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Journalism & Women Symposium hires diversity & inclusion consultant

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The Journalism & Women Symposium (JAWS) is pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. Mary J. Wardell to lead the organization in its efforts to create a more inclusive, welcoming space for all members.

Wardell began working with the all-volunteer JAWS Board of Directors this week. She will focus on building the board’s capacity to be more equitable and to forge a more inclusive organization, including conducting trainings for the board, crafting regional group discussion outlines and developing an evaluation plan to measure the efficacy of those initiatives.

Help women journalists this Giving Tuesday

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Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) has been advocating for women journalists, fostering powerful connections among its members and helping them build their skills for more than 30 years — and we’re just getting started.

To continue our work, we need your help. We are at a critical juncture in the sustainability of our organization — and JAWS is more essential than ever as women journalists face new opportunities and challenges.

Help us continue providing value to members with a Giving Tuesday donation to JAWS this year.

Some ways to help:

Give on Facebook

Contribute to board member Lindsey Anderson’s campaign (she will match up to $1,000)

Donate via Network For Good

Shop with Amazon Smile – a percentage of your purchases will support JAWS

Meet your 2018-2019 JAWS board candidates

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Disclaimer: Candidates running for Journalism and Women Symposium’s volunteer board of directors are often asked to run by fellow JAWS members. Candidate profiles that mention being asked to run do not represent an endorsement by the board.

By Andrea Stone, Nominating Committee Chair

We are overwhelmed by the number of JAWdesses who have stepped up this year to run for the board. For the first time, perhaps ever, we have competitive races for all positions. Wow!

JAWS statement on Capital Gazette shooting

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Any attack on a newsroom or journalists, no matter the motive, is an attack on the free press and the public’s right to know. We stand in solidarity with the courageous staff of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland. The members of Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) mourn for the people killed or wounded, and we support the journalists covering the ongoing investigation.

Crunch time – propose a CAMP panel by Feb. 2

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By Roxann Elliott

It’s crunch time!

No, that’s not a cruel rallying cry to double down on your waning New Year’s resolutions. You’re beautiful and fierce and no one cares how many crunches you did today.

Instead, we’re here to remind your fabulous selves that the deadline for CAMP programming proposals is this Friday. We need some savvy, passionate women to step up and take charge of organizing panels for our 2018 CAMP retreat in Welches, Oregon.

Call for panels for CAMP 2018

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The most beautiful thing about Journalism and Women Symposium is that it’s built on us women sharing our stories, tips and tools of the trade with each other. The annual Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) is the pinnacle of that sisterhood. And that’s why we need your help.

Public Speaking Webinar on Sept. 14

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Join Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) for a public speaking webinar that will help you gain the confidence to get on stage and share your expertise.

“Talk The Walk: Public Speaking Tips To Enhance Your Career” with Michele Weldon will take place on September 14 at 11 a.m. Central Standard Time.

Social media and branding webinar on Aug. 11

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Social media is an extension of your brand whether it’s for personal use as a journalist or on behalf of your news organization. It can make or break a first impression. It can also deepen relationships with existing audiences. But knowing how to shape content for various platforms can be tricky, especially because these spaces are constantly changing.

CAMP 2017: Nikole Hannah-Jones, Lynn Sweet to keynote

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By Marina Villeneuve, CAMP co-chair

This year at the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP), we’re celebrating the act of veering off the beaten path and speaking truth to power.

And in that vein, we are so excited to announce our two keynote speakers: Nikole Hannah-Jones, a domestic correspondent for The New York Times Magazine focusing on racial injustice, and Lynn Sweet, a columnist and Washington Bureau Chief at the Chicago Sun-Times.

CAMP 2017: First set of conference programming, featuring reporter’s toolkit and career building

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By Lindsey Anderson, CAMP co-chair

Registration for CAMP 2017 is in full swing – and a slate of engaging and enlightening sessions is already lined up.

Sessions this year are organized around three themes:

Going Deep: Focused on specific reporting topics to build your expertise
Your Path: How to navigate career hurdles and find opportunities to advance
Reporter’s Toolkit: Concrete tips and tools to help you hone your trade

Here is a preview of some sessions.