CAMP 2018: Journalist of the Year Award Winners

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At Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) 2018, Journalism and Women Symposium honored women journalists who sparked change, who embody our mission to work toward an accurate portrayal of women in society through their reporting and who are supportive mentors.

Please join us in congratulating the winners of this year’s Journalist of the Year awards:

Journalist of the Year: Wendi C. Thomas

Wendi C. Thomas is an award-winning independent journalist based in Memphis, Tennessee. She is the founder and publisher of MLK 50: Justice Through Journalism, a   yearlong reporting project on economic justice in Memphis inspired by Martin Luther King. Thomas was a 2016 fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. She has also taught at the University of Memphis and at Harvard University’s Extension School, where she was invited to develop the school’s first journalism course about race and class.

Watch her acceptance speech here:

JAWS Journalist of the Year 2018: Wendi C. Thomas from Journalism and Women Symposium on Vimeo.

Mentor of the Year: Linda Kramer Jenning

Linda Kramer Jenning, a past president of Journalism and Women Symposium, is known for helping fellow women journalists launch their careers through teaching and mentorship. She taught at Georgetown University and worked as Washington editor for Glamour, where she focused on issues that touch the lives of young women and on projects like the annual Glamour Women of the Year honors. Kramer Jenning began her journalism career with the Associated Press in New York, San Francisco and Oregon. She served twice as president of the local SPJ chapter and was appointed to the Oregon Bar, Bench, Press Committee.

Watch her acceptance speech here:

JAWS Mentor of the Year 2018: Linda Kramer Jenning from Journalism and Women Symposium on Vimeo.

Changemakers of the Year: Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey

New York Times investigative reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey broke a story that began an industry-wide reckoning by exposing allegations against Harvey Weinstein. They were awarded a Pulitzer Prize for “explosive, impactful journalism that exposed powerful and wealthy sexual predators, including allegations against one of Hollywood’s most influential producers, bringing them to account for long-suppressed allegations of coercion, brutality and victim silencing, thus spurring a worldwide reckoning about sexual abuse of women.”

Read their retrospective in The New York Times.