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.
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.
By 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.
By Justine Griffin, JAWS CAMP co-chair
Learn about the atmosphere, panels, community, opportunities and networking
By 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.
Here is a preview of the sessions; more speakers and topics to be added.
The first tweet chat about the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) in Roanoke, Va. and early-bird registration closes on June 30.
By 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.
A New Yorker cartoon portrays a group of men addressing an audience. The caption: “The subject of tonight’s discussion is: why are there no women on this panel?”
The lack of women or people of color on panels is a problem across virtually all professions.
This workshop will provide participants with key leadership skills to help themselves and others succeed in today’s media environment, prepare existing and emerging leaders to step up in their organizations, and improve journalism and media organizations through effective leadership.
Laura Starecheski (reporter/producer), Deborah George (senior editor) and Susanne Reber (executive editor) presented the workshop in Washington, D.C.
A few lessons from our workshop on women leadership in the newsroom.
Story 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.
Story by Gina Setser, JAWS Board Member, and Michelle Johnson, JAWS member | Photo by Viktor Hanacek
Following up on a successful faculty training at Morgan State University, a team including Michelle Johnson of Boston University, freelancer April Bailey and Susy Schultz of Columbia College trained a group of 10 students on Feb. 3-4.
JAWS wants to reach out to our sisters in other journalism organizations to spread the word about our group and look for ways to partner. If you plan to attend a journalism conference, please email JAWS development director Kat Rowlands so she can arm you with cards, pins and information and perhaps coordinate a JAWdess gathering.
This one-day workshop for existing and emerging journalism leaders will address the skills needed in today’s media organizations, from legacy to startup.
Read stories covering science, health, politics, public affairs and media.
By Liz Seegert and Jane Isay, Mentoring Co-Chairs
In an effort to simplify the matching of mentors and mentees, we have devised a new form for both groups to fill out. It’s simple, easy to do, and we hope more effective. It is live on the members-only site.
Members have access to insurance for health, business, life and more through Association Health Programs (AHP).