CAMP 2019: Introducing this year’s fellows

CAMP 2019: Introducing this year’s fellows

Three inspiring women have been selected as 2019 Journalism & Women Symposium fellows and will be attending the Conference and Mentoring Project in Williamsburg, Va., in September. Boylan vs NYT Fellows Amaris Castillo is a reporter and features writer for The Sun in Lowell, Mass. In 2018 she was named the Rising Star by the New England Society of News Editors’ Board of Governors. Castillo previously worked at the Bradenton Herald in Bradenton, Fla., where she won numerous awards for her reporting on breaking news, crime, and Anna Maria Island. Castillo is the creator of Bodega Stories, a series featuring human stories from the bodega. Her passion […]

Call for 2019-2020 JAWS Board of Directors

Take a more active role in the direction Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) is headed. Run for the board of directors to help us ‘Face Our Past and Define Our Future.’ JAWS board members help make decisions that impact a growing organization of more than 600 women working in news organizations, media and journalism and academia. We need leaders with skills, or interest in developing skills, in finance, marketing, social media, event planning, mentorship and more. Board members must have attended at least two CAMPS (this fall in Williamsburg counts as a second CAMP) and must attend an annual spring […]

CAMP re-imagined in Williamsburg Sept. 20-22

By Marissa Evans I’ve been thinking a lot about Mavis Beacon lately. Not just because of her digitized encouragement to stay on the home keyboard row but the times my mother used to direct my siblings and me to do at least 30 minutes of Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing. My mother would give us this directive because a) learning doesn’t stop even during weekends and summers, b) she would not allow her home to be filled with “peckers” and c) we had to make enough time later for 30 minutes of CD-ROM Spanish. We’d also troop to the local career […]

A message from the new interim Executive Director

It is with great excitement that I begin my tenure as the interim Executive Director for JAWS. I come to JAWS with a vast amount of experience in association and transition management. I am truly grateful for the opportunity to support the mission of JAWS and will focus on strengthening the organization’s capacity and infrastructure as we prepare for future growth. My priorities include supporting the Board’s governance, fund development and strategic planning efforts, as well as strengthening JAWS’ programming, partnerships and joint initiatives. During my tenure leading nonprofits, I’ve seen organizations become most creative, nimble and resilient during the […]

Live and Learn: Q&A with Jackie Spinner

By Kyle Foster Originally published in Media Report to Women Jackie Spinner is an assistant professor of journalism at Columbia College Chicago and correspondent for Columbia Journalism Review (U.S. Project). She was a staff writer for The Washington Post for 14 years and covered the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Jackie left the Post in 2009 and founded Angel Says: Read, an international literacy project based in Belize, Central America. In 2010, she returned to Iraq to start the award-winning AUI-S Voice, Iraq’s first independent student newspaper at The American University of Iraq. She was a U.S. Fulbright Scholar in […]

JAWS welcomes justice educator Alicia T. Crosby

The Journalism & Women Symposium is honored to partner with justice educator Alicia T. Crosby (pronouns: she/hers) in the next phase of our work to build a more equitable and inclusive organization. Crosby works with institutions, communities and individuals around identity, inclusivity and intersectional equity, and co-founded the Chicago-based nonprofit Center for Inclusivity. “We are elated to work with Alicia to make JAWS a more welcoming, supportive space for all members,” Interim JAWS President Lindsey Anderson said. “Alicia’s knowledge, experience and thoughtfulness will help us take the next steps in our equity and inclusion work.” Crosby and the JAWS Board […]

CAMP 2019: Items needed for silent and online auction

It’s time to get excited, and it’s time to start thinking about the two auctions that are used to help generate funds for the fellows’ CAMP expenses: the online and silent onsite auction. If you have donated to either in the past or have attended CAMP, it will work similarly. For the onsite silent auction, bring items and fill out a bid slip with info about the item and the minimum bid, then place it on the appropriate table, such as jewelry, books, journalism-related items, shark-themed items (JAWS!), purses and scarves, art, etc Please be thoughtful in what you bring […]

Preliminary schedule for CAMP 2019

PRELIMINARY CAMP 2019 LINEUP *Session lineup is subject to change Attendees will be able to choose one deep-dive on Friday and from various breakout sessions on Saturday and Sunday. FRIDAY, 9/20 CAMP begins at 12 p.m. EST HALF-DAY DEEP DIVES: Solutions Journalism Network Training:​​ Attendees will spend two to three hours together with SJN facilitators on how to develop good solutions stories. They would be trained in advance searches on the Solutions Journalism Story Tracker, they would have a list of news outlets and specific people to contact to pitch solutions journalism stories, and they would be eligible, post-training, to […]

