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 2016: One-on-one with Mishal Bukhara of Neo @ 5 in Pakistan

JAWS CAMP 2016 l

image6Story by Laura Onyeneho, 2016 JAWS Fellow

Among the talented women at JAWS CAMP this year is an international journalist who is paving the way for women in the media industry in her native Pakistan.

Mishal Bukhari is an award-winning news anchor for Neo @ 5. She is the host of her own news and current affairs program on Pakistan’s prominent news channels. She was a former subeditor and reporter for the Daily Express, and has covered major stories like the bombings of Pakistan’s security agency buildings, suicide blasts in Bhakkar, and corruption among government officials in Pakistan. Now, she volunteers with journalists and psychologists helping families in Pakistan affected by violence and terrorism.

CAMP 2016: Fran Lewine Memorial Interview

JAWS CAMP 2016 l

fran_lewine_1Story and photos by Emily Wilkins, 2016 JAW Fellow

Every Monday in a small-town library in Maine, Kathy Bonk meets with about 30 women to discuss how to finally ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.

“There’s a renewed effort for an equal rights amendment right now, 40 years later,” she told a crowd of about 200 women at JAWS, the Journalism and Women Symposium. “It’s happening all over.”

CAMP 2016: Freelancer Free-for-All: Top ways to diversify your opportunities

JAWS CAMP 2016 l

Story by Laura Onyeneho, 2016 JAWS Fellow | Photo by Erica Yoon, CAMP photographer

Being a freelancer has its perks: There is no better feeling than being able to control your own work schedule and pay on your own time. But it also has its downsides: You have to find ways to earn a constant stream of income or battle between following your passion and paying those bills on time.

CAMP 2016: Call for survey responses

JAWS CAMP 2016 l

20151010_CAMP_043v2Research released in April by the American Press Institute (API) shows just 6 percent of people say they have a “great deal of confidence” in the press. In a plenary session at CAMP, API will talk about some ideas on how to improve trust in media. API wants to see how your thoughts on trust and media compare to the results of our recent survey of media consumers.

CAMP 2016: What to pack for CAMP

JAWS CAMP 2016 l

IMG_7413v2CAMP is a time to build career skills, enrich the spirit and relax with colleagues. We also schedule ample free time for CAMPers to explore the area, mentor each other and catch up with old friends. We’re excited to see you this week, here’s a list of items you can consider bringing with you to Roanoke. Leave the cocktail dresses and power suits at home, and get ready for a relaxing weekend.

CAMP 2016: Meet the authors at Books & Browse

JAWS CAMP 2016 l

girl-writing-in-a-diary-picjumbo-comBy Joanne Bamberger, Books & Browse Coordinator

Are you ready for the big “Books & Browse” event at this year’s conference in Roanoke? Every year at the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP), JAWS provides the opportunity for members to mingle with our member authors and purchase some of the great books they’ve published.

This year’s Books & Browse session will be held on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 6 to 7 p.m. And this isn’t just an opportunity to support our authors; it’s also a chance to help support JAWS, as many of the authors have agreed to donate a portion of their proceeds for JAWS’ ongoing programs.

CAMP 2016: Generations of JAWS

JAWS CAMP 2016 l

sarahshemkusBy Sarah Shemkus, JAWS communications co-chair

I will be easy to spot at the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) this year. I will be the one toting around an adorable (I know, I know — that’s not exactly proper journalistic objectivity) baby girl in a JAWS onesie. And I will almost certainly not be the only mother there managing child care while taking advantage of all the sessions, talks and networking CAMP has to offer; over the years I have seen fellow CAMPers making the rounds with infants, toddlers and even teens.

CAMP 2016: Time for a tech tuneup

JAWS CAMP 2016, Recent News l


By Liz Seegert and Stephanie Yamkovenko, CAMP tech training organizers | Photo by Viktor Hanacek

Are you a newbie when it comes to Google Tools? Do you know a tweet from an Instagram? Or are you a savvy social media user who wants to take your game to the next level? Then our CAMP Tech Training sessions are for you!

We’re doing things a little differently this year, with more focused workshops that fit in to the rest of the CAMP schedule. We are coordinating three sessions that run the gamut from Twitter 101 to livestreaming to optimizing your workflow through Google.