Category Archives: Recent News

Join the global movement by giving to JAWS on Giving Tuesday

By Pamela Moreland, JAWS Development Committee Chair

Giving Tuesday is Dec. 1, just around the corner. It’s the perfect time to make a significant donation to JAWS.

Giving Tuesday is a global day for giving back, a day to turn around from all the consumerism that fills the holiday season and turn toward the nonprofits that work to make the world a better place.

Not to brag, but JAWS is one of those nonprofits.

The mission of our organization is to support “the professional empowerment and personal growth of women in journalism” and work “toward a more accurate portrayal of the whole society.”

JAWS auction update: Thank you!

Better Kat picBy Kat Rowlands, Development Director

Competitive shopping made for lots of happy JAWS members this month as jewelry, books, vacation homes and professional coaching were all snapped up at the on-site auction at the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) and in the online auction open to all via BiddingForGood. All the money raised in the auctions goes toward supporting programming at CAMP and during the rest of the year.

Make a difference: Support JAWS with auction purchases

By Pam Moreland, JAWS Board Member

Shopping to support JAWS and its programs. It’s easy. It’s competitive. It’s fun and it’s for a good cause.

The best part is you play a part of the entire event.

Bring something to the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) for the auction. Jewelry. Media swag. Scarves. Cool tanks, Ts, and sweatshirts to complete that athleisure look. Personal services (one-on-one sessions sharing your expertise with JAWS members, their family and their friends). Gift cards. Guided tours of favorite spots in NYC, DC, ATL or LA.

Money raised through the auction goes to underwrite JAWS and its programs. Here’s how it works.

JAWS President-Elect Sandra Fish’s statement on shooting of WDBJ-TV reporting team

Journalism and Women Symposium offers heartfelt condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of Alison Parker and Adam Ward, the WDBJ-TV reporting team shot and killed while on assignment Wednesday morning. As fellow journalists, we are particularly saddened that these two professionals were taken from us and their community in the prime of their lives. We grieve their deaths with the rest of the nation.

Journalism and Women Symposium supports the professional empowerment and personal growth of women in journalism and works toward a more accurate portrayal of the whole society.

Board member blog post: Journalist and author Patricia Raybon on book writing

PatriciaRaybonBy Sandra Fish, JAWS President-Elect

Photo credit Dan Raybon

“Little hinges open big doors,” journalist and book author Patricia Raybon said at a talk on May 21 sponsored by Colorado SPJ Pro and the Journalism and Women Symposium at the Denver Press Club.

Raybon and her daughter, Alana Raybon, are authors of the recently released book “Undivided: A Muslim Daughter, Her Christian Mother and Their Path to Peace.” It is Raybon’s fifth book.

Their collaboration has been featured on The Today Show, the Tavis Smiley Show and more.

In talking about her career – from reporter and editor at the Denver Post to journalism professor at the University of Colorado Boulder to book author – Raybon outlined the seven hinges that led her to book writing.

Meet the 2015 Diversity Fellow Charisse Gibson

CharisseGibsonThe Journalism and Women Symposium each year selects one journalist from a community traditionally underrepresented in the media, and whose work supports diversity. The Financial Times is generously underwriting the JAWS Diversity Fellowship. A proud New Orleans native and the 2015 Diversity Fellow, Charisse Gibson is the Morning Anchor at KSLA News 12 “This Morning” in Shreveport, Louisiana.

When not on the anchor desk, Gibson is reporting for her “Family First” franchise, telling the life stories of notable African Americans in Northwest Louisiana. Check out her story about the first black police officer on the Shreveport police force here and here. And the story of a folk artist who grew up on a Louisiana plantation here.

Meet the 2015 Entrepreneurial Fellow Claritza Jiménez

ClaritzaJimenezClaritza Jiménez is a television news producer and video journalist. She produces international news as part of the Latin America team at Associated Press Television News (APTN) in Washington, D.C. Some of the biggest stories she has worked on include the shift in U.S.-Cuba diplomatic relations and the election of Pope Francis.

