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Help us reach our goal for the 30th Anniversary Annual Fund

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countdown_JAWSdonate2016Thanks to everyone who has already donated to Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) in 2015, we are close to meeting our goal to raise $60,000 for our 30th Anniversary Annual Fund. If you are still making year-end charitable donations, please include JAWS, which is growing to meet the needs of women in journalism with training, year-round mentoring, regular events in our regional hubs and our annual CAMP. Here’s how to make your tax-deductible donation with just a click so that we can continue to provide great programming and support in the year ahead.

Know that your donation will aid our mission in supporting the professional empowerment and personal growth of women in journalism and works toward a more accurate portrayal of the whole society.

Share your best work of 2015

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20151010_CAMP_038v2The end of the year is a great time to look back at our accomplishments of the previous year. So we wanted to remind everyone about some of the best work of our members.

Please send us links to no more than two things that you are most proud. We’ll collect everyone’s nominations and distribute them in the December newsletter, as well as on

Join the global movement by giving to JAWS on Giving Tuesday

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By Pamela Moreland, JAWS Development Committee Chair

Giving Tuesday is Dec. 1, just around the corner. It’s the perfect time to make a significant donation to JAWS.

Giving Tuesday is a global day for giving back, a day to turn around from all the consumerism that fills the holiday season and turn toward the nonprofits that work to make the world a better place.

Not to brag, but JAWS is one of those nonprofits.

The mission of our organization is to support “the professional empowerment and personal growth of women in journalism” and work “toward a more accurate portrayal of the whole society.”

JAWS auction update: Thank you!

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Better Kat picBy Kat Rowlands, Development Director

Competitive shopping made for lots of happy JAWS members this month as jewelry, books, vacation homes and professional coaching were all snapped up at the on-site auction at the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) and in the online auction open to all via BiddingForGood. All the money raised in the auctions goes toward supporting programming at CAMP and during the rest of the year.

Make a difference: Support JAWS with auction purchases

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By Pam Moreland, JAWS Board Member

Shopping to support JAWS and its programs. It’s easy. It’s competitive. It’s fun and it’s for a good cause.

The best part is you play a part of the entire event.

Bring something to the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) for the auction. Jewelry. Media swag. Scarves. Cool tanks, Ts, and sweatshirts to complete that athleisure look. Personal services (one-on-one sessions sharing your expertise with JAWS members, their family and their friends). Gift cards. Guided tours of favorite spots in NYC, DC, ATL or LA.

Money raised through the auction goes to underwrite JAWS and its programs. Here’s how it works.

CAMP 2015: JAWS election for 2016 Board of Directors

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The Nominating Committee is delighted to present the slate for the JAWS Board of Directors and Officers. The election will take place during the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) in October. The membership will elect a vice president and five new directors.

The committee worked hard to ensure that the recommended candidates will provide the requisite skills, knowledge and wisdom that JAWS needs as well as contribute to the diversity of the Board of Directors by reflecting the membership in all its glorious identities. As always, this is a never-ending quest. We encourage all members to continue developing themselves and nurturing others so future Nominating Committees can draw again on a richly diverse pool of talent in the years to come.

JAWS President-Elect Sandra Fish’s statement on shooting of WDBJ-TV reporting team

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Journalism and Women Symposium offers heartfelt condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of Alison Parker and Adam Ward, the WDBJ-TV reporting team shot and killed while on assignment Wednesday morning. As fellow journalists, we are particularly saddened that these two professionals were taken from us and their community in the prime of their lives. We grieve their deaths with the rest of the nation.

Journalism and Women Symposium supports the professional empowerment and personal growth of women in journalism and works toward a more accurate portrayal of the whole society.

Board member blog post: Journalist and author Patricia Raybon on book writing

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PatriciaRaybonBy Sandra Fish, JAWS President-Elect

Photo credit Dan Raybon

“Little hinges open big doors,” journalist and book author Patricia Raybon said at a talk on May 21 sponsored by Colorado SPJ Pro and the Journalism and Women Symposium at the Denver Press Club.

