CAMP 2016: Danyel Smith and Aminda “Mindy” Marqués Gonzalez to present keynotes

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By Justine Griffin, Vice President and CAMP Co-chair

Here are two great reasons to come to the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) this fall in Roanoke, Va.: Our keynoters will be Danyel Smith, cultural lead at “The Undefeated” for ESPN, and Aminda “Mindy” Marqués Gonzalez, the executive editor and vice president of news for The Miami Herald.

Danyel recently joined ESPN’s “The Undefeated,” which explores the intersections of race, sports and culture, as culture lead. She was a 2013-2014 John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University. Previously, Danyel was editor of Billboard, editor-at-large at Time Inc., and editor-in-chief of VIBE.

Danyel is the co-founder of HRDCVR, a design-centered hardcover media project created by diverse teams for a diverse world. She has written for ESPN The Magazine, the Guardian, NPR, CNN, Rolling Stone, Condé Nast Media Group and The New York Times. Danyel teaches at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School. She was born and raised in California, but lives in Washington, D.C., and New York City.

Mindy began her journalism career as an intern at The Miami Herald and rose through the ranks to become the daily newspaper’s first Hispanic editor in 2010. She is only the second woman to hold the post.

Mindy has been a metro reporter, assistant city editor, deputy metro editor and features editor, directing The Herald’s local, state and community news operations. She was also the Miami bureau chief for People magazine, overseeing coverage for the southeastern United States, the Caribbean and Latin America.

Under her leadership, The Herald was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for its 2010 coverage of the earthquake in Haiti and again in 2012 in public service for a series detailing Florida’s systemic failure in regulating assisted-living facilities. Mindy serves on the board of the Pulitzer Prize, is a council member of the Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver Center for Women in Communication and a member of our own advisory board.

JAWS has been bringing powerful women to speak to women journalists at CAMP every year since 1984. But that’s not all we do: CAMP offers professional development, training, inspiring speakers and an opportunity to support networking, mentoring and friendship among women in journalism.

So, join us at CAMP this year in Roanoke, Va., on Oct. 28-30,, and meet Danyel, Mindy and dozens more vibrant, influential and fun women. For more information, visit jaws.org.