About JAWS

About JAWS: Our history, member memorials, board members, committees and blogroll, president’s letters.

Dawn Garcia

Dawn Garcia is the director of John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford and a past president of the Journalism & Women Symposium.

Lottie Joiner

Lottie Joiner is the interim editor-in-chief of The Crisis magazine and a Washington, D.C.-based freelance journalist. She covers race, social justice, civil rights and African American culture. Her work focuses on issues that impact minorities, women, marginalized and underserved communities. She has written for The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Time.com, Vox.com, The Undefeated, Essence magazine and TheAtlantic.com.

In Memory: Rita Henley Jensen

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Over and over, Rita Henley Jensen‘s friends and colleagues describe her as “a force.” They call her formidable and extraordinary. Jensen used those strengths to fight her way out of poverty and into an award-winning career in journalism, working all the while to amplify women’s voices and advocate for their health and welfare.

Jensen, the founder of Women’s eNews and of the Jane Crow Project, died Oct. 18 of breast cancer, according to her daughter, Ariel Jensen-Vargas. She was 70.

In Memory: Carole Kay

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JAWS member Carole Ashkinaze Kay, a pioneering journalist who served as the first woman on the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s editorial board, died of cancer Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, in hospice in Atlanta.

Carole shared her hospice news with JAWS and her other friends in early August, continuing to read the email list and sharing her life on Facebook.

“Journalism and Women Symposium members are saddened by Carole’s passing,” said JAWS President Sandra Fish. “Carole and her career embodied the JAWS mission to support ‘the professional empowerment and personal growth of women in journalism’ and to work ’toward a more accurate portrayal of the whole society.’ “

In Memory: Sherry E. Conohan

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“Sherry E. Conohan had a career in journalism that spanned more than 50 years. She began her career with a degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. She was vice president of Alpha Chi Omega sorority and was past president of the University of Missouri Alumni Association of New Jersey.

As a journalist, she worked in Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, New York and New Jersey. She had numerous assignments for UPI and Gannett and traveled extensively. [Conohan] reported directly from the tumultuous 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago. [Her] forte was political reporting and also covered many of the larger New Jersey crime investigations.

She won many journalism awards and was an active member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Journalism and Women Symposium.”

Dori J. Maynard Believed ‘Journalism and Life Demand All Voices’

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This article was originally posted on Nieman Foundation News.

By Mary C. Curtis, JAWS member

It’s hard to imagine the world without Dori Maynard in it. She leaves an incredible legacy and has touched so many. You can hear it in the many tributes greeting the news of her death. How did she manage to do so much in 56 years? How could she be so many places, making speeches and driving home the point that journalism and life demand all voices in order to work in any accurate and meaningful way—and then offering wise counsel and a sympathetic ear in a late-night phone call to a friend?

Last year, when we both happened to be in New York on business, we met for brunch and—since it was a beautiful day—walked and walked and talked and talked. I will carry that day with me now. She was sweet, kind, funny and fierce. And even when her message was serious she made it with such clarity and charm that everyone got it.

Statement from JAWS Board of Directors: Mourning the passing of Dori J. Maynard

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Journalism & Women Symposium logoThe Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) was honored to have Dori J. Maynard serve on our Advisory Board since 2012. As a lifelong journalist with a deep commitment to improving the craft and reflecting the diversity of our communities in news coverage, Dori was admired by many.

Dori was a natural, and welcome, addition to the JAWS community. The group’s mission, to support the professional empowerment and personal growth of women in journalism and work toward a more accurate portrayal of the whole society, aligned well with Dori’s passion for teaching and showing journalists how bringing diverse sources to their stories made them more accurate.

Honoring Dinah Witchel

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By Becky Day, past JAWS Executive Director

I’m sure I was just one of many women who spent time this past weekend reflecting the remarkable career of Dinah Witchel. Her work as an author, editor and writer inspired women everywhere, no more so than with her long involvement as a member of the Journalism & Women Symposium. I can’t remember a time when she wasn’t on the JAWS membership roster.

Remembering Mary Thom

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By Peg Simpson, JAWS member

I met Mary Thom in 1988 when I opened a Washington bureau for MS Magazine and its new owners, Australians Anne Summers and Sandra Yates.

Mary had stayed on from the original MS startup editing team and she scared me to death. She was a larger than life presence.
I had not even free-lanced for MS and here I was, working with one of the women present at the creation.

I did think I knew everything about the women’s political movement, having covered it since 1971 for the AP and then as a Washington correspondent for Working Woman magazine.

I realized, early on, that Mary knew a lot more. She didn’t lord that over me. She shared her incredible depth of knowledge.
She proved easy to brainstorm with and very user-friendly to work with.