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Member blog post: Closing journalism’s gender gap, a forum on women and leadership

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SarahDWireBy Sarah D. Wire, JAWS member

At least a dozen JAWS members joined colleagues discussing ways to help more women achieve leadership positions in journalism Monday, June 30, at the National Press Club. The event, sponsored by The National Press Club Journalism Institute and The Poynter Institute, is available here.

Jill Geisler, senior faculty for Poynter’s leadership and management division, and Kelly McBride, Poynter’s vice president of academic programs, moderated the discussion. On the panel were New York Times Washington bureau chief Carolyn Ryan, National Geographic editor in chief Susan Goldberg, NPR News executive editor Madhulika Sikka, Politico managing editor Rachel Smolkin and McClatchy Newspapers vice president of news Anders Gyllenhaal.

Staying at La Quinta Resort and Club for CAMP

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guestRoomThe 2014 Conference and Mentoring Project Oct. 31 to Nov. 2 will be packed with practical and inspiring sessions, all held in a beautiful resort near Palm Springs, California, known as Hollywood’s playground.

The La Quinta Resort and Club is one of the original getaways for Hollywood’s stars. If you hear typing late into the night from the room next door, it might not be a fellow JAWdess, but the ghost of Frank Capra writing the script for “It’s a Wonderful Life.” (Yes, he wrote it in one of the suites at the resort.)

Rooms at the resort are separate from registration. Click here to book your room at the special JAWS rate of $149 a night. Rooms must be booked by Sept. 30, 2014, to secure this special rate.

June 2014: Behind the scenes

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Whaleyd0e0abDear JAWS members:

I want to take this time to share with you not only some of the exciting opportunities we have been working on (see Fellowships! Regional gatherings! Member news! CAMP!), but also some of the work we have doing behind the scenes to keep JAWS functioning and improving.

We now have organizational documents posted online behind our members-only site. There, you will find committee names and members, our 2014 budget and our 2014 development plan. We will continue to add documents to this area.

Regional gatherings recap: June 2014

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JAWSNYCJAWS NYC: About 25 fabulous women converged on the East Side of Manhattan for a late spring gathering at Merrill Perlman’s apartment on June 12. Because most people brought dishes familiar on tapas menus, we called it a “tapaluck” rather than a potluck. Ruthie Padawer drove in from New Jersey to be an amazing co-hostess. Among our special guests were Margaret Sullivan, the public editor of the New York Times, being introduced to JAWS; longtime JAWdesses Betsy Wade, Joy Cook, Liz Seegert and Geneva Overholser; and a lot of new members or those who had not yet been to a JAWS event, including Kira Goldenberg, Hanan Kamal – who brought a wonderful lentil and rice dish – Meral Agish, Yvonne Leow and Stephanie Hughes, who just moved to New York and started a job at Bloomberg.

Investigative Training from Start to Finish

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JAWS is thrilled to announce Investigative Training from Start to Finish, which is an all-day investigative training on Oct. 30 BEFORE the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP). It will be led by four of the best investigative reporters in the world — Jennifer LaFleur, Rosemary Armao, Susy Schultz and Maud Beelman, who have all won awards for their work. Jennifer is senior editor of digital journalism at The Center for Investigative Reporting and was the first training director for Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE). Rosemary is an associate professor at Ohio State University, was executive director of IRE and a past JAWS president. Susy is also a former JAWS president, current JAWS vice president and president of the Community Media Workshop in Chicago. Maud is the deputy managing editor at The Dallas Morning News. All four women are JAWS members.

Board member blog post: From fellow to fellowship chair

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USN_Kira_ZalanBy Kira Zalan, JAWS Board Member

I reluctantly attended my first JAWS mixer three years ago, at Co Co. Sala in Washington, D.C. I’m not good at mingling, plus I was just starting out in journalism and was convinced I had nothing to offer professionally. Networking was a D.C. skill I lacked and, after living seven years in this town, I wasn’t sure I wanted to learn it. I committed to one hour (I stayed two) and one drink (I had two). I walked out of Co Co. Sala into the summer D.C. night impressed. JAWS didn’t feel like a stiff, professional organization at all. Instead, I felt like a welcomed guest at a family reunion.

Honestly, I applied for a CAMP fellowship because I liked the feeling of JAWS. I didn’t know the programming and was unsure I’d learn much skill-wise, but there was something special about this group, and I wanted to be there.

