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CAMP 2016: Why attend CAMP

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By Casey Hynes, JAWS Regional Captain

When I came to the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) as an Emerging Journalist fellow last year, I was excited but also nervous and intimidated. Sure, I had seen the newsletters promising that the Conference and Mentoring Project isn’t your average conference (something I might have guessed when I read that everyone should come wearing their favorite big earrings). But I was still unsure of how I’d fit in or if I belonged among this talented group of women.

CAMP — and JAWS more broadly — exceeded my every hope and expectation. From the moment I arrived, every JAWdess I met was warm and welcoming. Journalists whose work I admired were willing to chat about career strategies and story ideas. The outpourings of support and advice were incredible. All of the keynotes and breakout sessions were led by smart, experienced women, and the sense of sisterhood was palpable. It didn’t matter if we were talking shop over cocktails or sharing our encounters with sexism. There was a constant air of camaraderie and understanding.

CAMP 2016: Sharing is caring

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By Marina Villeneuve, JAWS CAMP co-chair

Sharing is caring — and it’s no different at CAMP.

Whether it’s a pen during a workshop, coffees before early morning sessions or a tasty meal at a nearby diner, the annual Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) is a time when things are freely shared.

We especially love sharing rides and hotel rooms. A list is available for those looking for a ride or a roomie, or for those with a room or car to share.

JAWS attends UNITY Caucus

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Journalism & Women Symposium logoBy Lottie Joiner, Washington, D.C. co-regional captain

In June, JAWS attended the third annual UNITY Diversity Caucus. UNITY Journalists for Diversity advocates fair and accurate coverage of diverse communities including race, nationality, ethnicity, gender identity and sexual orientation. The organization also encourages media outlets to hire staff who reflect the country’s diversity.

Representatives from more than a dozen media outlets and organizations including NPR, the Online News Association, McClatchy, Nieman Journalism Lab, USA Today Network, Fund for Investigative Journalism, The Washington Post, Maynard Institute and CNN attended the Caucus session, held June 17 at American University in Washington, D.C.

CAMP 2016: Why CAMP matters

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jessica_langloisBy Jessica Langlois, JAWS Southern California Co-Captain

I just registered for the 2016 JAWS Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP), which will be held in Roanoke, Va., Oct. 28 to 30 – and I hope you will do the same! You can check out the schedule and register here.

Here’s why CAMP matters.

My first JAWS CAMP was in 2012 in Albuquerque, N.M., and I can trace so many milestones in my career back to that weekend.

Contribute to CrowdRise campaign for 2016 CAMP fellows

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11.1.2014_JAWSCAMP_EllieVanHoutte-3953By Georgia Dawkins, JAWS Board Member

Two years ago, more than 200 women welcomed me and the other 2014 fellows into this sisterhood.

The experience began before we ever arrived in Palm Springs, California. For some of us, it started before we got accepted into the fellowship program.

The women of Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) were already raising money for our travel, lodging and training. Before we could ask our family and friends for financial assistance, hundreds of women we’d never met were already investing in our future. This year, 13 women will get the chance to experience the sisterhood that we can’t do without.

How to prepare for a journalism job fair

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JAWSDC_20160319_jobfairStory by Lottie Joiner and Connie K. Ho, JAWS members | Photo by Lottie Joiner

The Journalism and Women Symposium was a co-organizer of the third annual Washington, D.C., Journalism Job Fair held March 19 and hosted by the Georgetown University’s Master’s in Journalism Program. JAWS D.C. regional co-captains Lottie Joiner and Lisa Gillespie served on the host committee along with members of the Washington, D.C., chapters of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the Asian American Journalists Association, the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Washington Association of Black Journalists.

More than 200 job seekers met with recruiters from 21 major media outlets including The Washington Post, Politico, CNN, Gannett/USA Today Network, U.S. News and World Report, Associated Press and Vox. The event attracted a wide range of attendees — from those still in school to experienced journalists.