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March 1, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
March 1, 2011

JAWS is indispensable as a source of positive connection and support for women journalists. That support comes in many vital forms -- sharing experiences, stimulating intellectual exchange and creating bonds based on shared professional interests and friendship. It is a group that is a vital core for women journalists of many ages and from many types of journalism.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Learning a great deal from exchanges on the JAWS listserv and getting advice from members with specific areas of expertise.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand support for its staff person

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

JAWS fills the huge gaps in education and training for women in journalism. Most newsrooms do not have the capacity or time to do training. JAWS does nuts and bolts training on using new media, digital equipment, editing, reporting, shooting stories, upgrading and improving one's skills, etc. This community of helps continues on a day to day basis through its daily email alerts, information sharing and help to individuals. It has extremely low administrative expenses and is a labor of love AND achievement.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Attending conferences and participating as a session leader and as a session learner.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand its financial base so that it would reach women in every newsroom, especially new hires who leave the profession prematurely because they cannot advance, find mentors, etc.

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

Even in this economy, I would not miss the annual JAWS meeting. This group not only provides education, information and mentoring to members, it also keeps me up to date on issues and opportunities within the industry. It gives us training that helps us do our jobs better and allows us to learn practical dos and don'ts from people who have done it all. I put together my first video online at JAWS, loaded up my tweetdeck and started a Facebook page.

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I've met a variety of amazing women in journalism who have mentored me, recommended me for jobs and freelance assignments. I've hired women as a result of JAWS and been hired as a result of JAWS. It also has kept me informed about key issues within the industry.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Wish it had a broader funding base to allow it to grow.

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

JAWS is a valuable connector of writers and reporters of many generations, with a growing base of younger members who teach others the intricacies of social media networking techniques. It also offers techno workshops for members in sessions across the country to raise the skills of journalists in this very difficult transition. And it is a formidable force for networking, which remains important decades after the lawsuits have been resolved seeking to get more women in the door.
It also goes well beyond the mega-white girls in drawing in reporters and editors of different races and ethnicities -- never enough but enough so that it seems natural and is a base to build on.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

It helps in networking, it enables veterans to mentor younguns -- and vice versa.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

keep up the regional techno workshops, perhaps on editorial writing (since that's the current gap in terms of women's opinions, women's voices.)

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

JAWS is an amazing organization of female journalists--simultaneously dead-serious and raucously funny, immensely supportive and highly challenging. From the very first time I attended "camp," the annual symposium, I was more than welcomed. People roped me into conversations and meals, offered their guest rooms if I ever traveled to their cities, were generous with their time and connections, and urged me to aim high and higher. These profound friends have asked me to double-check my sources, given me phone numbers and inside knowledge, and let me help them when I could. Give! Join! Come make new friends and connections, and change journalism into a field that better supports women!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Sources, connections, friendships, ideas, fundraising, job-hunting.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Urge more of us to be active in bringing in new members.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

As a founding member and former Board member, JAWS has and continues to be an important part of my life in every way.
Professionally, I've valued the smart focused support and advice of fellow members.
These are incredible women, young and old, through whom the thread of women and
journalism continues to educate and bond us.

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Personally, There have been times in my life, I don't know what I would have done without the wonderful world of JAWS! How many of us can count on 100+ women to always have your back! And make us laugh and cry and think and challenge. Pretty heady stuff, me thinks.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

A little more diversity maybe.

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

JAWS offers women an embracing community in which those of us who have worked as journalists can share ideas and experiences, support one another and learn from each other. It's an invaluable resource and an inspirational community. Though I am not always able to get to the annual conferences, I value enormously the e-mail communications that JAWS members send to one another and the resources that the organization provides.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My work as the editor of Nieman Reports (www.niemanreports.org)

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Work to expand the outreach of JAWS, especially reaching into journalism school programs.

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

Journalism and Women Symposium introduced me to some great friends, who offer support, job leads and wonderful camaraderie. This organization offers a variety of training opportunities, a great e-mail list and an annual conference that is second to none!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

finding freelance work

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make the annual conference one day longer!

February 26, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 26, 2011

The Journalism and Women Symposium provides a number of excellent benefits:
Access to outstanding female achievers in media fields,
Updating of professional skills in a non-threatening environment,
Confidence-boosting opportunities,
Friendships with female peers,
Opportunities to keep up with industry trends and hear analyses of media issues by outstanding media professionals.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Annual camps in various parts of the country.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase problem-solving exchanges.

February 23, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 23, 2011

JAWs is a group of female journalists that actively supports other females through an e-mail list serve sharing jobs and ideas. And meets once a year in a cool place to listen to excellent (usually) female speakers and laugh a lot. It's a long weekend that allows everyone to recharge their batteries, renew friendships and remember why we love journalism and picked it as our chosen field.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

sooo many ways. i've gotten job leads, made life-long friends, felt that there was somewhere safe to go to talk about career decisions and upsets. and when i was traveling around the country, hawking a book I'd written, i was invited to stay with Jaws members all over the country -- some of whom i didn't even know.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

beef up its website to be a must-visit destination. now i rarely use it.

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