CAMP 2018 sessions

Inaugural JAWS Leadership Symposium

Presenters: Caroline ComportLisa ShepardImaeyen IbangaRachel SamsAmy Maestas, Amy Resnick, Tara Puckey

The first JAWS Leadership Symposium will feature a discussion on action steps after #MeToo, a panel of women leaders discussing challenges, obstacles and triumphs and reflection exercises that will help you find the courage to be a master negotiator.

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Plenary Session

Repairing the neglect: How journalists can begin to cover marginalized communities 

PresentersAmy L. Kovac-Ashley, Katherine K. EllisHelga Salinas

In this interactive session sponsored by American Press Institute,  we’ll look at how journalists can use empathy and focused listening to examine their own identities in order to help them rethink their approach to interviewing sources, doing research in their communities and interacting with the public.

Tools of the Trade

Creating online communities as journalism

Presenter: Julia Carpenter

As social media platforms de-emphasize the news feed model and prioritize private groups, journalists have the opportunity to form communities around their work. We’ll discuss the ways reporters and editors can think of online communities, how to create and launch them, how to select the right platform, sustain and stoke conversation and more.

Google Tools: Next-Level Search and Immersive Storytelling

Presenter: Jordan Wirfs-Brock

Attend this hands-on session to get an overview of how Google’s tools can help you research stories and bring them to life. We’ll highlight tools like reverse image searching and Google Trends, then explore how you can use immersive geo-storytelling techniques to transport your audience to the story. We’ll even take our own 360-degree photos.

Audio Reporting Basics

Presenters: Lisa Gillespie, Megan Kamerick, Shula Neuman, Sara Jamshidi

If you’ve got an audio journalism foundation, you can do anything with it. This panel will explore the differences between reporting for audio and web or print. Topics include: how a script is different, how you gather sound, mixing, live edits, producing and more.

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A dozen data stories to do now

Presenter: Sandra Fish

Data journalist Sandra Fish offers up a dozen (or so) story ideas anyone can take home and execute, including sources for the data, pitfalls to look out for and spreadsheet instructions for analysis.

The Pitfalls and Potential of Growth Hacking for Journalists

Presenters: Andrea Crowley-Hughes, Yumi Wilson

This panel will explore the modern journalists’ quest to elevate their profiles online, reach a wider audience and target certain segments. Participants will situate their individual social media growth goals in a larger industry context, and will leave with actionable solutions to thrive in the era of hashtags and retweets.      

Navigating the Industry

Personal branding for Journalists

Presenters: Yumi Wilson, Imaeyen Ibanga, Andrea Crowley-Hughes

Learn how to create a strong personal brand that aligns your professional goals in a hands-on session. Bring your laptops and prepare to create a strong personal brand statement, a great LinkedIn headline and more!

Moving Up: Making the Jump to Management

Presenters: Angela Greiling Keane, Amy Resnick, Dawn Garcia

Angling for a newsroom manager or editor position? Panelists will discuss what it takes to make the jump into management and how you can prepare to take your career in that direction.

10 ways to reach the fact-resistant

Presenter: Tamar Wilner

In this session, we’ll discuss strategies — supported by brain research and media studies — that every journalist could deploy to understand, research and engage fact-resistant and partisan audiences.

To Podcast or Not to Podcast?

Presenter: Amy Westervelt

Podcasting is exploding, causing some to believe the market is saturated. But podcasting still represents only a small segment of the media landscape, and in recent years has been largely dominated by particular types of people and stories. This session with Critical Frequency co-founder Amy Westervelt will address when it does (and doesn’t) make sense to start a podcast, and if you go for it, what to expect in terms of time commitment and monetization.  


Collaborative reporting that expands your reach

Presenters: Sarah Gustavus, Antonia Gonzales

Newsrooms across the country are talking about collaboration, but what does that really look like? This presentation will offer concrete examples and best practices for collaborative reporting with ethnic media.

Writing short and well – or, never write a long story when a short one will do

Presenter: Fernanda Santos

In this session, you will learn and practice trimming your stories and writing short, engaging narratives that work on any platform.

