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.

Jezebel founder Anna Holmes: CAMP keynote

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Anna HolmesI am so pleased to announce that Anna Holmes has agreed to be our Saturday night keynote speaker at this year’s Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP). She’s excited about it and so am I.

Anna is founder of Jezebel and recipient of the 2012 Mirror Award for Best Commentary for her columns in The New York Times and the Washington Post. She is the editor of two books, “Hell Hath No Fury: Women’s Letters from the End of the Affair” and the “Book of Jezebel: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Lady Things.” She now works as a columnist for the New York Times Book Review and as an editor at Fusion.

Many JAWS members asked for her by name as a potential speaker, and we are honored to have Anna at this year’s CAMP.

Regional gathering recap: August 2014

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JAWS Frederick: The Frederick, Maryland, regional group of JAWS had a special event for our July mixer. We were able to celebrate and attend the public reading of a play written by JAWS member Nancy Luse. The group met at a wine bar before the reading to toast Nancy and then headed to the Maryland Ensemble Theater to watch a reading of Nancy’s play, “Bus Buddies.” It was a hilarious and touching play and the actors and actresses reading the play were phenomenal.

Meet the first JAWS diversity fellow

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AmyStrettenThe Diversity Fellowship signifies the power of JAWS, bringing a journalist traditionally underrepresented in the newsroom to CAMP. By July 1, we received 54 applications for one spot and more than a dozen JAWdesses answered the call for volunteers to help with the selection process. JAWS thanks the Financial Times for its generous support of the Diversity Fellowship.

Amy Stretten is a bilingual (Spanish/English) independent multimedia journalist, blogger and freelance news reporter. Stretten is Native American, from the Chickahominy Tribe of Virginia. As a mixed-race, queer-identifying woman of color, she draws from her personal experience, navigating the world through a multicultural lens, to share stories that matter but may otherwise be misunderstood or overlooked.

Stretten has a unique sensitivity to what matters to diverse communities. As the National Affairs Correspondent at Fusion (ABC and Univision’s millennial-focused joint-venture), she wrote, produced and presented on-air stories and commentary exploring identity and the intersections of race, class, gender and sexual orientation for a millennial audience. Through her writing, she connected the dots between Netflix series “House of Cards” and Native American tribal disenrollment, explained Black American Sign Language and substantiated the need for femme/feminine lesbian visibility.

Meet the first JAWS mid-career fellow

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SuzanneCosgroveThis year we launched the Mid-Career Fellowship with the goal of bringing to CAMP an experienced journalist at a crossroads in her career.

Suzanne Cosgrove is a freelance financial writer, editor and teacher who works on multiple media platforms. A former financial editor at the Chicago Tribune, she currently writes a weekly column on commodities for the Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones.

She also covered commodities and managed funds for Thomson Reuters and previously was the Chicago bureau chief for Market News International.

She is a contributing writer for Market News International and number of other publications, and is an adjunct professor at the Medill School of Journalism.

Meet the first JAWS entrepreneurial fellow

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MelissaLudtkewithMayaThe Entrepreneurial Fellowship is one of our three new fellowship programs this year. It is designed to bring to CAMP an experienced journalist, who is working on an innovative journalism project consistent with the JAWS mission. JAWS received six impressive applications and the selection committee awarded the fellowship to JAWS member, Melissa Ludtke.

When Melissa applied for JAWS first ever Entrepreneurial Fellowship, her application opened with these words: “I might be a veteran journalist — going on 40 years in the business — but I’m a very young digital storytelling entrepreneur.”

Calling all authors!

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By Kelly E. Carter, Coordinator of Books, Browse and Booze for CAMP

BooksBrowseBooze1Did you know that showcasing your book(s) at JAWS CAMP can help pay for your registration and hotel?

That’s right! If you participate in Books, Browse and Booze, taking place Saturday, Nov. 1, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., you may sell enough books to cover your early-bird registration fee (deadline is July 31) and room at La Quinta Resort and Club. Book your room by Sept. 30 to take advantage of the special JAWS rate of $149 plus taxes and fees.

Books, Browse and Booze is where CAMPers can buy books by JAWS authors, meet the authors and chat with them about their latest work.

Staying at La Quinta Resort and Club for CAMP

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guestRoomThe 2014 Conference and Mentoring Project Oct. 31 to Nov. 2 will be packed with practical and inspiring sessions, all held in a beautiful resort near Palm Springs, California, known as Hollywood’s playground.

The La Quinta Resort and Club is one of the original getaways for Hollywood’s stars. If you hear typing late into the night from the room next door, it might not be a fellow JAWdess, but the ghost of Frank Capra writing the script for “It’s a Wonderful Life.” (Yes, he wrote it in one of the suites at the resort.)

Rooms at the resort are separate from registration. Click here to book your room at the special JAWS rate of $149 a night. Rooms must be booked by Sept. 30, 2014, to secure this special rate.

Regional gatherings recap: July 2014

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Albuquerque, New Mexico: The event was hosted by Megan Kamerick and Gwyneth Doland. Helia Vaezian spoke to the group at the Harwood Art Center in Albuquerque about her research on women in Iranian media.

Boulder, Colorado: The night was hosted by Sandra Fish. A half dozen women sipped wine and snacked on Fish’s deck on May 18. They talked about journalism, feminism and more. They also welcomed two new members, Alicia Wallace and Sandy Nance, as a result.

