In her 20s, Karen Michel moved to an Eskimo village in Alaska to teach art. The transplanted New Yorker didn’t know a thing about producing radio. That didn’t stop her from applying for a job at a station in Fairbanks.
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.
While Nikole Hannah-Jones may be one of the newest recipients of the MacArthur “genius grant” fellowship, the New York Times magazine investigative reporter has often been seen as a woman who is “not supposed to be here.”
Before you even think of tackling that book proposal, you need to ask yourself a lot of questions.
Two publishing experts, Jane Isay and Gail Ross, hosted “Your Path: So, You Want to Write a Book?” discussing book ideas, proposals and outlining the “table test”— a set of criteria for finding a book deal—at the Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) Conference and Mentoring Project in Hot Springs, Ark.
The quality of your relationships with co-workers keeps the engine of success running. This was the lesson delivered at the “Finding the Leader in You” workshop lead by Tara Puckey, Associate Executive Director at the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), at Journalism and Women Symposium’s 2017 Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP).
One question is on the mind of every journalist in 2017: Should I make a podcast?
“I bet you know what I’m going to tell you,” said Tara Anderson, producer and host of the podcast Five Things, from Louisville Public Media in Louisville, Ky.
Podcasts are the new blogs. Everyone from journalists to commentators to comedians wants one. With over 300,000 podcasts on iTunes, how do you make yours stand out from the crowd?
That was the premise of a day-long workshop on Oct. 27 to help Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) members figure out how to stand out in a crowded market. The workshop was led by Tara Anderson, host and producer of the “Five Things” podcast, in which she conducts interviews through a “show and tell” activity – asking guests to describe the objects that tell their stories.
Story by Brooke Lewis, 2017 JAWS Fellow
Amy Wu wants others to know they can do it too. When the veteran journalist began working at The Salinas Californian more than a year and a half ago, she faced a daunting task.
Story and photo by Louise Dewast, 2017 JAWS Fellow
Trauma and resilience are two words that people forget are compatible. This wisdom is especially important for journalists to remember.
While everyone deals with negative emotions, as reporters in the field, many of us have experienced disturbing scenes or interviewed survivors of traumatic events. The after-effects of these encounters often leave us emotionally depleted. We find ourselves asking, “How do I cope and keep doing my job?”
For anyone who thinks managing social media in a newsroom simply entails tweeting or posting a story link on Facebook, think again. According to Renee Ernst, producer of social publishing at CNN, it means being a gatekeeper of breaking news with an extreme amount of responsibility.
CAMP 2017 in Hot Springs, Ark. was in full swing on Saturday, Oct. 28, with a wide variety of panels, Betsy Wade taking the stage for the Fran Lewine Interview, lunch keynote by Lynn Sweet and evening keynote by Nikole Hannah-Jones. Relive the experience in this highlight reel with photos by Erica Yoon.
CAMP 2017 in Hot Springs, Ark. started on Friday, Oct. 27, with podcasting and leadership workshops, CAMP 101 and welcoming this year’s class of fellows, and the cherished traditions of 10-second introductions and the Friday Night Welcome Party. Relive the experience in this highlight reel with photos by Erica Yoon.
Story by Chandra Bozelko, 2017 JAWS Fellow
After leading a plenary session, “Slow Thinking: Self-Audits and Superior Sources: A Toolbox for Counteracting Bias,” New York Times op-ed editor Jenée Desmond-Harris and KQED host Tonya Mosley led an Implicit Bias Training Debrief for approximately 25 attendees of Journalism and Women Symposium’s Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) in Hot Springs, Ark.
Speakers from the American Press Institute offered insight into the purpose and value of media analytics, along with a few platform suggestions, at the Journalism and Women Symposium’s annual conference on Sunday, Oct. 29. The “Metrics to Magnify Your Journalism” panel was led by Liz Worthington (director of content strategy), Amy Kovac-Ashley (senior newsroom learning program manager) and Katie Kutsko (assistant program manager).
StoryCorps has a new outreach program.
StoryCorps.me allows organizations to form their own communities, where they can create and house their oral archives.
By Lindsey Anderson, JAWS member
Bummed you can’t make it to Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) this year? You can still follow the goings-on in Hot Springs from afar.
Like all good journalists, dozens of attendees will be tweeting from each conference session. Check out the hashtag #jaws17 on social media for panel highlights and the low-down on the latest in journalism.
Get ready to bid!
The annual online auction for Journalism and Women Symposium is now open, giving you one week to bid on a California vacation, a leadership coaching session or a guided stroll in Central Park — all while raising money to support the mentoring, training and support provided by Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS).