Listicles aside, I will spare you any year-end JAWS rundowns of top 20s, 10s or 5s. Let’s just say it has been a very interesting year. At the start of 2014, I did not expect to end the year as president of JAWS. But here I am.
And I am here for you.
So what can you expect from me in 2015? I plan to focus on getting JAWS in robust shape with a healthy budget (yes, that means fundraising) and stable staffing so that you can receive the programs and networking and support you want. Next year is a special year, our 30th anniversary, and that makes it an apt time to think about the state of our union. When you look at the mission of JAWS — to support the professional empowerment and personal growth of women in journalism and work toward a more accurate portrayal of the whole society — how far have we come? Where do we need to go? What are the next steps to get there? Let’s engage in this conversation throughout the year and have it culminate in a great program at the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) in Montana, where we can celebrate our legacy and our progress and get inspired for the next 30 years.
This past month reminded me how our listserv offers some of the best conversations you can find anywhere on journalism and women and diversity. Where else but the JAWS listserv would I read the most insightful and thoughtful discussion of the Rolling Stone story on the University of Virginia? And where else would I find the most incisive and inspiring comments on #blacklivesmatter?
JAWS also is where I expect to find the creative brains to suggest a great slogan for our 30th anniversary (firstname.lastname@example.org) and to propose stellar programs and speakers for our Oct. 9 to 11 CAMP at the Grouse Mountain Lodge in Whitefish, Mont.
I wish you all joyous holidays and a new year that brings you closer to fulfilling your professional and personal dreams.