Journalism and Women Symposium and Financial Times launch new fellowship for women

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Journalism and Women Symposium is pleased to announce a new fellowship for women of diverse backgrounds to attend the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP), an opportunity that will be funded over five years thanks to generous support from the Financial Times.

One fellowship winner each year will receive up to $1,000 to cover the cost of registration, travel and accommodations at the annual CAMP conference. JAWS intends to make this opportunity available to women who are traditionally underrepresented in newsrooms, including women of color, journalists in the LGBTQ community and those with disabilities.

Member blog post: Spread the news about Fund a Fellow

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MegHeckmanHeadshotBy Meg Heckman, JAWS member

The Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) is raising funds to send 10 emerging female journalists to the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) this fall.

I went to my first CAMP last year, and it changed my professional life for the better. Everyone was fantastic, but I was especially impressed with the women who had won fellowships. As a college journalism professor, I’m grateful such programs exist to support rising female journalists. That’s why I volunteered to organize this year’s crowdfunding campaign.

May 2014: Exciting news and opportunities

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Whaleyd0e0abDear JAWdesses:

Wow, what a month! I am reminded every day that JAWS is like no other place or organization. I have come to expect our robust listserv discussions on topics such as Jill Abramson’s recent firing as well as links to heart-wrenching gorgeous essays. I love reading news on book deals and jobs opportunities. We all benefit from the intimacy our fellow members have cultivated over the years. And sharing that experience with more women in journalism – especially at this time in our industry when so many need the kind of support we provide – is gratifying. As I wrote in my fellowship letter, I want JAWS to welcome those who need this community. Our membership growth over the past few years shows how relevant we are, and the financial support that has grown along with it shows that our mission is compelling.

Board member blog post: The JAWS Workout

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hilarypowell_1340225795_58By Hilary Powell, JAWS Board Member

Giving back is an infectious energy inherent to JAWS. So are differences.

There is an effortless muscle of mutual support flexed when you attend CAMP, regional events or reach out to a fellow JAWdess online.

As part of the JAWS mission, we members strive to create a “more accurate portrayal of the whole society.” In my experience, since I joined JAWS six years ago, there is, ironically, but one homogeneous trait among members: the will to amplify diverse voices.

JAWS CAMP sneak peek

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adrienne_lawrence_headshotBy Adrienne Lawrence, CAMP Director

While planning CAMP 2014 in Palm Springs, we’ve jokingly said that JAWS will be taking over Hollywood’s playground. However, on a visit to La Quinta Resort and Club, we found out that it’s not a joke; La Quinta is one of the original getaways for Hollywood’s stars. If you hear typing late into the night from the room next door, it might not be a fellow JAWdess, but the ghost of Frank Capra writing the script for “It’s a Wonderful Life.” (Yes, he wrote it in one of the suites at the resort.)

There are plenty of fun reasons to go to CAMP this year, like a spa, 41 swimming pools and hot tubs, tennis, hiking and golf, but there’s also top-notch training and experts that will only be at this journalism conference.

Support for Jill Abramson

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Dear Jill:

The members of the Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) support you.

As you ascended the ranks of top newspapers, you impressed us with your investigative journalism chops. When you became the first woman to run one of the most influential news organizations in the world, you inspired us to reach for leadership positions in our careers. And when you spoke to us during our annual conference last fall, you re-invigorated us with your self-proclaimed optimism about the journalism field and the influence we can have as women in it. Now we want to support you.

At the JAWS conference, you brought us to our feet declaring yourself to be “the newest member of JAWS” and acknowledging us as your “peeps.” Well, your peeps are here for you if you need us. We are hundreds strong in newsrooms all across the country and we stand with you and will help if we can.

Apply to be a JAWS fellow

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Whaleyd0e0abDear JAWdesses:

I am proud to tell you all about our commitment to bring another 10 emerging journalists to our annual Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) this year — and to encourage you to spread the word about this tremendous opportunity. Please reach out to people who would not only love the Journalism and Women Symposium experience but who would also bring vitality and fresh contributions to our intimate group.

As a former fellow, I know how important this program is and have made it a priority to maintain during my time as president.