Wonder, Women and the Natural World

Presenters: KC Cole

Science is the art of learning how NOT to fool ourselves, and can teach us a few tricks that come in especially handy for journalists: Understanding exactly why “affirmative action” is critical to change, for example, and eye witness testimony all but useless; why what we see ‘right in front of our noses” is often an illusion; how contradictory (even mutually exclusive) perspectives can both be true; how quality and quantity are related in ways that help us make sense of everything from the effects of income inequality to climate change (“more” is “different”); why statements such as “guns don’t kill people, people kill people” demonstrate a basic misunderstanding of probability; the meaning of “moral luck” and why algorithms perpetuate stereotypes (and become self-fulling prophesies); why they/we “all look alike,”: how quantum mechanics can help us look out for the “observer effect” (the presence of a journalist can change everything).

What to do with your killer solutions story idea

Presenters: Megan Kamerick, Tracy Matsue Loeffelholz, Linda Shaw

Solutions journalism is about reporting stories that show effective responses to problems. This panel will share strategies for finding solutions stories and successfully pitching them.

So you want to write a book?

Presenters: Jane Isay, Diana B. Henriques

Prize-winning journalist and best-selling author Diana Henriques teams up with veteran editor and author Jane Isay takes the audience from the germ of an idea for a book through the thinking, selling, writing, editing and publishing process.

Going Deep

How to (actually) cover LGBTQ+ stories

Presenters: EJ Graff, Diane Anderson-Minshall, Rose Arce, Marty Davis

This session is for teaching journalists how to dig into under-reported stories about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities. The focus will be on identifying issues journalists can explore in local markets, sharing tips for finding LGBTQ+ sources and data, and discussing what hurdles reporters are likely to face in the process. A take-home sheet with the latest changes to LGBTQ+ style writing and a list of resources will also be handed out to participants.

The ABCs of a hard-hitting investigation

Presenters: Cheryl W. Thompson, Tisha Thompson

This session will examine how to put together an investigative project from how to come up with ideas for interviewing, source development and staying organized through it all.

Let’s Get Intentional: Building Diversity into your news team and content

Presenters: Sheila Solomon, Tracy Matsue Loeffelholz, Summer Fields

We’ll discuss how to be intentional about diversity, inclusion and representation in your news team and the stories they produce, and the challenges and successes in achieving these goals. Whether you are a manager or a staffer, you’ll come away with proven strategies that can make a difference.

Learn how to follow the money to cover midterm elections and well beyond

Presenters: Denise Roth Barber, Sandra Fish

While it is common to follow the money raised during election season, it is also important to follow the money all the time, and on so many issues you cover. This session will show you how to use, and you’ll hear from Sandra Fish, who has extensive experience researching and writing about politics.

Girls Gone Global: How to Work Successfully Overseas

Presenters: Monica Williams, Alison Bethel McKenzie, Amy Bracken, Elise Hu

Whether it’s for a major media organization or a local broadcaster, the opportunities to work in foreign countries are there. This panel features journalists who’ve successfully made the move abroad and have spent years traveling and working for diverse companies in different countries.


Fran Lewine Memorial Interview: Melissa Ludtke

Award-winning journalist Melissa Ludtke reported and wrote for Sports Illustrated and Time and was editor of Nieman Reports at Harvard University. Her upcoming memoir, “Locker Room Talk: A Woman’s Struggle to Get Inside” chronicles her groundbreaking 1978 federal legal case that established equal access for women reporters to report alongside male reporters in Major League Baseball locker rooms.

Lunch keynote: Elise Hu

Elise Hu is an award-winning correspondent. She was assigned to NPR’s international bureau in Seoul, South Korea, where she covered geopolitics, business and life in both Koreas and Japan. She previously covered the intersection of technology and culture for the network’s on-air, online and multimedia platforms. Before joining NPR, she was one of the founding reporters at The Texas Tribune, a non-profit digital news startup devoted to politics and public policy.

Dinner keynote: Jemele Hill

Jemele Hill is a senior correspondent and columnist for ESPN’s The Undefeated, which melds sports, race and culture. She began her career in sports reporting at the Raleigh News & Observer, later moving to the Detroit Free Press, Orlando Sentinel and ESPN.