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February 23, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 23, 2011

The Journalism and Women Symposium offers women throughout the media industry a forum to discuss ideas and issues that directly affect women in the media. We host multimedia workshops both regionally at our annual fall "camp," to help women journalists improve and perfect their skills in a changing media environment.

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Through the informal and formal mentoring that goes on throughout the organization. Whether it's a discussion of the work we are producing, issues we face as women in journalism, or networking to find employment, JAWS is the first place I turn.

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I would grow the organization to 500 members--from around 400 members today--and create a sustainable fund-raising system so that JAWS will be around for many decades to come.

February 23, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 23, 2011

I've recently joined JAWS because of the wonderful opportunities made possible by this organization.
JAWS allows women journalist across the United States, and often abroadm to learn from one another. In doing so, JAWS members share common experiences and learn from one another. This
organization elevates the profession.

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The ability to meet other women commited to elevating the practice of journalism is truly a invaluable experience.

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As a new member, I have much to learn. I'm very pleased to learn of the constant feedback by members.

February 22, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 22, 2011

From its start in 1985, JAWS has been an organization for women unlike any other. It isn't a club or a sorority. It is a symposium where women in journalism meet once a year at a "camp," not a staid convention, to examine the role women play in journalism, find inspiration in their professional lives and commune with each other in great places like Fishkill, Montana. Its earliest members--like Betsy Wade of the New York Times -- were some of the best in the business. I hesitated to join them until I went to camp and found that everyone was equal regardless of title or experience. An incredibly accessible, supportive group. Today as journalism struggles for relevancy, JAWS empowers the next generation of women to find solutions. Between camps, the website and list serv keep everyone alerted to issues, job/fellowship opportunities and the special events members hold around the country

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Contacts (friendships) made through the group were key in arranging top speakers for a college editors workshop I directed at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

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

Hold camps twice a year!

February 22, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 22, 2011

I have met the most amazing, inspirational women since I joined JAWS. As a veteran journalist, I have learned so much from younger members about the changes taking place in our profession and in return have been able to mentor some of the profession's future stars. But JAWS is getting even better as it aims to expand its horizons to offer cutting-edge training to women both starting out in their careers and those needing new skills to stay in the business.

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Making connections, learning new skills

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

Expand its membership and offerings

February 22, 2011

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February 22, 2011

JAWS brings together women in media who have excelled in their work, who want to reach higher and go farther, and who also want to bring younger women along in the news and information business, which hasn't always appreciated its female employees. JAWS camps and mini-camps offer intellectual and professional development and opportunities to build relationships with trailblazers. Membership provides peer-to-peer interaction and support. All of these are critical for female journalists' advancement -- particularly at a time when news-gathering techniques and the economic model for journalism are changing faster than we ever could have imagined.

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the numerous connections that have enriched my professional endeavors and my personal life.

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No specific ideas for change -- succession planning is good and boards have been visionary and productive.

February 22, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 22, 2011

I just joined JAWS last fall and have already benefited from the interesting and relevant discussions on the listserv.

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good information, educational opportunities and connections with other women journalists.

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

not change anything.

February 22, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 22, 2011

Even though I'm a retiree, this organization has kept me informed about the progress of women journalists and has given all of us, from students to retirees, a voice. We have contacts with the most knowledgeable people in our profession and can learn continually.

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I've made friends and learned from other journalists.

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

Have more than one national "camp" and hold events in more easily accessible locations.

February 22, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 22, 2011

Journalism is a rapidly changing profession. The Journalism and Women Symposium provides excellent training in multimedia and other skills to help us keep up with the evolving landscape of the profession. JAWS also provides mentoring and encouragement to help young women advance their careers and veteran journalists re-invent their careers.

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The support and training I receive through JAWS helped me when I changed jobs. Through JAWS, I attended a multimedia workshop that has helped me advance my career.

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

Encourage JAWS to keep growing and find the resources to provide more training opportunities.

February 22, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 22, 2011

JAWS has been the most amazing organization because the women in JAWS believed in my leadership capabilities much more than I did myself. I first came to the annual conference on a fellowship in 1998. I served on the board for two years, helping re-write the strategic plan and fundraise for two challenge grants. When I was asked to stand as president, I never thought I could do it, but these women made me trust in my own abilities. I can always turn to them for professional guidance and personal encouragement. And each conference is an amazing learning experience that I find very empowering. In a chaotic media landscape where diversity is endangered more than ever, JAWS helps women advance in their careers and encourages them to help other women advance as well.

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As a board member, a volunteer, a general member attending conferences and training.

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

Bring in more members and do more fundraising in order to offer more programming to members.

February 22, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 22, 2011

This organization provides unique opportunties to integrate women into news coverage by supporting women journalists in all aspects of news media.

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developing women leaders.

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

help JAWS include more members in more places.

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