Here are a few reports from JAWS events around the country. Stay-tuned for more news about JAWS gatherings in your area! Contact a JAWS Regional Captain to get involved at the local level.
JAWS Bay Area: A dozen JAWdesses gathered at the home of past president Katherine Ann Rowlands in Oakland on March 13 to celebrate the publication of Caryl Rivers’ insightful new book, “The New Soft War on Women: How the Myth of Female Ascendance Is Hurting Women, Men – and Our Economy.” There was a wonderful discussion about her book, the need to include men in the discussion about empowering women, and how to define leadership for women in journalism.
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 Jen DePaul, JAWS Board Member, Chair of Regional Gatherings
We’d like to announce the first annual JAWS “Spring Fling Potluck!” Most of our active chapters already host regular monthly gatherings, usually in the form of a happy hour. We want to challenge you to ramp up your regional gathering by hosting a potluck in the month of May. Our goal is to have every active chapter (Bay Area; Boston; Chicago; D.C.; Frederick, Md.; New York City; Seattle; and Southern Calif.) participate in this event.
JAWS D.C.: Former board member Roberta Baskin hosted a JAWS gathering Jan. 20 at the eclectic Mansion on O in Washington, D.C. More than 20 JAWdesses turned up at the bar, then roamed the mansion to search for more than 30 secret passages, admire the artworks and buy a few tchotchkes. They assembled in a private room (through a secret door) to catch up on life and livelihoods. Roberta handed out random quotations by women for women, and they talked about how each fragment of wisdom and humor resonated in their lives. Thanks to Roberta for organizing a great event.
By Karen Cheung-Larivee, JAWS Board Member
One of the most exciting things to come from the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) is the connection members made! I’m so happy to hear that CAMPers wanted to keep the conversation going beyond CAMP weekend with members in their own cities throughout the year.
JAWS members in the Bay Area benefited from two recent training sessions to boost social media skills.
Board member and journalism instructor Sandra Fish showed about 25 women the latest in how Storify can be used to tell great stories as they evolve. Members who came to the March event at the home of JAWS President Kat Rowlands asked for more. So in June, JAWS Secretary and journalism instructor Teresa Puente gave a three-hour workshop on social media tools such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkeIn and Google+ for a dozen women at the new offices of the Oakland Tribune.
JAWdesses and friends came together in New York for an informative and intimate discussion on international journalism and women. With JAWS members traveling to Japan following disaster, and the continued tension in the Middle East, highlighted by the attack of CBS correspondent Laura Logan, there was plenty to discuss.
Reportage of unrest in the Middle East, including the attacks on CBS news correspondent Lara Logan, prompted us to organize a regional meeting of JAWS members and friends. The disaster in Japan has thrown international journalism even further into the spotlight, so please join us for an informal discussion.
JAWS President-Elect Kat Rowlands opened her warm & art-filled home in Oakland, California for a regional JAWS gathering on Dec. 8 — what a great holiday event!
JAWS members in D.C. gathered at Patricia Sullivan’s house this weekend for a fun book party for “Deadlines,” a murder mystery novel by Paul McHugh, my journalist-turned-novelist husband. Almost a dozen JAWS members plus a number of Stanford Knight Fellow alums & other friends attended.
Multimedia training events, 2009