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Writing about science – Interview with Casey Rentz

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casey_rentzScience journalist Casey Rentz talks about the beauty and perils of covering science as a part of the womanKind video series, whose mission is “to increase the appreciation and recognition of women’s everyday contributions through positive dialogue, thereby challenging perceptions of success and visibility, and furthering the advancement of women in all aspects of society.”

Member blog post: Edie Lederer – 50 years of covering war and peace

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edie_lederer_50th_anniversaryThis article was originally posted in the Connecting Newsletter.

By Linda Deutsch, JAWS member

The byline is familiar to all who read international news: Edith M. Lederer. But to her world of friends and colleagues she is even more well known by her nickname, Edie. As she marks her 50th anniversary with the Associated Press, Edie Lederer may be the longest serving woman reporter in AP history. (This writer put in 48 years).

Member blog post: Think like a freelancer

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picjumbo.com_P1000554Story by Jessica Langlois and Q&A by Elina Shatkin, JAWS members | Photo by Viktor Hanacek

Although the talking points at a recent SoCal JAWS gathering on the business of freelancing were about how to get work and get paid, the strongest takeaway from the afternoon of twenty women swapping tips and horror stories was that independent journalists need a tribe.

Nearly everyone who had worked as a full-time journalist had been laid off at some point—for several veteran L.A. Times staffers the wounds were still fresh—and many were keen to build a personal brand that might offer more job security than legacy outlets.

Others were relatively new to the game, picking up stories on the side of content writing, social media management or teaching work in hopes of landing a coveted staffer or contributing editor gig.

Science writer Linda Marsa, who has been making a living freelancing for 35 years and led the discussion, emphasized the importance of playing up your strengths, developing an area of expertise, understanding how to expand your reach through social media, and networking with other journalists… and pretty much anyone else.

Member blog post: Kathy Kiely on her principled exit from Bloomberg Politics

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By Kathy Kiely, JAWS Member | Photo by Helen Hausmann Photography

Sisterhood is powerful. So is journo-hood.

Sometimes leaning in means jumping out.

Since I took the big plunge this week, leaving a great job as an editor at Bloomberg Politics over our less-than aggressive coverage of the latest possible entrant in the presidential race – a sorta, kinda candidate whose name happens to be Michael Bloomberg – the words of support from my colleagues, especially my colleagues in Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS), have been cherished like the beads on a rosary by this lapsed Catholic girl.

Member blog post: Journalists lament anniversary of Post reporter’s captivity

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By Jane Meacham, JAWS member

On the year anniversary of Washington Post Correspondent Jason Rezaian’s detention in Iran’s toughest prison, a half-million people have been moved to sign a petition seeking his release.

Journalists including JAWS members on July 22 decried Rezaian’s lengthy captivity by Iran under vague, unsupported charges. A press conference at the National Press Club led by Rezaian’s brother and family spokesman, Ali; Post Executive Editor Martin Baron; and attorneys working on strategies for Jason Rezaian’s release provided little encouragement for resolution of the case, but the jailed reporter’s brother sought more worldwide support for the petition to be submitted to the United Nations Human Rights Council.

Member blog post: Contribute to a JAWS cookbook

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Happy hours. Potlucks. Camp buffets. With food and drink, members of the Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) celebrate steps big and small.

That’s why we hope to commemorate 30 years of JAWS history with a modest cookbook – a collection of your stories and recipes. Consider it a keepsake, a smorgasbord of inspiration, maybe even a fundraising tool.

We’ll need your help. The key ingredient is a good tale to introduce a favorite recipe: maybe about some taste that’s indelibly linked to an assignment or a dish that you’ve brought to a JAWS gathering. No recipe? No problem. Tell a JAWS food story; we might even find a recipe to match.