BOARD MEMBERS: There are now nine standing committees:

  • Executive
  • Programs and Services
  • Finance
  • Fundraising and Development
  • Membership
  • External Relations
  • Nominations
  • Communications (and branding)
  • Diversity

President Lauren M. Whaley will oversee and coordinate all committees. Staff members Connie K. Ho (Website Manager), Adrienne Lawrence (Interim Operations and CAMP Director), Ankita Rao (Social Media Manager) and Katherine Rowlands (Interim Development Director) will support them as well. New members welcome to join committees, contact chair to get more information on getting involved.

Executive CommitteeConsists of current JAWS officers, who consult with and advise the president between meetings. (Lauren M. Whaley, Susy Schultz, Nancy Day, Amy Resnick, Rachel Louise Snyder)

Programs and Services Committee Plans the annual fall conference, works to develop regional training and oversees the JAWS mentoring program and the awarding of scholarships to attend the conference. The committee works within the budget set by the treasurer to develop conference sessions and training programs and coordinates with the Executive Director on travel and other arrangements for speakers as well as specific conference needs.

  • CAMP SubcommitteeWorks to develop the annual conference program, including the keynote speakers, the panel sessions and the training workshops in addition to activities. The planning needs to begin a year ahead of time.  (Chairwoman Megan Sweas with assist from Nancy Day, Judy Miller, Donna Myrow and staff support)
  • Fellowship Subcommittee Selects fellowship recipients for the annual fall conference, with emphasis on diversity. It promotes JAWS and the scholarship program at colleges, universities and trade schools and among younger, early career journalists and women from media not well represented in JAWS.  (Chair: Kira Zalan with assist from Rachel G. Bowers, Nancy Day, Charreah Jackson, Linda Kramer Jenning, Sheila Solomon and staff support)
  • Mentoring Subcommittee – Works with younger and mid-career journalists and arranges one-on-one counseling for women just starting their journalism careers or seeking advancement or job changes in the industry. (Chair: Donna Myrow with assist from Nancy Day and staff support)
  • Regional Programming SubcommitteeWorks to develop programming for regional meetings, which may include workshops and training sessions on topical issues such as media law, freelancing opportunities or social media tips. Our membership has asked for more programming during the year at locations across the country. (Chair: Jen DePaul with assist from Judy Miller and staff)

Membership CommitteeTakes the lead in sustaining and boosting JAWS membership, with emphasis on diversity in ages, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, media and regions of the country. It sends out membership renewal letters each January, signed jointly by the president and the membership chair, and works with regional captains on outreach efforts.  The committee reaches out to prospective members through word-of-mouth, listservs, the website, direct-appeal letters, surveys, etc., and works with the Executive Director to produce an annual membership directory that is distributed to members after the fall conference. (Chair: Susy Schultz with assist from staff)

Finance CommitteeWorks with the treasurer to review expenditures and determine the annual budget, including funds available for the fall conference and scholarships. Meets three times a year, in person or by phone; at least one meeting must be held at CAMP. Membership includes the treasurer, as chair, the immediate past president and other JAWS members who are not currently on the board. (Chair: Amy Resnick with assist from staff)

Fundraising and Development CommitteeWorks with the board to raise funds and develop sources of revenue to sustain and expand JAWS programs and services. (Chair: Lisen Stromberg with assist from Meg Heckman, Peg Simpson, Kira Zalan and staff support; CAMP: Megan Sweas as CAMP Chair with assist from staff)

External Relations Committee Fosters and maintains an association with other journalism and journalism education groups and tries to encourage the inclusion of JAWS members on panels at other conferences. With the JAWS president and board, it also coordinates public statements on behalf of the organization. (Katherine Ann Rowlands, Interim Development Director)

Nominations CommitteeOversees recruitment and nomination of candidates for service on the JAWS board, with an emphasis on diversity of ages, races and ethnicities, media, and regions. Its members are announced by July 31, in advance of the annual conference. The committee collects nominations and screens for eligibility and interest in serving. It presents a slate of officers and directors for approval at the general membership meeting in the fall. Nominations may also be made from the floor. (Chair: Nancy Day with assist from Karen Cheung-Larivee, Mary C. Curtis, Ankita Rao, Peggy Simpson)

Communications CommitteeOversees publication of the JAWS newsletter and includes the Web mistress, who is responsible for the design of the JAWS website, the posting of articles and announcements and the updating each year of the organization’s continuing “HerStory.” Also includes branding and style. Works with social media manager and web manager to keep JAWS’ digital presence accurate, beautiful, exciting, relevant. (Chair: Karen Cheung-Larivee with assist from Hilary Powell)

Legal and Business Affairs Committee – The Legal and Business Affairs committee works with the other committees to ensure that JAWS has clear and accurate information about general nonprofit operations including taxes, legal questions, organizational infrastructure, insurance issues, fiscal sponsors, and staffing procedures. (Chair: Erin Siegal McIntyre with assist from Donna Myrow, Nancy Day and Judy Miller)

Staffing Committee (Just for June – December, 2014) – With input from the membership, this committee will carefully assess what the organization really needs now that we are a larger, more active group with 700+ members and a strategic plan that calls for more year-round activities in addition to CAMP. The committee will research the staffing levels and structures of similar organizations as well as look at the evolution of JAWS in recent years. The committee will make recommendations to the board about ideal staff roles in advance of CAMP 2014. (Chair: Dawn Garcia with assist from Karen Cheung-Larivee, Gwyneth Doland, Linda Kramer Jenning, Megan Kamerick, Judy Miller, Hilary Powell and Melinda Voss)