Regional gatherings recap: June 2014

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JAWSNYCJAWS NYC: About 25 fabulous women converged on the East Side of Manhattan for a late spring gathering at Merrill Perlman’s apartment on June 12. Because most people brought dishes familiar on tapas menus, we called it a “tapaluck” rather than a potluck. Ruthie Padawer drove in from New Jersey to be an amazing co-hostess. Among our special guests were Margaret Sullivan, the public editor of the New York Times, being introduced to JAWS; longtime JAWdesses Betsy Wade, Joy Cook, Liz Seegert and Geneva Overholser; and a lot of new members or those who had not yet been to a JAWS event, including Kira Goldenberg, Hanan Kamal – who brought a wonderful lentil and rice dish – Meral Agish, Yvonne Leow and Stephanie Hughes, who just moved to New York and started a job at Bloomberg.

Investigative Training from Start to Finish

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JAWS is thrilled to announce Investigative Training from Start to Finish, which is an all-day investigative training on Oct. 30 BEFORE the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP). It will be led by four of the best investigative reporters in the world — Jennifer LaFleur, Rosemary Armao, Susy Schultz and Maud Beelman, who have all won awards for their work. Jennifer is senior editor of digital journalism at The Center for Investigative Reporting and was the first training director for Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE). Rosemary is an associate professor at Ohio State University, was executive director of IRE and a past JAWS president. Susy is also a former JAWS president, current JAWS vice president and president of the Community Media Workshop in Chicago. Maud is the deputy managing editor at The Dallas Morning News. All four women are JAWS members.

Regional gatherings recap: May 2014

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photo(1)JAWS Frederick, Maryland: For its monthly mixer on April 27, the Frederick JAWS group received free training on using social media as journalists. The training was led by JAWS member Kirstin Garriss of WHAG News in Hagerstown, Maryland, and Marissa Evans of Kaiser Health News in D.C. Seven journalists attended the event: Five were JAWS members and two were not members. Everyone brought laptops or mobile devices to test out the social media tips in real time.

JAWS CAMP sneak peek

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adrienne_lawrence_headshotBy Adrienne Lawrence, CAMP Director

While planning CAMP 2014 in Palm Springs, we’ve jokingly said that JAWS will be taking over Hollywood’s playground. However, on a visit to La Quinta Resort and Club, we found out that it’s not a joke; La Quinta is one of the original getaways for Hollywood’s stars. If you hear typing late into the night from the room next door, it might not be a fellow JAWdess, but the ghost of Frank Capra writing the script for “It’s a Wonderful Life.” (Yes, he wrote it in one of the suites at the resort.)

There are plenty of fun reasons to go to CAMP this year, like a spa, 41 swimming pools and hot tubs, tennis, hiking and golf, but there’s also top-notch training and experts that will only be at this journalism conference.

Apply for the Emerging Journalist Fellowship

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By Kira Zalan, JAWS Board Member

The Journalism and Women Symposium raises money each year to support our Emerging Journalist Fellowship program, which brings 10 women starting careers in journalism to the annual JAWS Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP). (See last year’s fellowship winners.) At CAMP, they meet industry leaders, trailblazers, and have the opportunity to learn new skills and share their own. This year’s JAWS CAMP is in Palm Springs, California, from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2, 2014.

CAMP 2014 site visit

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meganAndAdrienne By Megan Sweas and Adrienne Lawrence, JAWS CAMP Co-Chairs

While planning CAMP 2014 in Palm Springs, we’ve jokingly said that JAWS will be taking over Hollywood’s playground. However, on a visit to La Quinta Resort and Club, we found out that it’s not a joke; La Quinta is one of the original getaways for Hollywood’s stars. If you hear typing late into the night from the room next door, it might not be a fellow JAWdess, but the ghost of Frank Capra writing the script for “It’s a Wonderful Life.” (Yes, he wrote it in one of the suites at the resort.)

Regional gatherings recap: March 2014

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BayAreaRegionalEventJAWS Bay Area: A dozen JAWdesses gathered at the home of past president Katherine Ann Rowlands in Oakland on March 13 to celebrate the publication of Caryl Rivers’ insightful new book, “The New Soft War on Women: How the Myth of Female Ascendance Is Hurting Women, Men – and Our Economy.” There was a wonderful discussion about her book, the need to include men in the discussion about empowering women, and how to define leadership for women in journalism.

JAWS Seattle reinvigorated

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Better Kat picBy Katherine Ann Rowlands, JAWS Ambassador

JAWS is making headway in establishing new — or renewed — chapters around the country, with the most recent effort to gather women journalists in Seattle.

Susanna Ray, a former reporter with Bloomberg, will be our new regional captain for the area, with help from longtime member Joy Cordell, who is creating a new Google group for journalists in the region. They were both key to organizing a Feb. 27 event with Tableau Software training, attended by local JAWdesses and a couple of us who were in town for the Association of Writers and Writer Programs conference.

Join JAWS’ spring fling potluck in May

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Jennifer dePaulBy Jen DePaul, JAWS Board Member, Chair of Regional Gatherings

We’d like to announce the first annual JAWS “Spring Fling Potluck!” Most of our active chapters already host regular monthly gatherings, usually in the form of a happy hour. We want to challenge you to ramp up your regional gathering by hosting a potluck in the month of May. Our goal is to have every active chapter (Bay Area; Boston; Chicago; D.C.; Frederick, Md.; New York City; Seattle; and Southern Calif.) participate in this event.