Training and Mentorship

The cornerstone of JAWS’ work is training and mentorship. Often this takes place at our annual Conference and Mentorship Program (CAMP) gathering, but we also strive to provide opportunities for members to connect through regional gatherings and trainings. In addition, we also work to partner up mentors who wish to share their experience and expertise with mentees who seek to grow, advance and lead. We call this symbiosis, as mentoring is often a two-way exchange.

CAMP 2017: Get ready for the online and on-site auctions

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Meg HeckmanBy Meg Heckman, JAWS Member

This year’s Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) is still months away, but it’s already time to start thinking about what you can donate to our online and onsite auctions.

This will be the fifth year JAWS has operated an online auction, giving members who are unable to attend CAMP a chance to bid on great stuff while supporting a good cause.

Last year, we raised over $3,000 through the online auction, and we’d love to beat that number this fall – so start thinking about what you can contribute. Luxury items and vacation destinations are always welcome, but services – editing, career coaching and book proposal coaching – are usually a hit, too.

CAMP 2017: Unplugging in Arkansas, conference registration opens April 24

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By Roxanne Foster, JAWS Operations Director

Who’s ready for CAMP 2017 in Hot Springs?

I already know what some of you are thinking because I read it on your faces whenever I mentioned being excited about heading to Arkansas, for CAMP 2017 while in Roanoke last year.

Arkansas?

Here’s the scoop: if you’ve never visited Arkansas, you don’t know what you’re missing. Just ask any of the JAWdesses whose faces lit up when I mentioned we’d be at The Arlington because they know all about this historic gem in the heart of the Ouachita Mountains where unplugging from the hustle of life helps melt the stress away. (Taking a dip in one of the thermal baths filled with 98 degree water brought up from the earth’s core, followed by a massage also helps.)

CAMP 2017: Propose a session by Jan. 17

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By Lindsey Anderson, JAWS CAMP 2017 co-chair

Somehow 2016 has flown by, and we’re already preparing for the 2017 JAWS CAMP in Hot Springs, Ark., next October.

We want next year’s CAMP to inspire you, encourage you and teach you something new — but we need your help.

Do you have an idea for an awesome keynote speaker? Do you want to set up a panel or workshop? Are you itching to share your know-how on a certain topic or technology?

We want to hear from you!

CAMP 2016: Being a Muslim reporter in the age of Islamaphobia

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10302016_jawscamp_dailyselects_ericayoon_15Story by Mary Pember, 2016 JAWS Fellow | Photo by Erica Yoon, CAMP photographer

Although the faces and names are new, a panel at JAWS CAMP about Islamaphobia reaffirmed a shamefully persistent problem in today’s newsrooms: Too few people of color and diverse religious backgrounds are at the table when journalists decide how to cover communities that fall outside of the knowledge and comfort zones of mainstream white America.

CAMP 2016: Covering mass shootings: Best practices for journalists

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10292016_jawscamp_dailyselects_ericayoon_9Story by Brenna Goth, 2016 JAWS Fellow | Photo by Erica Yoon, CAMP photographer

Journalists never know when they might be called to cover a mass shooting or other violent tragedy.

Reporters are not always prepared. National publications might send them to an unfamiliar place or local media could pull them off their normal beats. Unreliable official sources, misinformation spread through social media and competing narratives can complicate the chaos.

CAMP 2016: Connecting with sources in a suspicious society

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kotecha_art_of_storytelling_building_trust_2Story and photos by Jigna Kotecha, 2016 JAWS Fellow

How do journalists report stories of people who are distrustful of news media? How can a journalist establish trust to get invited into people’s lives? Fernanda Santos, Phoenix bureau chief of The New York Times, answered these questions at an Oct. 29 JAWS panel on the art of storytelling by sharing her experience reporting about a wildfire in Arizona that killed 19 firefighters in 2013.

CAMP 2016: When the workplace does you wrong, is there a way to make it right?

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farzan_workplace_marissa_evansStory and photo by Shahla Farzan, 2016 JAWS Fellow

Like many workers, journalists face a range of issues in the workplace, from harassment to discrimination. Feelings of powerlessness and isolation often prevent journalists from voicing concerns about issues, particularly for freelancers and other contractors. At a panel on workplace challenges at JAWS CAMP on Oct. 29, five panelists spoke about their personal experiences and suggested potential ways to navigate difficult situations.

CAMP 2016: Three things to consider before you tweet that tweet or take that video

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mediajugglers_shah_panelStory and photos by Angilee Shah, 2016 JAWS Fellow

If you feel like you are being asked to do it all, you’re not alone.

Three journalists spoke on a panel at the Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) conference Oct. 29 about the challenges of doing good journalism while juggling text, video, images, sound and social media. Their main message? Stand up for yourself and your stories and resist the urge (and the pressure) to tell stories on all platforms.