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Whaleyd0e0abDear JAWdesses:

I am proud to tell you all about our commitment to bring another 10 emerging journalists to our annual Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) this year — and to encourage you to spread the word about this tremendous opportunity. Please reach out to people who would not only love the Journalism and Women Symposium experience but who would also bring vitality and fresh contributions to our intimate group.

As a former fellow, I know how important this program is and have made it a priority to maintain during my time as president.

April 2014: What’s new at JAWS

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Whaleyd0e0abDear JAWdesses:

I feel like I have birthed twins. Juggling care of my 3-month-old son and my work for JAWS leaves me wishing for clones (or at least more arms). I know many of us feel such Overwhelm. Lucky for me, I have a great support system in my husband, my friends and family and in all of you, including my hard-working JAWS board members. I feel my energy renewed with each listserv discussion on, say, a must-read article or a JAWdess’s accomplishment or plans for upcoming meetings. Thank you for being such an engaged community of professionals!

As you know, our executive director stepped down last month; she is working with us through April 30. We bid adieu to Becky Day with fondness and gratitude for the work she has put in as office manager and then executive director, for a total of 13 years with JAWS. Thank you, Becky, for your service to this incredible organization.

CAMP 2014 site visit

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meganAndAdrienne By Megan Sweas and Adrienne Lawrence, JAWS CAMP Co-Chairs

While planning CAMP 2014 in Palm Springs, we’ve jokingly said that JAWS will be taking over Hollywood’s playground. However, on a visit to La Quinta Resort and Club, we found out that it’s not a joke; La Quinta is one of the original getaways for Hollywood’s stars. If you hear typing late into the night from the room next door, it might not be a fellow JAWdess, but the ghost of Frank Capra writing the script for “It’s a Wonderful Life.” (Yes, he wrote it in one of the suites at the resort.)

Board member blog post: Finding a mentor

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donna.layBy Donna Myrow, JAWS Board Member

My boarding pass was on the table, carry­-on bag next to the front door, winter boots ready for cold weather. I wore my favorite red parka vest over a turtleneck sweater with a scarf around my neck. Not my standard attire since I live in sunny California. I was dressed for JAWS CAMP 2013 in chilly Vermont. It was time to leave, but I refused to open the front door. How would I describe myself in thirty seconds to the dinner crowd ­­— former newspaper publisher, youth media executive in transition or downsized retiree?

Teary-­eyed, I did get on the plane. From the moment I arrived at the Essex Resort, JAWdesses greeted me with warm embraces. I dropped my bag at the front desk and joined a group at the bar. At that moment, there was no embarrassment explaining that my newspaper folded in February on our 25th anniversary.

JAWS Seattle reinvigorated

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Better Kat picBy 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.

JAWS launches formal mentor matches year-round

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Journalism & Women SymposiumBy Donna Myrow, JAWS Board Member

Are you looking for advice on career advancement, work-life balance breaking into a different media platform or just a good listener?

The JAWS mentoring program is for you.

Whether or not you come to the Conference and Mentoring Project, better known as CAMP, you can participate in our year-long mentorship program. We’ve taken the positive experiences of mentors and mentees and harnessed them more formally for our JAWS members.

Ambassador makes connections for JAWS

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By Katherine Ann Rowlands, JAWS Ambassador

Promoting women’s leadership and taking time to support each other were the themes that resonated for me at several conferences I attended on behalf of the Journalism & Women Symposium (JAWS) the past couple of months.

A Women’s Caucus started three years got together again in February at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs conference in Seattle, and its leadership is eager to collaborate with JAWS on events and mentoring going forward. Finding ways to help young women writers is high on its agenda. With so many of our JAWS members writing books, we have a lot of wisdom to share with each other. For starters, we plan to do a joint mentoring panel at the AWP conference next year in St. Paul/Minneapolis and several AWP members plan to attend the JAWS conference in Palm Springs Oct. 31–Nov. 2.

Sunshine: Today and every day

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by Erin Siegal McIntyre, JAWS Board Member

Happy Sunshine Week! This year, the Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) joins a long list of esteemed participants in the name of transparency and open government.

From March 16–22, organizations across the country are participating in events designed to call attention to Freedom of Information (FOI) and FOIA requests.

