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: Why attend CAMP

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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.

CAMP 2016: Sharing is caring

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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.

CAMP 2016: The (casual) sisterhood of CAMP

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merrill_perlmanBy 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.

CAMP 2016: Why CAMP matters

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jessica_langloisBy 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.

CAMP 2016: Books & Browse

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BooksBrowseBooze1By 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.

Regional gatherings recap: February 2016

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jawsnyc_roosevelthouseJAWS NYC: JAWdesses met at the Roosevelt House for an intimate tour led by Deborah Gardner. She regaled attendees with accounts of the historic events that took place at the house, with an emphasis on Eleanor Roosevelt’s life and achievements, and also led the group through the exhibit on the suffrage movement. The show is open to the public through April 2.

Regional gatherings recap: January 2016

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jaws_Jennifer_masciaJAWS Bay Area: Campaign finance reporting isn’t just for political geeks. Do you cover sports or business? Who is making money from campaigns in your city or state? JAWS president Sandra Fish talked with Bay Area JAWS members about this topic recently. Read more in the members-only site.

JAWS NYC: JAWS member Tina Susman interviews Jennifer Mascia, a staff writer at The Trace, a news site dedicated to gun violence and policy. Mascia spoke about the start of the organization and her experience on the beat. Listen to the track at the members-only site.