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CAMP 2014: Onward — On the shoulders of pioneering women journalists (VIDEO)

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Story by 2014 Fellow Melissa Ludtke | Photos by Ellie Van Houtte

MB2A7843JAWS on Friday honored the hard-fought and enduring achievements of women, who were among its founding board of directors by establishing a fund committed to continuing the progress their actions set in motion. The JAWS Legacy Fund honors its formidable founding directors and supports continued JAWS programming.

CAMP 2014: Anna Holmes on Jezebel, burnout and fear (VIDEO)

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Story by 2014 Fellow Marina Villeneuve | Photos by Ellie Van Houtte

MB2A8135When online media company Gawker Media approached then-magazine editor Anna Holmes to start a women’s website in late 2006, Holmes says she was up for it – but scared.

“Maybe when you get fed up, you get more fearless,” said Holmes, speaking at the Saturday keynote dinner at the annual Journalism and Women Symposium Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) in Palm Springs, California. “But I wasn’t without fear.”

It was at a time when nobody Holmes knew was moving from print to Web, and when her work in celebrity and fashion reporting was paying the rent, but failing to satisfy her personally.

“It was very scary for me, and I felt very, very fearful,” she said.

CAMP 2014: From Elvis to O.J.: The career of court reporter Linda Deutsch (VIDEO)

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Story by 2014 Fellow Lindsey Anderson | Photos by Ellie Van Houtte | Video by Macrina Newhouse
*Update 12/18/14: Yahoo News reported that Linda is retiring on Dec. 22

MB2A7985A love affair with Elvis Presley got Linda Deutsch her start in journalism.

Deutsch fell madly in love with Presley when she was a 12-year-old in New Jersey. Officials at Elvis headquarters gave her a list of potential fan club members members, and Deutsch began one of the first Elvis fan clubs in the United States. She used her Smith Corona typewriter to write a club newspaper, charging $1 in membership dues in the U.S. and $2 overseas.

“This was so much a prediction of what my career would become in a way,” Deutsch said Saturday at the Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) annual Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP).

CAMP 2014: Long-form reporting takes more than an inverted pyramid

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Investigative_KiraZalanStory by 2014 Fellow Marina Villeneuve | Photo by Kira Zalan

The inverted pyramid, a model made popular by newswire services and long taught by journalism schools, stresses putting the most important who-what-where-when-why information up at the top of stories. Though this model has long allowed editors to easily cut off less relevant chunks of information near the end, it can be dull, clunky and lose readers before they get to the end, according to a JAWS panel Oct. 30.

Rather, journalists who undertake investigative projects should approach writing such pieces thematically, said SUNY-Albany journalism professor Rosemary Armao.

CAMP 2014: Jill Abramson ‘Unfettered’ at JAWS (VIDEO)

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Story by 2014 Fellow Suzanne Cosgrove | Photos by Ellie Van Houtte | Video by Macrina Newhouse

MB2A7612In a wide-ranging interview Saturday, former executive editor of The New York Times Jill Abramson talked about her upcoming startup project and said she does not spend much time dwelling on the reason she was fired from The New York Times.

At a breakfast with about 200 JAWS members and the annual Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) in La Quinta, California, Abramson said that before she was fired by Publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr., she was in discussions with CEO Mark Thompson and Sulzberger about her salary, which in 2011 was less than her predecessor’s salary in 2004.

CAMP 2014: Top 11 refreshers on how to keep investigative reporting on track

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Story by 2014 Fellow Lindsey Anderson | Photos by 2014 Fellow Shondiin Silversmith

20141030_122932_Investigative_ShondiinSilversmithPiles of documents. Endless source lists. Months and months of research. Investigative reporting projects can be overwhelming, but they don’t have to be disorganized.

“Journalism is hard. It’s really hard,” said Rosemary Armao, a professor of journalism at the University at Albany, SUNY during a day-long Journalism and Women Symposium Confer

Regional gatherings recap: November 2014

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JAWS Boston: Boston JAWdesses attended a WBUR event with Jill Abramson, where she announced her new startup venture to publish long-form journalism.

