About JAWS

About JAWS: Our history, member memorials, board members, committees and blogroll, president’s letters.

Lottie Joiner

Lottie Joiner is the interim editor-in-chief of The Crisis magazine and a Washington, D.C.-based freelance journalist. She covers race, social justice, civil rights and African American culture. Her work focuses on issues that impact minorities, women, marginalized and underserved communities. She has written for The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Time.com, Vox.com, The Undefeated, Essence magazine and TheAtlantic.com.

In Memory: Rita Henley Jensen

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Over and over, Rita Henley Jensen‘s friends and colleagues describe her as “a force.” They call her formidable and extraordinary. Jensen used those strengths to fight her way out of poverty and into an award-winning career in journalism, working all the while to amplify women’s voices and advocate for their health and welfare.

Jensen, the founder of Women’s eNews and of the Jane Crow Project, died Oct. 18 of breast cancer, according to her daughter, Ariel Jensen-Vargas. She was 70.

Andrea Stone

andrea-stoneAndrea Stone is director of career services at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, where she loves her job, helping launch the careers of a new generation of journalists.

Term expires Oct. 2018

Emily DeRuy

Born and raised in the Bay Area, Emily DeRuy covers higher education for the Bay Area News Group, including the Mercury News and East Bay Times. She splits her time between San Jose and Oakland.

In Memory: Carole Kay

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JAWS member Carole Ashkinaze Kay, a pioneering journalist who served as the first woman on the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s editorial board, died of cancer Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, in hospice in Atlanta.

Carole shared her hospice news with JAWS and her other friends in early August, continuing to read the email list and sharing her life on Facebook.

“Journalism and Women Symposium members are saddened by Carole’s passing,” said JAWS President Sandra Fish. “Carole and her career embodied the JAWS mission to support ‘the professional empowerment and personal growth of women in journalism’ and to work ’toward a more accurate portrayal of the whole society.’ “

Rachel Sams

Rachel Sams is editor-in-chief of Albuquerque Business First, where she manages newsroom strategy and has the privilege of helping amazing journalists do their best work online every day and in print once a week. She joined ABF in 2009 as associate editor.

Deputy Vice President: Jane Isay

Before becoming a writer, Jane Isay was an editor and publisher for over 40 years, publishing a broad range of nonfiction, with a special focus on psychology. She developed the Yale University Press’s distinguished list in the behavioral sciences and published leading psychoanalysts and child development experts.

In Memory: Sherry E. Conohan

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“Sherry E. Conohan had a career in journalism that spanned more than 50 years. She began her career with a degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. She was vice president of Alpha Chi Omega sorority and was past president of the University of Missouri Alumni Association of New Jersey.

As a journalist, she worked in Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, New York and New Jersey. She had numerous assignments for UPI and Gannett and traveled extensively. [Conohan] reported directly from the tumultuous 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago. [Her] forte was political reporting and also covered many of the larger New Jersey crime investigations.

She won many journalism awards and was an active member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Journalism and Women Symposium.”

Dori J. Maynard Believed ‘Journalism and Life Demand All Voices’

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This article was originally posted on Nieman Foundation News.

By Mary C. Curtis, JAWS member

It’s hard to imagine the world without Dori Maynard in it. She leaves an incredible legacy and has touched so many. You can hear it in the many tributes greeting the news of her death. How did she manage to do so much in 56 years? How could she be so many places, making speeches and driving home the point that journalism and life demand all voices in order to work in any accurate and meaningful way—and then offering wise counsel and a sympathetic ear in a late-night phone call to a friend?

Last year, when we both happened to be in New York on business, we met for brunch and—since it was a beautiful day—walked and walked and talked and talked. I will carry that day with me now. She was sweet, kind, funny and fierce. And even when her message was serious she made it with such clarity and charm that everyone got it.

Statement from JAWS Board of Directors: Mourning the passing of Dori J. Maynard

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Journalism & Women Symposium logoThe Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) was honored to have Dori J. Maynard serve on our Advisory Board since 2012. As a lifelong journalist with a deep commitment to improving the craft and reflecting the diversity of our communities in news coverage, Dori was admired by many.

Dori was a natural, and welcome, addition to the JAWS community. The group’s mission, to support the professional empowerment and personal growth of women in journalism and work toward a more accurate portrayal of the whole society, aligned well with Dori’s passion for teaching and showing journalists how bringing diverse sources to their stories made them more accurate.

Secretary: Mira Lowe

Mira Lowe is Director of the Innovation News Center (INC) at the University of Florida, College of Journalism and Communications. The INC is a working newsroom covering North Central Florida and staffed with over 100 student journalists guided by nine news professionals each semester. News is distributed on multiple broadcast and digital platforms, including WUFT-FM and WUFT-TV, the local NPR and PBS affiliates, and WUFT.org.