses Betsy Wade, Joy Cook, Liz Seegert and Geneva Overholser; and a lot of new members or those who had not yet been to a JAWS event, including Kira Goldenberg, Hanan Kamal – who brought a wonderful lentil and rice dish – Meral Agish, Yvonne Leow and Stephanie Hughes, who just moved to New York and started a job at Bloomberg. (Not singling people out, but trying to give a good sampling.)

Barbara Selvin brought several of her students from Long Island, so we had several generations of journalists, engaged in lively discussions on such things as workloads (everyone seems to be doing the work of two or three people), asking for a raise, appropriate dress for the job (then and now, broadcast and print), and the dark days when women could be fired just for being pregnant. (Wait! That still happens!)

JAWS Southern California: Janice Rhoshalle Littlejohn hosted a group of female writers, professors, activists and performers at her home on June 1. There were delicious dishes from 22 participants. Many thanks to our social coordinator, Megan Sweas, for prompting this end-of-spring soiree.

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