AWFJ Welcomes Ten New Members in 2018

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At the beginning of each year, the Alliance of Women Film Journalists invites several women to join our organization. In 2018, we are delighted to welcome a diverse group of nine outstanding women film journalists to our organization. Please visit their AWFJ Member Pages and Archives to get to know each of them and sample their work. Continue reading…

In alphabetical order, AWFJ’s 2018 new members are:

Beth Accomando is known as the ‘Cinema Junkie’ on KPBS, where she broadcasts and blogs about film. She is based near San Diego.

Sandie Angulo Chen is Washington DC-based and writes for Common Sense Media and the Washington Post.

Leslie Combemale lives in Reston, Virginia and writes as Cinema Siren for the Reston Patch and various online sites, including

Linda Cook is the film critic for Quad-City Times and reviews films for NBC affiliate KWQC. She lives in Davenport, Iowa.

Courtney Howard is based in Burbank, California. She is a contributing reporter and film critic at both and

Stacia Kissick Jones is a freelance film journalist whose work appears in, and other outlets. She lives in Manhattan, Kansas.

Sarah Knight Adamson lives in the Chicago area. She is the film critic for the Hollywood 360 Radio Network and writes for various online sites, including her own Sarah’s Backstage Pass blog.

Kristen Page-Kirby is a film columnist, reporter and reviewer for the Washington Post Express. She lives in Maryland.

Danielle Solzman is based in Chicago and writes regularly about film for Cultured Vultures, Consequence of Sound, and The Young Folks.

Jessica Zack writes about film regularly for the San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco Magazine. She lives in the Bay area.

Congrats to AWFJ’s new members!

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Jennifer Merin

Jennifer Merin is the Film Critic for Womens eNews and contributes the CINEMA CITIZEN blog for and is managing editor for Women on Film, the online magazine of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists, of which she is President. She has served as a regular critic and film-related interviewer for The New York Press and She has written about entertainment for USA Today, The L.A. Times, US Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Endless Vacation Magazine, Daily News, New York Post, SoHo News and other publications. After receiving her MFA from Tisch School of the Arts (Grad Acting), Jennifer performed at the O'Neill Theater Center's Playwrights Conference, Long Wharf Theater, American Place Theatre and LaMamma, where she worked with renown Japanese director, Shuji Terayama. She subsequently joined Terayama's theater company in Tokyo, where she also acted in films. Her journalism career began when she was asked to write about Terayama for The Drama Review. She became a regular contributor to the Christian Science Monitor after writing an article about Marketta Kimbrell's Theater For The Forgotten, with which she was performing at the time. She was an O'Neill Theater Center National Critics' Institute Fellow, and then became the institute's Coordinator. While teaching at the Universities of Wisconsin and Rhode Island, she wrote "A Directory of Festivals of Theater, Dance and Folklore Around the World," published by the International Theater Institute. Denmark's Odin Teatret's director, Eugenio Barba, wrote his manifesto in the form of a letter to "Dear Jennifer Merin," which has been published around the world, in languages as diverse as Farsi and Romanian. Jennifer's culturally-oriented travel column began in the LA Times in 1984, then moved to The Associated Press, LA Times Syndicate, Tribune Media, Creators Syndicate and (currently) Arcamax Publishing. She's been news writer/editor for ABC Radio Networks, on-air reporter for NBC, CBS Radio and, currently, for Westwood One's America In the Morning. She is a member of the Critics Choice Association in the Film, Documentary and TV branches and a voting member of the Black Reel Awards. For her AWFJ archive, type "Jennifer Merin" in the Search Box (upper right corner of screen).