Jiménez, who is a native Spanish speaker, started her journalism career at the CBS stations in Chicago and Dallas. She was awarded an Investigative Journalism Fellowship at American University’s School of Communication, where she earned a Master of Arts in journalism.

Introducing 2015 Next Step Fellowship recipient E.J. Graff

EJGraffE.J. Graff first came to Journalism and Women Symposium’s Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) in Oregon in 2004. Like so many of us, she immediately fell in love with this raucous, welcoming sisterhood of other irreverent, curious, fabulous journalists ready to throw open their homes and contact lists whenever she asked. Since then she has served on the Board of Directors, chaired the fundraising committee, caused trouble, donated money and, with Jodi Enda, won the “Sneaky Shark” award at JAWS CAMP in New Hampshire in 2008 (go ahead, ask).

Graff entered journalism in the 1980s, contributing to the then-marginalized gay and feminist press. During the 1990s she began reporting about LGBT life for the mainstream, and in doing so, helping to pioneer the gender and sexuality “beat.” Her work has since appeared in a wide range of publications, including The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, Newsweek, The Advocate, The New Republic and Slate. Graff has published two books: “What Is Marriage For? The Strange Social History of Our Most Intimate Institution” and Mass. Lt. Gov. Evelyn Murphy’s book “Getting Even: Why Women Still Don’t Get Paid Like Men—and What To Do So We Will.”

Call for Nominations

By Melinda Voss, Nominations Chair and past board member

On behalf of the Nominations Committee, it is my pleasure to invite JAWS members to submit names of qualified nominees for serving as an officer or board member of the 2015-16 Journalism and Women Symposium Board of Directors. Nominations are being accepted until July 1 for these positions:

  • Vice president
  • Deputy vice president (in place of a president-elect)
  • Four board positions

Serving on the Board of Directors is a rich opportunity to contribute to JAWS, to help develop the organization and expand one’s leadership skills.

May 2015: Top reasons to attend CAMP

This month I attended Georgetown’s commencement and had the honor of hooding our journalism graduate students. It didn’t take long. Not many journalism degrees were handed out in comparison with degrees in public relations, sports management, real estate and other fields where job prospects are more secure.

That’s why I am so impressed with the passion and dedication of those students who choose to follow careers in journalism. And I was pleased to see several JAWS members among this year’s grads (shout out to Brittany Bremer, Heather Curtis and Julie Gilkison. Also Nicole Lewis, in absentia).

It is my hope that the JAWS network will be there for them and for all of us at every stage in our careers to provide support, resources and perhaps most importantly friendship.

Board member blog post: Why not journalism?

donna.layBy Donna Myrow, JAWS Board Member

Joy Shioshita investigated the illegal incarceration of minors in mental health facilities. Her reporting efforts changed a law in California to give teens with mental health problems the right of due process before a panel of physicians.

Joy is a librarian in Berkeley, Calif.

Josie Valderrama wrote a compelling story about the L.A. Police Department’s abuse of 30 black and Hispanic teenagers playing ball in a suburban neighborhood park. Her reporting resulted in a $200,000 settlement for the teens.

Josie is finishing her Ph.D. thesis in psychology.

Minerva Chavez was a student activist and political reporter for L.A. Youth for four years.

Minerva now has a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin and teaches education reform at a Southern California college.

In my time at L.A. Youth, I trained hundreds of young women like the three described above.

CAMP 2015: Getting to CAMP (discount airfares and rideshare)

By Pamela Moreland, JAWS Board Member

Getting to the Big Sky Country in Whitefish, Mont., for JAWS CAMP (Conference and Mentoring Project) shouldn’t take big bucks. That’s why JAWS has partnered with the three major airlines to offer conference participants airfare discounts.

