What an election we’re going to have this year!
The members running to join the JAWS Board of Directors are a diverse group ethnically, geographically and age-wise. Their experience runs the gamut from freelance reporters to newsroom staffers and public broadcasting leaders. At least one or two are past Fellows, have been regional leaders or have served on JAWS committees.
Join Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) for a public speaking webinar that will help you gain the confidence to get on stage and share your expertise.
“Talk The Walk: Public Speaking Tips To Enhance Your Career” with Michele Weldon will take place on September 14 at 11 a.m. Central Standard Time.
We’re excited to announce Andrea Crowley-Hughes as our new digital communication manager.
Andrea is a New Jersey-based writer and media maker with a passion for helping women and underrepresented journalists thrive.
Social media is an extension of your brand whether it’s for personal use as a journalist or on behalf of your news organization. It can make or break a first impression. It can also deepen relationships with existing audiences. But knowing how to shape content for various platforms can be tricky, especially because these spaces are constantly changing.
By Marina Villeneuve, CAMP co-chair
This year at the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP), we’re celebrating the act of veering off the beaten path and speaking truth to power.
And in that vein, we are so excited to announce our two keynote speakers: Nikole Hannah-Jones, a domestic correspondent for The New York Times Magazine focusing on racial injustice, and Lynn Sweet, a columnist and Washington Bureau Chief at the Chicago Sun-Times.
By Nicole Raz, JAWS fellowships co-chair
JAWS members in Las Vegas held a panel on salary negotiation and here are some takeaways from the panel.
Find out how much your colleagues earn, and share your salary as well. How? Ask them! Do this once you have established a rapport.
By Lindsey Anderson, CAMP co-chair
Registration for CAMP 2017 is in full swing – and a slate of engaging and enlightening sessions is already lined up.
Sessions this year are organized around three themes:
Going Deep: Focused on specific reporting topics to build your expertise
Your Path: How to navigate career hurdles and find opportunities to advance
Reporter’s Toolkit: Concrete tips and tools to help you hone your trade
Here is a preview of some sessions.
By Roxanne Foster, JAWS operations director
You asked, we delivered: we have two exciting pre-conference workshops planned on podcasting and leadership skills.
In 2013, men hosted 70 percent of the 100 most popular podcasts in the world (Bitch Magazine) and the number of women leaders and employees has remained stubbornly flat since the nineties (ASNE).
All you trailblazers out there working to reverse those stats, these are for you.
Have you ever had a file crash or become unreadable? Have you ever lost published content when an online magazine you worked for went bust? If so, you’ve learned a hard truth about digital information: it’s easy to copy and easy to share, but it can be frustratingly hard to save. Digital files become corrupted; storage media become obsolete. Tight budgets at most publications mean that there are few resources to allocate towards formal preservation programs. Yet all the work journalists produce on a daily basis–from our reporting to our finished articles–continues to be valuable long after deadline and should be saved.
In case you haven’t heard, we have two leadership workshops planned for 2017 – one in the Bay Area (June 24) and one in New York (July 28). Jill Geisler and her team of veteran media leaders will share their collective wisdom, as well as offer personalized coaching throughout the one-day, interactive training. If you’ve been thinking about attending but haven’t registered for one in your area, now’s the time to do so. There are a limited number of seats at the table and we’ve started sharing the news about them far and wide. Don’t wait because we’d love to see you there!
By Andrea Stone, JAWS membership committee co-chair
The board of directors voted at their spring meeting to approve new membership categories and fees designed to keep up with the changing nature of our profession and to keep JAWS a viable organization.
By Roxanne Foster, JAWS Operations Director
We’re excited to launch what we hope will be the first of many webinars this year by bringing in JAWdess Marissa Evans to help those of us whose online portfolios are in need of some TLC. Whether you need help with getting started, think your site just needs a bit of tweaking or are contemplating a complete overhaul of your website, this two-part series can help!
As 2016 draws to a close and the season of giving begins, we’re looking forward to 2017 and all that we’d like to do to further our mission of “supporting the professional empowerment and personal growth of women in journalism.”
This year, we’re participating in Giving Tuesday (Nov. 29) and are asking you to join us. We’re asking you to give to JAWS in honor of the women in your life – especially the JAWdesses who inspire you to “lift as you climb.”
Give the cost of a week’s worth of coffee prepared by your favorite barista. Ask your family and friends to give to JAWS in lieu of buying you something else you don’t really need (or want) this holiday season.
Story and photo by Betty Medsger
Congratulations to Betsy Wade, a journalism hero.
This JAWS pioneer was given a lifetime achievement award on Nov. 16 by the Society of the Silurians, an organization of veteran journalists in New York. Many JAWS members were present to honor her.
What a life of service to the profession Betsy has led. Her achievements have benefited journalists throughout the country by leading the way in making it possible for women to be hired in greater numbers in the nation’s newsrooms. In 1974, she was the lead plaintiff in a class action suit filed by women at The New York Times, where she had been hired in 1956 as the paper’s first woman copy editor in the paper’s 105-year history.
Remarks on social media from members of the Journalism and Women Symposium regarding journalist Gwen Ifill’s passing.
Photo courtesy PBS NewsHour