Please enjoy the November JAWS newsletter with exciting recaps from CAMP and updates on our organization.

CAMP and Beyond:
A Letter From the President

By Katherine Ann Rowlands, JAWS president

I hope your holiday season is off to a great start. I am still so awed by the 226 women who came to the 2012 Conference and Mentoring Project of Journalism & Women Symposium. From newspapers and magazines to documentaries and books to radio and blogs, the work being done by JAWS members is remarkable. And the collective power of sharing our stories and learning from each other at CAMP is truly inspiring. We are making a difference in the world and this weekend was a chance to celebrate our successes and prepare for new challenges. For those of you who could not join us, we have been sharing our learning on the JAWS website and through Facebook and Twitter @jawstweet and #jaws12. Visit for additional updates.

A Special Thanks

Hats off to Becky Day, our executive director extraordinaire, who provided the crucial support to make our 2012 Conference and Mentoring Project a great success. Becky worked long hours to make CAMP run smoothly for the record attendees who stayed at a fabulous resort, engaged in meaningful conversations and attended robust sessions all weekend. She provides the institutional memory, warmth of friendship and organizational prowess to keep JAWS on track all year long.


Board of Directors Update

The new JAWS Board of Directors was elected at CAMP. The board includes President Katherine Ann Rowlands, Vice President Sandra Fish, President-elect Lauren Whaley, Treasurer Andrea Stone and Secretary Jessica Rettig. Also on the board are Sarah Pollock, Gwyneth Doland, Mary C. Curtis, Nancy Day, Peg Simpson, Jen DePaul, Karen Cheung, Kimberly Johnson and Lisen Stromberg. Kudos to these members for making a commitment to JAWS and our mission.

Steinem's Message on Our Future

JAWS Keynote Speaker Gloria Steinem awed the crowd with her thoughts on the future of women, as she nears her 80th birthday. “I’m not giving up my torch. I’m using my torch to light everybody else’s torches. I think the key to it is not to worry about what we should say to [young women], and just listen to them. Say, ‘What’s unfair in your life, and how can I help you fix it?’ The only way we know we have something to say is if someone listens to us.” Read the full recap of Steinem's speech >>

Our New Advisory Board

JAWS is honored to welcome to our new Advisory Board five prominent journalists who will help guide our growth. They are Geneva Overholser of USC Annenberg, Dori Maynard of the Maynard Institute, Diana B. Henriques of the New York Times, Jill Geisler of Poynter and Lisa Stone of BlogHer. These women will lend their experience and wisdom to JAWS at a pivotal time for the organization as we reach new membership levels, pursue more ambitious programming and carry forward the momentum from a successful conference with record attendance.


*Snapshots from CAMP

*Perfect Pitch?

A panel of Chicago editors will offer tips on perfecting your freelance story pitch, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Uncommon Ground, 3800 N. Clark. More info


*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.

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