Please enjoy the latest issue of the JAWS newsletter. SEPTEMBER 2013 
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Sept. 25
5 - 7 p.m. 
National Press Club
Buy a raffle ticket for $5 (or 5 tickets for $20) for a chance to win Lia Sophia costume jewelry. 
Hosted by Adrienne D. Lawrence‪.‬

JAWS Southern CA

Sept. 29
2 - 5 p.m.
Casey Rentz home (11847 Gorham Ave #404, LA, CA 90049).
RSVP SoCal Regional Captain Megan Sweas.

JAWS Bay Area

Oct. 9
6 to 8 p.m.
Toast in Oakland, Calif. (near Rockridge Bart).
Autumn mixer hosted by JAWS and SPJ-Northern California so members can get acquainted and start organizing joint training sessions. Local bars and restaurants are often happy to set aside a space for these social gatherings so try collaborating with groups in your area. Contact Kat Rowlands with questions.

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 Karen Cheung-Larivee.


*Jane Meacham in Washington, D.C., was hired by the World Bank as a consultant to provide content and communications strategy for its online 2013 Sustainability Review.

*Staci Baird’s daughter, Mabel Jane Baird, was born Aug. 27. She’s healthy and beautiful, and she can sleep anywhere, anytime, as long as she's not in a wet diaper.

*Lana Straub, 5-month newbie to radio journalism, has had seven on-air pieces and just received full credentials from KXWT in Midland, Texas.

*Sarah D. Wire, a 2013 CAMP fellow, was promoted to Washington correspondent for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

*Sheila Gibbons writes about business for the Lexington Park Leader, an online magazine in Maryland, while continuing to produce and blog at Media Report to Women.

*Mallary Tenore, formerly managing editor of, has accepted a new job as managing director of Images and Voices of Hope. 

*Andrea Riquier, who joined JAWS in July, is the new economics reporter at Investor’s Business Daily. She’ll be based in Washington, starting in mid-October.

*Adriana Janovich, a 2012 graduate of USC’s specialized journalism program, is the new food editor at the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Wash.

*Susan Loubet holds her new granddaughter. Aja Mary Loubet was born Sept 11. Said proud new grandmother: â€œShe seems to like looking at the orange and yellow leaves on my JAWS T-shirt.” Congratulations to the Loubet and Thom families!
Have news to share? Send to Karen Cheung-Larivee for the next issue. We reserve the right to edit for space.
Board of Directors
Becky Day, 
Executive Director
Kat Rowlands, 
Lauren M. Whaley, President-Elect
Sandra Fish, Vice President
Jessica Rettig, Secretary
Andrea Stone, Treasurer
Karen Cheung-Larivee
Mary C. Curtis
Jennifer DePaul
Gwyneth Doland

Kimberly Johnson 
Sarah Pollock
Peg Simpson
Lisen Stromberg

Regional Captain
Megan Sweas, Southern CA Captain

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

Karen Cheung-Larivee, Editor 
Merrill Perlman, Copy Editor
Ankita Rao, Social Media Manager
CAMP 2013 supporters Thank you for your commitment to the advancement of women in journalism.

President’s letter 

By Katherine Ann Rowlands,
JAWS President

Building momentum is fun and we are doing a lot of that right now at JAWS.

At a networking party I held at my home this month, I got to sign up a dozen new members, connect writers looking for work with editors looking to hire, and start building a wish list of training sessions that we will organize this year.

What fun to see success with the networking, mentoring and training behind our mission to support the professional empowerment and personal growth of women in journalism and work toward a more accurate portrayal of the whole society.