Alaska, Delta and United airlines have all agreed to knock off 5 to 13 percent on reservations to Glacier Park International Airport in Kalispell. That’s the closest airport to Whitefish and the Grouse Mountain Lodge.

CAMP 2015: Registration is open!

The Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) will be taking place this year at the Grouse Mountain Lodge in Whitefish, Mont., from Oct. 9 to 11. This year is extra special as JAWS celebrates its 30th anniversary. The annual JAWS CAMP focuses on strengthening core journalism skills, building personal brands and careers, developing strategies for success in our evolving media landscape, improving gender parity in our profession, empowering women in leadership and management, and encouraging a more accurate portrayal of the whole society. Participants will enjoy a dynamic weekend filled with inspiring speakers, motivating career development sessions and rewarding networking and mentoring opportunities. It’s an experience that has helped launch countless careers, and it’s also ignited lifelong friendships.

Member blog post: Contribute to a JAWS cookbook

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.

April 2015: Get ready for CAMP

In just six months, the Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) will celebrate “Women Making News for 30 Years” at our anniversary CAMP Oct. 9-11 in Whitefish, Mont. Start making your plans to be there to toast our herstory and our future. Register now by clicking here and then give Grouse Mountain Lodge a call to reserve your room.

CAMP chairs Gina Setser and Emily Shenk are lining up a stellar program. Sessions are in the works on long-form journalism, election finance, avoiding the campaign spin (just in time for your 2016 reporting), teaching journalism, the ethics of crossing lines and so much more. Hilary Powell is organizing another lineup of tech-on-one trainers to cover all the skills and apps you need to succeed. This year’s Fran Lewine Interview will feature Linda Deutsch interviewing trailblazing journalist Edie Lederer. A special plenary session will focus on diversity in tribute to the work of the late Dori Maynard, a member of the JAWS Advisory Board. And stay tuned for announcements about keynote speakers and for details on a screening of “Difret” with producer Dr. Mehret Mandefro (thanks to a great suggestion from Kathy Bonk).

Board member blog post: Don’t fear data and technology

SandraFishBy Sandra Fish, JAWS President-Elect

True confession: JAWS CAMP is tied for my fave journalism conference.

The competition? NICAR, the National Institute of Computer Assisted Reporting conference put on each February or March by Investigative Reporters and Editors.

Of course, NICAR appeals to my affinity for data and technology. Through the years, I’ve learned so much from NICAR, from how to use Microsoft Access to analyze data in the 1990s to transitioning to open-source databases, from great Excel tricks to scraping websites using Python programming.

But another reason I love NICAR is the effort organizers make to be inclusive in terms of gender, ethnicity and age.

Board member blog post: Why CAMP is worth the trip

Justine Griffin   (Jan. 15, 2013;  staff photo by Mike Lang)By Justine Griffin, JAWS Board Member

The first time I attended the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) was in Vermont in 2013. I had no idea what to expect, as I had never attended a JAWS event before or met an active member face-to-face.

I was directed to the website by a former college professor and was curious after I looked around the site for the first time. I was surprised to see photos of journalists at the annual conference dressed so casually. It didn’t seem like the regular professional meetings I’d attended before.

March 2015: Serving on the board

The JAWS Board of Directors met in Washington, D.C., from March 20 to 22. This is the only time outside of CAMP that your board gathers in person.The agenda included a diversity discussion, updates on CAMP, mentoring, regional programming, fellowships and highlights from all committees. The meeting kicked off with a board dinner at the National Press Club followed by a mixer with D.C.-area JAWS members.
The board’s working sessions were at the Medill D.C. campus. Lynn Sweet reached out to program director Ellen Shearer, who graciously let JAWS use the space for free.

One item on the agenda was activating a nominating committee. Start thinking about serving on the board. Research shows that women usually need to be asked to run for office seven times before they do it: Consider this your first ask. And then show that you are willing to defy the odds and decide to run without waiting for six more asks.