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 2015: Essential apps for mobile storytelling

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By Nicole Chavez, JAWS Fellow

You can turn your phone into your best ally for reporting and also promote your work on social media with just a few clicks.

“It’s not really to engage your audience, it’s to attract new people to your platform,” said Jackie Spinner, assistant professor of journalism at Columbia College Chicago and correspondent for Columbia Journalism Review. It’s as much about branding as reporting.

At CAMP 2015, Spinner went over the basics of how to take better photos with your smartphone, what apps can turn your phone into a better camera and also a few apps that can help you distribute your photos and stories.

CAMP 2015: Washington for Sale 2016

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By Cassie Cope, 2015 JAWS Fellow

Campaign finance is the best beat ever, according to a journalist who investigates political spending.

That’s because someone has to follow the money, said Carrie Levine, a campaign finance reporter for the Center for Public Integrity.

“If someone is going to figure out who is getting rich here, who is breaking the rules, it is on us,” Levine said.

Levine was joined by Denise Roth Barber of the National Institute on Money in State Politics and Nancy Watzman of Television Archive in leading the “Washington for Sale 2016” session at the JAWS Conference and Mentoring Project. Alison Fitzgerald Kodjak of NPR moderated.

CAMP 2015: Pre-conference data visualization workshop

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By Kirstin Garriss, 2015 JAWS Fellow

Stories and datasets have one thing in common — details. As journalists, we weave details in and out of sentences to create stories. You can do the same thing with data.

All day Friday, a packed room of journalists learned how to mine rows of numbers and text to extract stories important to readers.

During the 2015 DataViz workshop at JAWS CAMP in Whitefish, Mont., the journalists explored the world of data through visualization and learned how to creatively present data to an audience. Cheryl Phillips, a Stanford University data journalism lecturer, shared some quick tips for mastering Excel and explained how to incorporate your data into storytelling. Tableau customer community specialist Lauren Rogers showed how to turn data into visuals.

CAMP 2015: Celebrate JAWS authors at Books & Browse

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By Michele Weldon, CAMP Books & Browse Coordinator

What has 12 legs, six books, thousands of pages and an hour devoted to it on the JAWS Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) schedule Friday night? Books & Browse is the heralded tradition at CAMP when you can chat with JAWS authors and have them sign their books. This year, B&B will follow the Friday night dinner and come before the throwback to 1985 party.

Veteran JAWS members Jane Isay, Jeannie Morris, Caryl Rivers and myself will be talking truth in recently published books about secrets, relationships, politics, gender, work, media, parenting and more. We will also have a spot for veteran members Mary C. Curtis and Lisen Stromberg to discuss their contributions to an upcoming book on Hillary Clinton.

Regional gatherings recap: July 2015

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JAWS D.C.: On July 15, Peggy Simpson hosted the JAWS dinner she had generously auctioned off at CAMP. Enjoying the sunshine on Peggy’s D.C., rooftop garden are Peggy, Kira Zalan, Arnesa Howell, Linda Kramer Jenning, Angela Greiling Keane, Nikki Raz and Emily Shenk. Missing from the photo are Bonnie Rollins (who was taking the photo) and Pat Sullivan who was on the phone.

JAWS SoCal: Lottie Joiner met up with local JAWS members in Southern California following training as a National Journalism Health Fellow at USC. Shout out to SoCal Regional Captain Megan Sweas, who organized the gathering.

CAMP 2015: Los Angeles Times’ Mitra Kalita to present keynote at CAMP

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mitra_kalitaBy Linda Kramer Jenning, JAWS President

Los Angeles Times managing editor S. Mitra Kalita will be joining JAWS in Whitefish, Mont., to give the Saturday dinner keynote talk at our 30th anniversary Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP).

You might already know Kalita from when she worked at The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Associated Press or Newsday, or more recently when she was the founding ideas editor at Quartz and then its executive editor at large. She oversaw the launches of Quartz India and Quartz Africa. This fascinating career path also included a sojourn in India, where she became the founding editor of Mint, a business paper in New Delhi.

Regional gatherings recap: June 2015

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JAWSDC_LakeJacksonJAWS D.C.: At least three dozen JAWS members gathered Saturday at Roberta Baskin’s breathtaking home on the bank of Jackson Lake in Manassas, Va. In addition to boat rides by Capt. Jim (Roberta’s husband and journalist), JAWS members enjoyed dips in the pool and great conversation at every corner. If only every summer day could be this magical!

CAMP 2015: Programming preview

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By Emily Shenk, JAWS CAMP Co-Chair

Fall may seem far off, but the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) in beautiful Whitefish, Mont., is just a few months away! We are very excited about the 30th anniversary CAMP, which will celebrate our accomplishments together so far but also look forward to the next 30 years. What lies ahead for women in journalism? How will the way we tell stories evolve in the coming decade? What skills can we gain to become better leaders in our workplaces?

We’re planning a lineup of interactive sessions to help you explore these questions and more. Early-bird registration ends June 30, so register now to get the best deal. If you need more convincing, here are some highlights that I’m particularly excited about.

Regional gatherings recap: May 2015

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JAWS_AHCJ_0415JAWS Bay Area: Sharkey and the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of JAWS made an appearance at the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ) conference in Santa Clara, Calif., on April 25. We had a great time catching up with JAWdesses from across the country and meeting journalists attending the AHCJ conference.