Here’s a quick update on what we are doing to strengthen and grow JAWS in other ways:
  • We are now 35 percent of the way toward our $10,000 goal to support the JAWS fellowship program via GoFundMe. Please continue to spread the word through your networks via Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and email so we can support these 10 young women to attend the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP).
  • Keep an eye out for an exciting new program to raise money for fellows and visibility for JAWS through Friday 5, where that organization’s members donate collectively to our cause through pooled contributions. They have made a five-year commitment to JAWS, which is a tremendous endorsement of our long-term efforts to mentor emerging journalists. Oct. 4 is our launch day, so get ready!
  • We have so far attracted $20,000 in sponsorship funding for this year’s Conference and Mentoring Project, well beyond our expectations, thanks to a bigger emphasis on that effort. See the results here. It is very gratifying to get this level of support from a variety of sponsors and donors who are aligned with our mission.
  • We are on our way toward registering 200 women for CAMP, our goal for this year, with just a month to go before our gathering in Vermont. See our schedule. It’s not too late to register for this terrific program, packed with training and great speakers, such as Jill Abramson. The regular rate of $375, which includes most meals, expires Sept. 30.
  • We continue to make great strides in boosting our public profile with social media postings and a beautiful new website that makes it easier to find information about the work we do. We hope to highlight the work of members often, so send feedback on what you would like to see on the site.
  • We continue to sign up new members at each new event. The more than 750 members who paid dues this year or the previous two brings us to a record high and gives us the critical mass we need to enhance regional programming. That’s 150 more than last year, and 400 more than two years ago. Spread the word to your friends and colleagues about the benefits of membership so we continue our growth. We will be rolling out a new membership platform at the end of the year to improve services to you as well.
I would love to hear personal stories about how you are building momentum in your career and how JAWS has helped. Send them along to me or share on our new listserv—Kat

New board slate up for vote

By Katherine Ann Rowlands,
JAWS President

I’m pleased to present a quality slate of candidates for the next board. You will be asked to vote on this slate at the general membership meeting on Oct. 27.

The slate of candidates is:

  • President Lauren M. Whaley
  • Vice President Susy Schultz
  • Deputy Vice President Nancy Day
  • Treasurer Jessica Rettig
  • Secretary Kimberly Johnson
  • General Board Member Adrienne Lawrence
  • General Board Member Judy Miller
  • General Board Member Donna Myrow
  • General Board Member Paro Pain
  • General Board Member Hilary Powell
  • General Board Member Erin Siegal
  • General Board Member Rachel Louise Snyder
  • General Board Member Kira Zalan

Remaining on the board to complete their two-year terms are Karen Cheung-Larivee, Jennifer DePaul, Sarah Pollock and Lisen Stromberg. Going off the board, with many thanks for their service, will be Andrea Stone, Mary C. Curtis, Gwyneth Doland, Sandra Fish, Peg Simpson and me.

See you at CAMP! —Kat

Longer board terms under proposed bylaws 

By Katherine Ann Rowlands,
JAWS President

To build on the institutional knowledge of the board and create more continuity, members will be asked at CAMP in October to amend the JAWS bylaws so that board members can be re-elected. Board members are currently prohibited from serving consecutive terms, resulting in turnover that is slowing our momentum in membership, programming and fundraising. We will still put an emphasis on bringing new members to the board, which has a minimum of 11 and no maximum, but creating the opportunity for some to be elected for more than a single two-year term will help us mature as an organization. The proposed changes will be sent to all members prior to CAMP, when we vote.

Board member blog

Counting down the days until CAMP

By Jennifer DePaul,
JAWS Board Member

JAWS CAMP is only one month away!

For me, the best part about JAWS CAMP is rekindling those long-distance relationships and creating new ones. It’s about re-energizing myself as a journalist who unfortunately sometimes becomes skeptical about the industry. While it may only be three short days, they are some of the most memorable of my entire year. I feel like a new woman after CAMP!

This will be my third JAWS CAMP, and I’m excited as ever. Read more... 

Update on CAMP Lodging

By Becky Day, Executive Director 


We are delighted to report that CAMP registrations are pouring in!

However, that also means that rooms at the Essex are sold out, so we are finding additional accommodations at the nearby Marriott Courtyard (802-879-0100) to handle the overflow.

I’ve contracted with the Marriott Courtyard (just five miles and less then 20 minutes from the Essex) to offer JAWS members a king studio suite with one king bed and a pull-out sofa for $129 per night Oct. 25 – 27. There is a two-night minimum stay required to get this rate, and it does not include the Marriott breakfast (but that’s OK because you’ll have breakfast at the Essex as part of your CAMP registration).

