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

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

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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 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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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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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...

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

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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Hold camps twice a year!

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

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.

Ways to make it better...

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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

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.

Ways to make it better...

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

help JAWS include more members in more places.

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