By 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.
By 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.
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.
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.
It’s 1:23 a.m.
The baby is asleep in my arms and I’m typing this on my phone. He’s snoring and practicing his smiles in his sleep as we rock. He just laughed in his sleep. It’s quiet moments like these when I look into my son’s face when I feel truly grateful.
For JAWS, it’s all about the moments, too. Thanks to your support and the hard work of board members and other volunteers. We are looking forward to creating more moments, big and small.
By Dawn Garcia, JAWS member and former president
I’m training for a (gulp) marathon: The Napa Marathon on March 2.
And to inspire me as I train — and for extra motivation on the big day — I’m raising money for JAWS.
I started out three years ago doing a few miles at a time — slowly. Running has helped me in so many ways: to get fit, to meet new friends and to achieve goals I never imagined I could. Last year, I did three half-marathons and ran across the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco in an all-women’s 10-mile race.
I’m the oldest person in my running group at Stanford University, where I work as managing director of the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships.
But I’m not the slowest!
I decided that I’d like my next race — my first marathon — to support a nonprofit cause dear to my heart: the Journalism & Women Symposium (JAWS).
By Jessica Rettig, JAWS Board Member
Before going to the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) last year, I had made a decision. It was a decision that I had mulled over for years and one that I feared would make me a pariah among all my beloved Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) mentors and friends, who had encouraged me, pushed me along and helped me find great jobs throughout my still budding career.
I decided that I wanted to leave journalism.
I was so anxious as I flew to Vermont. What would I tell people when they asked what I wanted to do after graduate school? What would they say when I told them I didn’t want to be a reporter anymore and wanted to explore other careers to see if I could find a better fit? From my fellowship in 2010 to a spot on the board to a wonderful summer internship, JAWS members had given me so much opportunity over the years; I felt like I was betraying the group’s mission by wanting to try something else. I didn’t think I would belong anymore.
But from my first night in Burlington, I was delightfully surprised.
By Betty Medsger, JAWS member
I was the only woman in the newsroom when I was hired to be a reporter at my first job at The Tribune-Democrat in Johnstown, PA.
The whole situation was unusual, beginning with how I got the job. I graduated from college in January 1964 and planned to teach history in Pittsburgh, beginning that fall. I was living at home and signed up to do substitute teaching. I was disappointed at the infrequent calls, and, as I was walking by the newspaper offices one day, I decided I should get some kind of steady work until my full-time teaching job started.
I just had a baby. My first.
His name is Malcolm. He has 10 perfect long fingers and 10 perfect long toes and wants to eat every second of the day.
Knowing he will be watching me closely, listening to how I describe the world makes me want to be even more deliberate about how I spend my time. I’ll proudly tell him that I am a member of a kickass group of women journalists who are trying to create a more accurate portrayal of society through our work.
By Megan Sweas and Adrienne Lawrence, JAWS CAMP Co-Chairs
Hello JAWS Members!
We hope you’re enjoying 2014 so far! As we start the new year, we’re also starting a major push to plan for CAMP 2014 in Palm Springs, Calif., from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2, 2014. Thanks to all of you who filled out the post-CAMP survey last year; we’ve already collected lots of great ideas for panels and speakers, but we still want to know what the rest of you want out of your next CAMP too!
By Adrienne Lawrence, JAWS Board Member
We have seven new JAWS members in Frederick, Md., which brings our area’s total to 19 members (including me)! It’s great, because word is spreading about JAWS in the community. This time around, Stephanie Yamkovenko, D. Dolan and I planned it so everything would be fun, easygoing and informative. Stephanie baked some seriously delicious king cakes to share (here’s a recipe). Dee prepped her house for everyone and offered wine, beer and a wide variety of foods. I asked Karlys Kline, a smart, kind and very well-connected socialite in Frederick (she also serves on several for-profit and nonprofit boards), to join us and talk about her tips and tricks on how to make lasting connections.
By Katherine Ann Rowlands, JAWS Ambassador
An exciting and important effort to memorialize the work and lives of JAWS members is well underway, thanks to researchers at the University of Missouri who are documenting the oral histories of many of our members.
By Kimberly Johnson, JAWS Secretary
Want some unsolicited career advice? Find a good mentor and latch on. It can make all the difference.
In my case, it was my mentor, Andrea Stone, who not only supported me down a career-changing path, but also led me to JAWS.
Dear JAWS members:
As I look to the year ahead and all the exciting upcoming programs and life events, I have to pause. I have to remind myself that there are a few days left in this year and lots to do before the clock strikes midnight.
Tucked in among our power cords and notebooks, my husband and I have piles of baby clothes to wash, baskets of papers to file and stacks of presents to send. We’re getting ready to welcome our first child into the world. After all these months, I still cannot believe he or she is almost here!
With many work projects under my belt, a recent apartment move and a nearly complete pregnancy, I have had quite the year personally.
Even so, my JAWS work has been some of the most gratifying.
By Jessica Langlois, JAWS member
On a rainy December Saturday in central Los Angeles, eight JAWS members met with a local documentary filmmaker over brunch to discuss the work-art-life balance. Many of us were meeting for the first time, so we all wore name tags, but they were hardly necessary — before long, we were splitting sides of pancakes, sampling our neighbor’s quinoa, and embracing, eager to follow up on one another’s work and meet again in Palm Springs in January. Like so many JAWS events, this local gathering felt less like a formal networking meetup, and more like an intimate brunch between creative friends.
When Becky Day offered me the opportunity to write, I opted for a blog post format — perhaps unsurprisingly. 🙂
My name is Lisa Stone and I co-founded BlogHer Inc. with Elisa Camahort Page and Jory Des Jardins in 2005. Since our idea became a media company reaching 100 million women monthly, I’ve worked as CEO to deliver on our vision: To create opportunities for women — and men! — in social media to achieve greater exposure, education, community and economic empowerment for their work.