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: Bring back treasures from the road to share with JAWdesses

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By Julia Airey, JAWS member

The 2017 Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) is fast approaching! And that means, for those of you who haven’t attended one before, it’s time to start thinking ideas for the onsite auction!

For the past five years, CAMP has hosted an onsite and online auction to raise money to help cover JAWS CAMP programming. Last year the onsite auction raised almost $4,000 last year and we are confident we can do even better this October. And the best part? While luxury items like watches and vacation trips bid well, so do handicrafts and clothing – so everyone has a shot at contributing!

CAMP 2017: Introducing this year’s fellowship class

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A young journalist who covered the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub last year and played a big part in the team that has continued to examine the attack. A magazine editor looking into launching a podcast about women, writing, working, and persisting in their 20s. A veteran reporter who has focused on highlighting first-generation and non-traditional college students as well as transgender Americans living in Texas. These are just a few of the inspiring women who have recognized as 2017 JAWS fellows and will be attending the Conference and Mentoring Project in Hot Springs, Ark., in October.

CAMP 2017: Call for authors for Books and Browse

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Are you an author who is looking to share your recently published book with friends and colleagues from around the country? If so, we’d love to showcase your work at the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) in Hot Springs!

We’re looking for eight authors to feature at Books and Browse this year. The event is one of the highlights of our conference where attendees can buy books, meet with authors and chat with them about their work. It’s scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 28, from 6 to 7 p.m. at The Arlington Resort Hotel and Spa.

CAMP 2017: How to arrange your travel and hotel to Hot Springs, Ark.

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CAMP 2017 is just a few months away and we encourage you to look in to travel and hotel options as early as possible to save money. The conference will be held Oct. 27 to 29 at The Arlington Resort Hotel and Spa, which is located at 239 Central Ave. in Hot Springs, Ark. Hotel amenities include free wi-fi, complimentary parking, a fitness room, year-round twin outdoor pools and hot tub, entertainment in the hotel lobby Thursday to Saturday nights, and a prime location in the Historic District across from Hot Springs National Park.

CAMP 2017: Hear from past CAMPers, register today!

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Are you still on the fence about attending this year’s Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) in Hot Springs, Ark.? We have great programming and speakers planned for this year’s conference. There are also tons of fun activities, awesome sights and sounds, and good eats to explore in the area.

We don’t want you to miss out on the opportunity to learn, participate in mentoring and networking, and recharge in a beautiful setting – here are some participants from last year’s CAMP on why CAMP is like no other conference.

CAMP 2017: Pay it forward with JAWS fellowships fundraising campaign

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By Nicole Raz, JAWS fellowships co-chair

Can you point to the exact moment when you realized, “Aha! Now I get to be in a position to pay it forward”?

I can. It was at the end of my JAWS Emerging Journalist Fellowship in 2014. The fellows and I organized on Twitter to take over the stage of whatever wonderful lunch or wrap-up session was taking place to say thank you to everybody for giving us the opportunity to be part of JAWS and 2014 JAWS’ Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP).

CAMP 2017: Meet Maureen Bunyan, Fran Lewine speaker

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We’re very excited to announce that television news anchor Maureen Bunyan has agreed to be the Fran Lewine interviewee at CAMP this October!

Maureen Bunyan is a 44-year veteran of television news who anchored the 6 o’clock weeknight newscasts for ABC7/WJLA-TV from 1999 to 2017.

She is known as a leader in the newsroom and an advocate for women and minorities in journalism. She is a founder of the International Women’s Media Foundation which serves women in the media in 100 countries. She is also a founder of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), where she was inducted into the NABJ Hall of Fame in January of 201

CAMP 2017: Nikole Hannah-Jones, Lynn Sweet to keynote

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By Marina Villeneuve, CAMP co-chair

This year at the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP), we’re celebrating the act of veering off the beaten path and speaking truth to power.

And in that vein, we are so excited to announce our two keynote speakers: Nikole Hannah-Jones, a domestic correspondent for The New York Times Magazine focusing on racial injustice, and Lynn Sweet, a columnist and Washington Bureau Chief at the Chicago Sun-Times.

CAMP 2017: First set of conference programming, featuring reporter’s toolkit and career building

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By Lindsey Anderson, CAMP co-chair

Registration for CAMP 2017 is in full swing – and a slate of engaging and enlightening sessions is already lined up.

Sessions this year are organized around three themes:

Going Deep: Focused on specific reporting topics to build your expertise
Your Path: How to navigate career hurdles and find opportunities to advance
Reporter’s Toolkit: Concrete tips and tools to help you hone your trade

Here is a preview of some sessions.

CAMP 2017: Register for pre-conference workshops on podcasting and leadership

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By Roxanne Foster, JAWS operations director

You asked, we delivered: we have two exciting pre-conference workshops planned on podcasting and leadership skills.

In 2013, men hosted 70 percent of the 100 most popular podcasts in the world (Bitch Magazine) and the number of women leaders and employees has remained stubbornly flat since the nineties (ASNE).

All you trailblazers out there working to reverse those stats, these are for you.

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

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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.)