By Janice Rhoshalle Littlejohn, JAWS member
For our November regional event, Southern California JAWdesses partnered with Ms. Magazine to host a public forum on women, body image and the media at the Feminist Majority headquarters in Beverly Hills. More than 60 attendees – many of them journalism and media students from area colleges and universities – braved the early Saturday morning chill for the 90-minute presentation, “Mirror, Mirror: How Misogyny, Body Shaming and Hypersexualization in Media Skew Modern Perceptions of Female Beauty,” moderated by So Cal JAWS member Amy Lieu (editor, SoCal Connected).
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
By Linda Deutsch, the AP’s special correspondent in Los Angeles.
Below is a first-person account I wrote on the first big story I ever covered — the ’63 March on Washington.
Through the years, when I tell people that I covered the 1963 civil rights march on Washington, they often ask: “Did you know?”
They mean did I know I was present at the making of history? Did I know I was hearing one of the greatest speeches of all time — Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech?” Did I know that the nation would change because of this day?
The answer seems to be yes.
A crowd-sourced video and photography project created by Fara Warner, Stacie Brew, and hundreds of women completing the phrase: “I am powerful because….” Men are welcome to join us by answering the phrase in reference to a woman they love, honor and respect. For example, “I am powerful because of my mother.”