Raybon and her daughter, Alana Raybon, are authors of the recently released book “Undivided: A Muslim Daughter, Her Christian Mother and Their Path to Peace.” It is Raybon’s fifth book.

Their collaboration has been featured on The Today Show, the Tavis Smiley Show and more.

In talking about her career – from reporter and editor at the Denver Post to journalism professor at the University of Colorado Boulder to book author – Raybon outlined the seven hinges that led her to book writing.

Meet the 2015 Diversity Fellow Charisse Gibson

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CharisseGibsonThe Journalism and Women Symposium each year selects one journalist from a community traditionally underrepresented in the media, and whose work supports diversity. The Financial Times is generously underwriting the JAWS Diversity Fellowship. A proud New Orleans native and the 2015 Diversity Fellow, Charisse Gibson is the Morning Anchor at KSLA News 12 “This Morning” in Shreveport, Louisiana.

When not on the anchor desk, Gibson is reporting for her “Family First” franchise, telling the life stories of notable African Americans in Northwest Louisiana. Check out her story about the first black police officer on the Shreveport police force here and here. And the story of a folk artist who grew up on a Louisiana plantation here.

Meet the 2015 Entrepreneurial Fellow Claritza Jiménez

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ClaritzaJimenezClaritza Jiménez is a television news producer and video journalist. She produces international news as part of the Latin America team at Associated Press Television News (APTN) in Washington, D.C. Some of the biggest stories she has worked on include the shift in U.S.-Cuba diplomatic relations and the election of Pope Francis.

Jiménez, who is a native Spanish speaker, started her journalism career at the CBS stations in Chicago and Dallas. She was awarded an Investigative Journalism Fellowship at American University’s School of Communication, where she earned a Master of Arts in journalism.

Introducing 2015 Next Step Fellowship recipient E.J. Graff

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EJGraffE.J. Graff first came to Journalism and Women Symposium’s Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) in Oregon in 2004. Like so many of us, she immediately fell in love with this raucous, welcoming sisterhood of other irreverent, curious, fabulous journalists ready to throw open their homes and contact lists whenever she asked. Since then she has served on the Board of Directors, chaired the fundraising committee, caused trouble, donated money and, with Jodi Enda, won the “Sneaky Shark” award at JAWS CAMP in New Hampshire in 2008 (go ahead, ask).

Graff entered journalism in the 1980s, contributing to the then-marginalized gay and feminist press. During the 1990s she began reporting about LGBT life for the mainstream, and in doing so, helping to pioneer the gender and sexuality “beat.” Her work has since appeared in a wide range of publications, including The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, Newsweek, The Advocate, The New Republic and Slate. Graff has published two books: “What Is Marriage For? The Strange Social History of Our Most Intimate Institution” and Mass. Lt. Gov. Evelyn Murphy’s book “Getting Even: Why Women Still Don’t Get Paid Like Men—and What To Do So We Will.”

Call for Nominations

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By Melinda Voss, Nominations Chair and past board member

On behalf of the Nominations Committee, it is my pleasure to invite JAWS members to submit names of qualified nominees for serving as an officer or board member of the 2015-16 Journalism and Women Symposium Board of Directors. Nominations are being accepted until July 1 for these positions:

  • Vice president
  • Deputy vice president (in place of a president-elect)
  • Four board positions

Serving on the Board of Directors is a rich opportunity to contribute to JAWS, to help develop the organization and expand one’s leadership skills.

Contribute to the JAWS Fellowship campaign

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supportJAWScampaign2015By Kira Zalan, JAWS Fellowship Chair

This is an exciting time for the JAWS Fellowship Committee. We are in the midst of reviewing 105 applications to select the 2015 class of fellows. Our goal is to introduce the 13 recipients to you by June 15.

We have two dozen volunteers assigned to selection committees, many of them recent fellows. It’s heartening to see so many fellowship recipients give back to JAWS by helping organize regional events, supporting various committees and serving on the board of directors.

As we enter our fellowship fundraising season, I’d like to provide a bit of history of how we got here.