The deadline for making a reservation at this discounted rate is OCT. 4, 2013. I hope the deal on the room will help compensate for not being at the Essex and make it possible for you to come to CAMP. We’ll work out carpooling to get JAWS campers to and from the Courtyard and the Essex.

Call 802-879-0100 to make your reservation at the Courtyard.

And don’t forget to use the listserv to find a roommate and share travel and lodging info with fellow campers on our shared Google doc

Look forward to seeing you at CAMP!

Register for CAMP
Book a Marriott room (802) 879-0100

First online auction to launch 

By Lisen Stromberg,
JAWS Board Member

We already have dream vacations in Mexico, Florida, Vermont and Utah. We are working to secure even more great places to travel with your friends and family. 

Now we need other great ways to connect. Do you or someone you know have a special skill? Maybe you’re a pro at radio reporting or know the ins and outs of how to make the best use of Facebook for journalists. Or, is your BFF someone renowned? Would you be willing to a host a dinner party with him or her for the JAWS auction? We would love to have special skills and fun events to ensure our auction has something for everyone.

Contact Lisen Stromberg with your auction item ideas. 

Bidding opens on Oct. 18 and is open to all JAWS members. Auction closes on Oct. 27

Send a fellow to CAMP

By Jessica Rettig, JAWS Secretary

Our GoFundMe campaign has been a great success so far, but we need JAWS members to help us reach our goal! We’re hoping to raise $10,000 to bring this year’s 10 fellowship winners to CAMP. This year’s fellows were selected from a record number of applicants, based on a combination of experience, merit, promise, financial need and diversity. Learn more about the fellowship program and to donate.

Just $15 would help us keep the momentum going strong! And if you've already donated or don’t have any extra funds to spare, please help us spread the word by sharing the campaign with your friends and family and across your social networks! 
Ensure women’s voices are heard

JAWS website redesigned

Check it out!

By Lauren M. Whaley, President-Elect 


After months of hand coding, we have finally launched the new version of our website. I hope you’ll love the visuals, the posts and the streamlined organization! 

I am thrilled to integrate more compelling visual components as well as our ever-growing social media into our site to better serve our members, to attract funders and to show the world how amazing our organization truly is. I’m hoping you all can help me find more creative ways to highlight our amazing members and attract those who should support women in journalism! This is just the beginning!
Over the next several months, we’re going to be launching a more robust members-only section. Note: We’ll also have the occasional member blog post beginning this week with Linda Deutsch! 
Visit the new JAWS website

Member blog post 

AP correspondent reflects on March on Washington

By Linda Deutsch, JAWS Member


Through the years, when I tell people that I covered the 1963 civil rights march on Washington, they often ask: “Did you know?”
They mean did I know I was present at the making of history? Did I know I was hearing one of the greatest speeches of all time — Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech?” Did I know that the nation would change because of this day?
The answer seems to be yes.

Honoring Dinah Witchel 

By Becky Day, Executive Director 

I’m sure I was just one of many women who spent time this month reflecting on the remarkable career of Dinah Witchel. Her work as an author, editor and writer inspired women everywhere, no more so than with her long involvement as a member of the Journalism & Women Symposium. I can’t remember a time when she wasn’t on the JAWS membership roster. In 2001 when we cancelled the JAWS annual conference because of 9/11, Dinah and other New Yorkers rallied, pulled together another program and invited JAWS members to come to New York to help heal the city and share some of that special warmth we have at JAWS. That November, Dinah hosted a huge brunch at her brownstone and had a book signing for Carolyn Heilbrun’s latest book. Dinah was one of those pioneer women in journalism and a special friend of JAWS.

