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Lisa Gillespie


As many of you know, I'm a reporter and a member of Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS), a professional organization for female journos.
I've made great friends through JAWS, and more importantly, gained a network of like-minded female journos who know how hard it is to get a job reporting amid mass newsroom layoffs.

Their annual conference is October 31 - Nov. 2, and I've been chosen to be a copy editor for the Conference and Mentoring Project blog in exchange for waived registration, room and board. Now, all I need is a plane ticket.Even $5 helps.

I got into journalism because I wanted to help people. When I was in high school, my father's cousin committed suicide. I was a senior in high school, and wrote an op-ed about being a survivor of suicide. It was one of the only ways I knew how to process it -- writing. One day after class, a classmate I barely knew told me he'd recently moved to town because his father had done the same. He thanked me for writing it.
A few years later I wrote about a former death row inmate's struggle to find housing and a job post-release. And recently I reported on a small hospital closing and the fallout on a small, rural community.

In PBS-speak: With your contribution you'll be investing in my career and will receive a beautiful portrait of my Halloween costume, along with stories for years to come.



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