February 2015: JAWS love

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Not to get all syrupy, but for a feel-good JAWS moment, read the note earlier this month from Sabine Muscat to the listserv about The Wall Street Journal’s accepting her story.

Muscat says Viola Gienger brought her to a D.C. JAWS event after she lost her job as Washington correspondent for a German newspaper. She wasn’t sure how to break into freelancing and expand her outlets to write in both English and German. JAWS members reached out and offered advice and resources. Two years later, Muscat says she can live on her freelance income.

“It has been liberating to see that it is still possible to make a living as a journalist these days,” Muscat wrote. “But it also is a fact that job and income security are not easy to attain for freelancers — which is why networking is so important. JAWS is the best example for that.”

On that note, let’s welcome some two dozen journalists who became JAWS members since the first of the year. Now they also have access to the kind of support and networking that Muscat described. Please show them lots of JAWS love.

– Linda Kramer Jenning

Hadley Barndollar (@hbarndollar)
Donna Borak (@donnaborak)
Shannan Bowen (@shanbow)
Kara Brandeisky (@karabrandeisky)
Kerry Cardoza (@booksnotboys)
Natalie DiBlasio (@ndiblasio)
Rachel Glickhouse (@riogringa)
Rebecca Hughes
Michele Kayal (@AmerFoodRoots)
Esther Yu Hsi Lee (@estherindc)
Karen Mawdsley (@the_mawdster)
Heather McWilliams Mierzejewski (@hmcwilliams)
Erica Meltzer (@meltzere)
Lucija Millonig (@Millonig)
Catherine Morris
Lindsey O’Connnor (@LindseyOConnor)
Tara Peterman (@tapeterman)
Sarah Posner (@sarahposner)
Patricia Raybon (@PatriciaRaybon)
Ashley Southall (@assouthall)
Jessica Weiss (@jessweiss1)
Alessandra Whitney (@AKWhitney)
Dionne Young
Amanda Zamora (@amzam)