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 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.
We’re excited to see you at the annual Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) in Roanoke this year! Here are a few helpful answers to some of the most Frequently Asked Questions. See you soon!
The top five things to do in and around Roanoke.
A recap of the third Twitter chat regarding the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP). CAMP will take place in Roanoke, Va. Oct. 28-30. Register today!
Voting for the 2016-2017 Board of Directors for the Journalism and Women Symposium opens on Friday, Oct. 21, at 12 p.m. Eastern and closes on Saturday, Oct. 29, at 12 p.m. Eastern. JAWS members in good standing may vote; voting is closed to student and associate members. Anyone who renews their membership during the voting window can contact email@example.com for a ballot.
By 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.
By 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.
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.
The second tweet chat about the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) in Roanoke, Va. The regular registration rate ends on Sept. 15.
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 Pam Moreland, JAWS Board Member
With fewer than 100 days before CAMP 2016, it is time to get serious about donations to the Online and Onsite Auctions.
We need your help to make this year’s auctions successful. After all, money raised by the auctions will help to underwrite JAWS programs.
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 Merrill Perlman, JAWS Board Member
If you are coming to CAMP for the first time, don’t be nervous. We’ve got your back.
If you’re new to journalism, don’t be shy. We’ve got your back.
If you’re new to being a woman, don’t worry. We’ve got your back.
If you’ve never been to a journalism conference, don’t hyperventilate. We’ve got your back.
As nearly anyone who has been to CAMP can testify, Journalism and Women Symposium’s Conference and Mentoring Project is different.
By Bobbi Olson, JAWS member
Where the heck is Roanoke, Va.?
If you draw a straight line from Washington, D.C., to Atlanta, somewhere in the middle you’ll find Roanoke, Va. Roanoke is by the Blue Ridge Mountains, off the Appalachian Trail, in southern Virginia, at the tip of the Shenandoah Valley region. Yes, there are ways to get there.
By Justine Griffin, JAWS CAMP co-chair
Learn about the atmosphere, panels, community, opportunities and networking
Journalism and Women Symposium is excited to welcome the 2016 fellowship recipients to the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) in Roanoke, Va. Oct. 28 to Oct. 30.
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.
Learn about the upcoming programming, speakers and conference theme.
By Joanne Bamberger, Books & Browse Coordinator
Calling all JAWS authors!
Are you always on the lookout for ways to promote your recent book project or ways to connect with other authors? The JAWS Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) is the perfect place to do that!
We authors know that promoting and selling the books we’ve written can be a full-time job, but the JAWS sisterhood can help you with that during our annual Books & Browse event. During this popular session, CAMPers can buy books by JAWS authors, meet the authors and chat with them about their latest work.