Toasts for LindaJAWS D.C.: 
The D.C. regional group toasted our very own Linda Kramer Jennings becoming the new JAWS president at our Nov. 20 monthly happy hour. Members shared stories about all Linda has done for the D.C. group and how excited we are for what she will bring to JAWS on the national level. A few members also spoke about highlights from CAMP for those who weren’t able to attend.

The JAWS 2014 auction is open!

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Starting Oct. 24, 2014, all JAWS members will have the chance to bid on artwork, professional advice, premium wine and some fabulous vacations. Check with your friends and families and book that dream trip!

The JAWS online auction will last just ten days to coincide with the Conference and Mentoring Program (CAMP), ending on Sunday, Nov. 2, at 2 p.m. Pacific time. Keep an eye on your opening bid to be sure you win.

Pulitzer winner Sonia Nazario will speak Sunday night at CAMP

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By Nancy Day, JAWS board member

Sonia Nazario, whose book “Enrique’s Journey” is now used in classrooms across the country, has been added to the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) 2014 program.

Nazario first reported on children who make the perilous journey from Honduras to the United States for her six-part series in the Los Angeles Times, which won the 2003 Pulitzer for feature writing. Earlier this year, she re-reported the story, traveling on top of freight trains with boys as young as seven to discover firsthand what is happening now. The drug cartels, squeezed out of Colombia with massive U.S. aid, have moved inland, threatening and ensnaring children and teens.

Celebrating women in film at CAMP

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By Janice Rhoshalle Littlejohn, JAWS member

JAWS is bringing women — and their stories — to the big screen at our Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) this year.

With Hollywood just over the mountains and in the midst of the playground of the stars at La Quinta Resort and Club near Palm Springs, what better time to spotlight the remarkable women who make the documentaries and films that have such an impact on our view of the world?

August 2014: Covering tough subjects

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Whaleyd0e0abDear JAWS members:

These have been a troubling few weeks for journalists and for the world. And I am grateful for JAWS members who have helped to explain and reflect on what is happening through our network, support and work. Thank you for the posts and discussion on the killing of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown and the continued aftermath in Ferguson, Missouri and beyond. And thank you, too, for the coverage and conversation following photojournalist James Foley’s execution. In both stories, many people see their sons, their fathers, their brothers, themselves.

I am hoping we can continue these conversations about the world and the role of journalists in it on the listserv, on Twitter, on Facebook and at our Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) at the end of October.

JAWS Entrepreneurial Fellow reveals transmedia storytelling project

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Melissa LudtkeJAWS members attending the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) will be able to talk with JAWS’ first entrepreneurial fellow Melissa Ludtke about transmedia story-making and the story she is telling — “Touching Home in China: In Search of Missing Girlhoods.”

In her early 60s, she took on a new challenge: she decided to learn how to use an emerging digital platform to tell a compelling story she’d been a part of in rural China. She is producing an iBook that lets her mesh video (shot by a bilingual crew she hired in China), galleries of photos, interactive graphics, pop-out text boxes and narrative text across a single platform. When the iBook is launched in September 2015, its transmedia story will be digitally distributed to global audiences through her project’s social media ecosystem.

Ludtke’s iBook videos show encounters of American and Chinese teens that occurred when her 16-year-old daughter Maya, adopted from China as a baby, and her orphanage crib neighbor Jennie, each of whom was abandoned as a newborn in a farming village near Changzhou, China, returned to the towns where they were abandoned as newborns. There, they got to know girls their age who were raised there and those girls became their guides to gaining a sense of what their missing girlhoods might have been.

Board member blog post: A shared love of storytelling

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Judy MillerBy Judy Miller, JAWS Board Member

In 1985, before many of you were born, JAWS began its journey that continues today.

I was one of the lucky 16 women who gathered in Estes Park, Colorado, that weekend. Most of us didn’t know each other, but we all shared the love of storytelling.

Rather than telling other people’s stories, we told our own. Some extraordinary, some relatively normal. We laughed. We cried. We hugged with affection and in support.

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.