DENVER – Journalism and Women Symposium and the National Society of Newspaper Columnists are creating a partnership to share and promote their conferences and work.
JAWS’ mission is to support “the professional empowerment and personal growth of women in journalism” and to work “toward a more accurate portrayal of the whole society.” What started as a small group of female journalists in the 1980s has grown into a thriving nonprofit organization of more than 800 women journalists.
You may have noticed there’s an election going on.
Many of us are covering it at some level; most of us are talking about it.
JAWS members Jodi Enda at CNN, Lynn Sweet at the Chicago Sun-Times, Caitlyn Huey-Burns and others are out on the campaign trail. Joanne Bamberger edited the book “Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox” and is often seen commenting on the election (though not seen often enough). Meanwhile JAWS board member Angela Greiling Keane continues to stalk, I mean, cover the current president for Bloomberg News. Even I have been to see Donald Trump in New Mexico and Colorado.
Give a little? Or a little more?
We’re still a ways from our crowdfunding goal to bring 13 wonderful women to CAMP as fellows.
If you haven’t already donated, consider kicking in a little (though we’d take a lot too!). If each member kicked in just $10 this week, we’ll meet our fundraising goal of $15,000.
I’ve already asked my friends and family to donate (and many of them have, including a few who surprised me!) via email, Twitter and Facebook. I’d urge you to seek out help from your friends too.
In the meantime, today I’ll be going to our crowdfunding site to give just a little bit more! I hope you’ll join me!
On another matter, someone needs to replace me.
Not immediately, I’ll be JAWS president through CAMP 2017, and my successor will take over as president-elect this October.
But we are also looking to build the board of the future, so we’re seeking nominations that the membership can vote on in October, with terms to begin after our Sunday morning membership meeting at CAMP.
October may be months away, but the JAWS board and staff are working tirelessly to ensure that our annual Conference and Mentoring Program, aka CAMP, is filled with great programming.
One of my favorite highlights of CAMP is meeting our fellows, from young women in the early years of our career to longtime JAWS members, making a transition to new ways of doing journalism.
We will again have 13 fellows this year, with one – the Diversity Fellowship – fully funded thanks to a grant from the Financial Times.
We all want to succeed in our careers.
And JAWS is helping us succeed in a variety of ways, formally and informally.
One of the best examples is our recent leadership training sessions in Chicago and Washington, D.C., with Jill Geisler and her team of coaches.
Jill shared her solid lessons gleaned from experience as a broadcast newsroom manager; holding a masters degree in leadership; working at Poynter Institute guiding their leadership and management programs; holding the Bill Plante chair in leadership and media integrity at Loyola University in Chicago.
It’s time to do something about those all-male panels we keep hearing about, at least in journalism.
Where are the expert women journalists?
They’re in Journalism and Women Symposium, and JAWS is offering a solution to diversify journalism panels.
A New Yorker cartoon portrays a group of men addressing an audience. The caption: “The subject of tonight’s discussion is: why are there no women on this panel?”
The lack of women or people of color on panels is a problem across virtually all professions.
When it comes to inclusion, we can all do a better job.
It’s a lot like the constant learning that comes with being a journalist.
At the just-concluded NICAR 2016 convention in Denver, I co-facilitated a conversation session sponsored by Knight-Mozilla OpenNews on “Inclusion Solutions.”
We had an excellent discussion, with plenty of ideas. Many of those ideas don’t need managers to make them happen. They just need us to be more aware and supportive of our colleagues.
How often do you check out the JAWS member directory?
I check it out pretty frequently, looking for JAWdesses in Colorado, New Mexico or the next place i’m visiting. Sometimes I look for women with a reporting or editing specialty. Other times, I’m looking for people in specific journalism groups to help me make connections
We moved to a more robust members-only site two years ago, and I’m hoping we can begin to take more advantage of its features in 2016.
As 2015 draws to a close it’s time to look ahead.
Your Journalism and Women Symposium board of directors is planning some exciting events for 2016.
Of course, there’s the Conference and Mentoring Program, aka CAMP, which will be at the Hotel Roanoke in Roanoke, Va., Oct. 28-30. Camp co-chairs Justine Griffin and Marina Villeneuve are already putting together what we know will be a great program of keynote speakers, panel and fun times.
Now is the time to share your ideas with them. The guidelines are here, while the form to submit a panel or speaker idea is here. Your participation is what makes our annual conference such a wonderful experience, so please share!
It’s the giving time of year.
Time to focus on what matters in our lives and be grateful for all we have – family, friends, home, health, careers. Time to give of ourselves to others.
I hope that Journalism and Women Symposium is on the list of what you’re thankful for. I know JAWS is on my list.
I’m thankful for the women journalists around the country who are my friends because of JAWS. Thankful that I can email or call them if I have a career question. Thankful that if I’m traveling, we can get together to share shoptalk. Thankful for CAMP, which is always an invigorating weekend where we add new friends to the old. Thankful for our email list where we can ask questions, draw on the expertise of others, share job posts, share the work we’re proud of.
Why I love JAWS:
Friendships old and new.
Shared wisdom, formal and informal.