Now more than ever, it’s important that journalists stand strong against the not-so-delightful assortment of dirty tricks used to thwart the healthy flow of information from the government’s closets to the public’s hearts and minds.

February 2014: Haikus for you and upcoming events

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Whaleyd0e0abDear JAWdesses:

It’s 1:23 a.m.

The baby is asleep in my arms and I’m typing this on my phone. He’s snoring and practicing his smiles in his sleep as we rock. He just laughed in his sleep. It’s quiet moments like these when I look into my son’s face when I feel truly grateful.

For JAWS, it’s all about the moments, too. Thanks to your support and the hard work of board members and other volunteers. We are looking forward to creating more moments, big and small.

Member blog post: My run for JAWS

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Dawn Garcia Golden GateBy 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).

Board member blog post: Why JAWS is so special to me

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jessica rettigBy Jessica Rettig, JAWS Board Member

Before going to the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) last year, I had made a decision. It was a decision that I had mulled over for years and one that I feared would make me a pariah among all my beloved Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) mentors and friends, who had encouraged me, pushed me along and helped me find great jobs throughout my still budding career.

I decided that I wanted to leave journalism.

I was so anxious as I flew to Vermont. What would I tell people when they asked what I wanted to do after graduate school? What would they say when I told them I didn’t want to be a reporter anymore and wanted to explore other careers to see if I could find a better fit? From my fellowship in 2010 to a spot on the board to a wonderful summer internship, JAWS members had given me so much opportunity over the years; I felt like I was betraying the group’s mission by wanting to try something else. I didn’t think I would belong anymore.

But from my first night in Burlington, I was delightfully surprised.

Member blog post: Lone woman in the newsroom

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medsgerBettyBy 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.

January 2014: Fundraising update, supporting new initiatives

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Whaleyd0e0abDear JAWdesses:

I just had a baby. My first.

His name is Malcolm. He has 10 perfect long fingers and 10 perfect long toes and wants to eat every second of the day.

Knowing he will be watching me closely, listening to how I describe the world makes me want to be even more deliberate about how I spend my time. I’ll proudly tell him that I am a member of a kickass group of women journalists who are trying to create a more accurate portrayal of society through our work.

Call for CAMP ideas

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meganAndAdrienne By Megan Sweas and Adrienne Lawrence, JAWS CAMP Co-Chairs

Hello JAWS Members!

We hope you’re enjoying 2014 so far! As we start the new year, we’re also starting a major push to plan for CAMP 2014 in Palm Springs, Calif., from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2, 2014. Thanks to all of you who filled out the post-CAMP survey last year; we’ve already collected lots of great ideas for panels and speakers, but we still want to know what the rest of you want out of your next CAMP too!

7 new members in Frederick, Md.

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By Adrienne Lawrence, JAWS Board Member

We have seven new JAWS members in Frederick, Md., which brings our area’s total to 19 members (including me)! It’s great, because word is spreading about JAWS in the community. This time around, Stephanie Yamkovenko, D. Dolan and I planned it so everything would be fun, easygoing and informative. Stephanie baked some seriously delicious king cakes to share (here’s a recipe). Dee prepped her house for everyone and offered wine, beer and a wide variety of foods. I asked Karlys Kline, a smart, kind and very well-connected socialite in Frederick (she also serves on several for-profit and nonprofit boards), to join us and talk about her tips and tricks on how to make lasting connections.

December 2013: Happy almost New Year

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Whaleyd0e0abDear JAWS members:

As I look to the year ahead and all the exciting upcoming programs and life events, I have to pause. I have to remind myself that there are a few days left in this year and lots to do before the clock strikes midnight.

Tucked in among our power cords and notebooks, my husband and I have piles of baby clothes to wash, baskets of papers to file and stacks of presents to send. We’re getting ready to welcome our first child into the world. After all these months, I still cannot believe he or she is almost here!
With many work projects under my belt, a recent apartment move and a nearly complete pregnancy, I have had quite the year personally.

Even so, my JAWS work has been some of the most gratifying.

Member blog post: Balancing Passions in LA: life, art, work and JAWS!

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work life balanceBy 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.

Advisory board member blog post: Lisa Stone

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Lisa StoneWhen Becky Day offered me the opportunity to write, I opted for a blog post format — perhaps unsurprisingly. 🙂

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.