An invitation to listen and learn

By Sandra Fish Listening is one of the most important skills we use as journalists. We listen to our sources tell us their stories. Ideally, we do our best to communicate those stories in our work toward a more accurate portrayal of the whole society. As journalists, we are trained not to interrupt, to allow periods of silence, to think before we speak. But are we always listening? Do we allow for silence, think about how others might perceive what we say? The final Sunday dinner at last fall’s CAMP and the subsequent fallout made clear we don’t always practice […]

Journalism & Women Symposium Names Interim Executive Director

The Journalism & Women Symposium (JAWS) is thrilled to welcome Eloiza Altoro as its interim executive director. Altoro is principal consultant of Mind Redesign Consulting based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and has 25 years of experience working for and with local, national, and international associations and nonprofit organizations, specializing in organizational development, strategic planning, capacity building and transition management. “Eloiza’s extensive association management background working with diverse organizations and expert understanding of managing change will help fortify JAWS as it doubles down on its mission to serve and support women journalists,” said Mira Lowe, president-elect of JAWS. “Her energetic spirit and […]

CAMP 2019: Meet the CAMP Committee

The 2019 CAMP Committee is hard at work making CAMP 2019 an active and reflective weekend where women journalists can gather to make connections, gain skills and spark new projects. We hope you will meet them face to face in Williamsburg, Va. Sept. 20-22. Register by June 30 to get the early-bird rate. CAMP Co-Chair Mira Lowe Mira Lowe, the president-elect of JAWS, is assistant dean for student experiences at the University of Florida, College of Journalism and Communications, where she serves as the team leader and facilitator for all administrators who oversee the college’s venues for professional immersion. She […]

CAMP 2019: JAWS fellowship applications available

Applications are now available for the Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) 2019 fellowship program. The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. EDT June 28. We bring fellows to our Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) each year for three days of training, networking and professional development. Our past fellows leave an impressive legacy of journalistic achievement and leadership, within and outside of JAWS. CAMP 2019 will be held Sept. 20-22 in Williamsburg, Va., one of New York Times’ 52 Places to Go in 2019 and the perfect backdrop for this year’s theme: “Facing our Past, Defining our Future.” Historians, journalists, activists, and […]

CAMP is coming Sept 20-22, 2019. Take advantage of our SUPER Early rate!

We are happy to announce that registration is now open for Journalism & Women Symposium’s annual Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP 2019) to be held in Williamsburg, Va. at the Williamsburg Lodge from Sept. 20-22. This year’s conference is being organized under the theme: “Facing Our Past, Defining Our Future,” as we explore our country’s historical roots through new narratives. We will be bringing you historians, journalists, activists and others who are rethinking our history–no longer glossing over or ignoring our history of slavery and colonization–but instead facing that past with honesty. Our program will feature sessions around CONNECT, LEARN […]

CAMP 2019: Apply for a JAWS Fellowship

Are you a woman journalist looking for support, skills training and the next step in your career? Journalism & Women Symposium (JAWS) welcomes you to apply to our fellowship program. We bring fellows to our Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) each year for three days of training, networking and professional development. Our past fellows leave an impressive legacy of journalistic achievement and leadership, within and outside of JAWS. CAMP 2019 will be held Sept. 20-22 in Williamsburg, Va., one of New York Times’ 52 Places to Go in 2019 and the perfect backdrop for this year’s theme: “Facing our Past, […]

Help JAWS equip and empower women journalists

Drastic layoffs at BuzzFeed, Verizon Media, Gannett, Vice Media and many local newspapers marked a tough start to 2019. Layoffs this year have already topped 2,300 – and it’s only March. Research has shown that corporate layoffs hit women and people of color the hardest, and in recent months, talented and prominent women, including women of color, on the cutting edge of digital news or podcasting lost their jobs. That’s why it’s more important than ever for us to pull together and turn challenges into new opportunities for women journalists. We were proud to see our members leap into action […]

Where we stand

Dear JAWS members, The JAWS board has suspended Andrea Stone from the listserv for posting comments that violated our code of conduct and the values we hold as an organization. Andrea has apologized on the listserv. The board has decided NOT to punish people who shared Andrea’s message outside of the listserv, which contravenes our listserv policy, because it would have a dampening effect on whistleblowers who are raising awareness of the serious issue of racial inequality within our organization. That said, our listserv policy does state: “You should not redistribute other people’s words or email addresses from this list […]

Save the Date for CAMP 2019

We are excited to announce that the 2019 Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) will take place on Sept. 20-22 in Williamsburg, Va.

Cited by The New York Times as one of the 52 Places to Go in 2019, Williamsburg provides the opportune backdrop for this year’s conference theme: “Facing Our Past, Defining Our Future.”

JAWS Code of Conduct

The purpose of this Code of Conduct is to enable courageous, generous and honest conversations, which are essential to achieving our mission. Our intention is to develop a culture of understanding and cooperation that will help us learn from each other, elevate each other and overcome challenges together.

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