Support in a noncompetitive environment.
Costumes, karaoke and dancing!
We left CAMP (aka the Conference and Mentoring Program) rejuvenated.
We gained new journalism knowledge (so much I can’t even summarize it), serendipitous connections, memories of Glacier National Park and more to take home with us.
About 200 professional women journalists flocked to Whitefish, Montana, for the 30th annual Journalism and Women Symposium’s Conference and Mentoring Program Oct. 9-11.
JAWS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports the professional empowerment and personal growth of women in journalism and works toward a more accurate portrayal of the whole society.
Los Angeles Times managing editor S. Mitra Kalita led a discussion about the women feminism left behind as a part of the keynote discussion at the 30th anniversary CAMP.
Thirteen journalists were awarded fellowships through JAWS’ fellowship programs for early career, entrepreneurial, midcareer and diversity journalists.
I know from those of you I’ve met in person and from reading posts from so many more on the listserv, that this is not a group of women shy about speaking up.
We recently sent out a general membership survey. This is the first one in over two years, and we need to hear from you. The survey gives you an opportunity to share what you want from JAWS, and it also seeks to gather information about our membership that will help the new board serve you better and evaluate how well we are working to fulfill our mission.
And that’s not your only opportunity to speak up.
I’m very pleased to announce that Aminda “Mindy” Marqués Gonzalez has joined the Journalism and Women Symposium Advisory Board.
Mindy is executive editor and vice president for news at The Miami Herald, the first Hispanic in that position. She started at the paper as an intern, proof to all you interns reading this that you can work your way up. I met Mindy when she interrupted her career at the Herald to serve as Miami bureau chief for People magazine, but she returned to the Herald in 2007 and served as multimedia editor, Sunday/Features editor and managing editor before being named to her current post.
Her passion was contagious. Sitting on stage after the Washington, D.C., Feb. 14 screening of “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry,” Marlene Sanders recalled both the battles she had fought in newsrooms against sexism and the battles she covered on streets full of protesting feminists. She told us that it had been a constant struggle to convince her editors to cover the women’s movement, but she persisted and succeeded and talks about it in the film.
Marlene Sanders was a true pioneer. She died at age 84 on July 14.
As The New York Times reported, Marlene started her career with ABC and later worked for CBS. She was a “first” more than a few times throughout her career, a role model and inspiration for so many women broadcasters.
JAWS member Lynn Povich had this to share when asked about Marlene: “It’s just a small but meaningful thing,” she emailed me.
In response to the recent Tim Hunt immolation, I asked myself: Do co-workers fall in love with you? Or vice versa? Do you cry when criticized?
Well actually, yes.
I met Steve when we were working in the AP bureau together in San Francisco. We will celebrate our 38th anniversary next month. As office romances go, it wasn’t particularly torrid. We always seemed to work different shifts (the joys of the AP’s 24/7 scheduling) and after a few months he left to work at a local paper. I thought we had successfully hidden the relationship from colleagues, but they later told me they all knew. (No reporter wants to admit to being scooped).
While I can’t recall a specific instance, I know there were times in the early years of my career when I came close to tears if not actually cried while being criticized. This would happen when I felt the criticism was unfair and that I was powerless against my supervisor.
This month I attended Georgetown’s commencement and had the honor of hooding our journalism graduate students. It didn’t take long. Not many journalism degrees were handed out in comparison with degrees in public relations, sports management, real estate and other fields where job prospects are more secure.
That’s why I am so impressed with the passion and dedication of those students who choose to follow careers in journalism. And I was pleased to see several JAWS members among this year’s grads (shout out to Brittany Bremer, Heather Curtis and Julie Gilkison. Also Nicole Lewis, in absentia).
It is my hope that the JAWS network will be there for them and for all of us at every stage in our careers to provide support, resources and perhaps most importantly friendship.
In just six months, the Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) will celebrate “Women Making News for 30 Years” at our anniversary CAMP Oct. 9-11 in Whitefish, Mont. Start making your plans to be there to toast our herstory and our future. Register now by clicking here and then give Grouse Mountain Lodge a call to reserve your room.
CAMP chairs Gina Setser and Emily Shenk are lining up a stellar program. Sessions are in the works on long-form journalism, election finance, avoiding the campaign spin (just in time for your 2016 reporting), teaching journalism, the ethics of crossing lines and so much more. Hilary Powell is organizing another lineup of tech-on-one trainers to cover all the skills and apps you need to succeed. This year’s Fran Lewine Interview will feature Linda Deutsch interviewing trailblazing journalist Edie Lederer. A special plenary session will focus on diversity in tribute to the work of the late Dori Maynard, a member of the JAWS Advisory Board. And stay tuned for announcements about keynote speakers and for details on a screening of “Difret” with producer Dr. Mehret Mandefro (thanks to a great suggestion from Kathy Bonk).
D.C. events are known for their quotients of power brokers and influencers. So perhaps it wasn’t that unusual to find six past presidents gathered at the National Press Club on March 20.
But how often do you find past presidents and their supporters munching on cookies featuring a curvaceous pink shark with big red lips?