To honor her work and contributions to advancing women in journalism, her family has asked folks to please consider a donation to JAWS and the JAWS Fellowships. Donations can be made online or you can mail your donation to JAWS, 15 Hillsdale Road, Lawrenceville, N.J.  08648.
Give in Dinah’s memory

JAWS, U of Missouri partner in oral history project 

A research team from the University of Missouri is partnering with JAWS to collect a series of oral history interviews to document the professional careers, work experiences and life of women journalists who have participated in JAWS and helped advance women in the media. 
The project is led by Dr. Yong Volz, an associate professor at the Missouri School of Journalism and a fellow at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, through which this oral history project is funded. Two doctoral students, Teri Finneman and Youn-Joo Park, will also be helping with the collecting of these oral histories.
According to Volz, this oral history project aims to record the rich and varied experiences of women who made inroads into the traditionally male-dominated field of journalism. The accounts of JAWS members will advance our understanding of the strategies and circumstances that have facilitated or hindered their career advancement, and serve as a resource for the next generation and those who seek to foster diversity in the field. Furthermore, a systematic collection of these institutional memories of JAWS can also provide insights into how women journalists’ professional identities are collectively shared and shaped through gender-based associations like JAWS.
The research team has just finished the archival research on the history of JAWS and our early members. Yong and her team have been struck by the commitment to women’s empowerment exhibited in early newsletters and correspondence. In the next few months, they are going to contact select JAWS members to invite them to participate in this project. They will also attend the upcoming CAMP to meet the JAWS group and to conduct some onsite oral histories. Volz expressed that she and her team are looking forward to getting to know the members of the JAWS group, to hear their stories, and to learn about their experiences with JAWS.

Advisor Update 

Since the last JAWS CAMP in Albuquerque, advisory board member Diana B. Henriques has done a little mopping up from Hurricane Sandy in her hometown of Hoboken, N.J.; heard “Scandal” star and talented actress Kerry Washington give a fabulous commencement address at the George Washington University, on whose board of trustees she serves; and done a whole lot of teaching, in the classroom and beyond.

One of the highlights of the year so far was her one-semester tenure as a Ferris Visiting Professor of Writing at Princeton University. She led a tiny seminar (only six students!) in a weekly seminar called “The Journalism of Fraud,” which focused on the world of white-collar crime. Each student had to identify, research and profile a specific con artist — unfortunately, there is an abundant supply to choose from. Staying on the lovely Princeton campus was a huge plus â€” the magnolias in the spring, the fabulous ice cream at The Bent Spoon on Palmer Square, an unforgettable sushi lunch with Nobel laureate economist and Princeton professor Paul Krugman and an equally memorable meal with the incomparable John McPhee, a fellow Ferris professor and one of Diana’s idols since her earliest days as a writer.

Another teaching opportunity took Diana across the globe to Kiev, Ukraine, where she was part of a faculty of Western journalists imported to lead an incredibly talented group of Ukrainian business journalists in an intensive weeklong boot camp, the first of four monthly sessions they will attend this year. She led workshops on ethics, using data effectively, investigative techniques and basic financial coverage. Diana said it was an inspiring experience. The reality of a “free press” is less than 20 years old in Ukraine, and she found these young journalists to be brave, funny and wonderfully ambitious for themselves and for their new country. (Yes, the topic of covering white-collar crime did come up occasionally in Kiev, too!)

It all would have been a splendid adventure if only Diana’s left knee had been more cooperative. A torn meniscus in April, arthroscopic surgery in May, respite for a few days and then complications (“insufficiency fractures,” the X-ray showed). Crutches, cortisone shots and a canceled November trip to London rounded out the list of consequences. At latest report, though, Diana is getting around slowly but fairly comfortably with a cane; she does not expect any of this to slow her down one bit when JAWS gathers for CAMP in Essex, Vt.!

Oh, about Hurricane Sandy: her husband actually did most of the mopping up. Diana was stranded (along with many other East Coast JAWS CAMPers) at a gorgeous desert resort near Albuquerque, and could not fly home until four days after the storm. She sends along a big hug and thanks to all Andrea Stone and all the other terrific JAWS women who brought her margaritas and kept her from obsessing over the scenes of flooded Hoboken on CNN.
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