April 2014: What’s new at JAWS

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Whaleyd0e0abDear JAWdesses:

I feel like I have birthed twins. Juggling care of my 3-month-old son and my work for JAWS leaves me wishing for clones (or at least more arms). I know many of us feel such Overwhelm. Lucky for me, I have a great support system in my husband, my friends and family and in all of you, including my hard-working JAWS board members. I feel my energy renewed with each listserv discussion on, say, a must-read article or a JAWdess’s accomplishment or plans for upcoming meetings. Thank you for being such an engaged community of professionals!

As you know, our executive director stepped down last month; she is working with us through April 30. We bid adieu to Becky Day with fondness and gratitude for the work she has put in as office manager and then executive director, for a total of 13 years with JAWS. Thank you, Becky, for your service to this incredible organization.

CAMP 2014 site visit

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meganAndAdrienne By Megan Sweas and Adrienne Lawrence, JAWS CAMP Co-Chairs

While planning CAMP 2014 in Palm Springs, we’ve jokingly said that JAWS will be taking over Hollywood’s playground. However, on a visit to La Quinta Resort and Club, we found out that it’s not a joke; La Quinta is one of the original getaways for Hollywood’s stars. If you hear typing late into the night from the room next door, it might not be a fellow JAWdess, but the ghost of Frank Capra writing the script for “It’s a Wonderful Life.” (Yes, he wrote it in one of the suites at the resort.)

Board member blog post: Finding a mentor

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donna.layBy Donna Myrow, JAWS Board Member

My boarding pass was on the table, carry­-on bag next to the front door, winter boots ready for cold weather. I wore my favorite red parka vest over a turtleneck sweater with a scarf around my neck. Not my standard attire since I live in sunny California. I was dressed for JAWS CAMP 2013 in chilly Vermont. It was time to leave, but I refused to open the front door. How would I describe myself in thirty seconds to the dinner crowd ­­— former newspaper publisher, youth media executive in transition or downsized retiree?

Teary-­eyed, I did get on the plane. From the moment I arrived at the Essex Resort, JAWdesses greeted me with warm embraces. I dropped my bag at the front desk and joined a group at the bar. At that moment, there was no embarrassment explaining that my newspaper folded in February on our 25th anniversary.

JAWS Seattle reinvigorated

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Better Kat picBy Katherine Ann Rowlands, JAWS Ambassador

JAWS is making headway in establishing new — or renewed — chapters around the country, with the most recent effort to gather women journalists in Seattle.

Susanna Ray, a former reporter with Bloomberg, will be our new regional captain for the area, with help from longtime member Joy Cordell, who is creating a new Google group for journalists in the region. They were both key to organizing a Feb. 27 event with Tableau Software training, attended by local JAWdesses and a couple of us who were in town for the Association of Writers and Writer Programs conference.

JAWS launches formal mentor matches year-round

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Journalism & Women SymposiumBy Donna Myrow, JAWS Board Member

Are you looking for advice on career advancement, work-life balance breaking into a different media platform or just a good listener?

The JAWS mentoring program is for you.

Whether or not you come to the Conference and Mentoring Project, better known as CAMP, you can participate in our year-long mentorship program. We’ve taken the positive experiences of mentors and mentees and harnessed them more formally for our JAWS members.

Ambassador makes connections for JAWS

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By Katherine Ann Rowlands, JAWS Ambassador

Promoting women’s leadership and taking time to support each other were the themes that resonated for me at several conferences I attended on behalf of the Journalism & Women Symposium (JAWS) the past couple of months.

A Women’s Caucus started three years got together again in February at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs conference in Seattle, and its leadership is eager to collaborate with JAWS on events and mentoring going forward. Finding ways to help young women writers is high on its agenda. With so many of our JAWS members writing books, we have a lot of wisdom to share with each other. For starters, we plan to do a joint mentoring panel at the AWP conference next year in St. Paul/Minneapolis and several AWP members plan to attend the JAWS conference in Palm Springs Oct. 31–Nov. 2.

Sunshine: Today and every day

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by Erin Siegal McIntyre, JAWS Board Member

Happy Sunshine Week! This year, the Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) joins a long list of esteemed participants in the name of transparency and open government.

From March 16–22, organizations across the country are participating in events designed to call attention to Freedom of Information (FOI) and FOIA requests.

Now more than ever, it’s important that journalists stand strong against the not-so-delightful assortment of dirty tricks used to thwart the healthy flow of information from the government’s closets to the public’s hearts and minds.