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 also is director of the Innovation News Center, a multimedia newsroom of student journalists and professionals that serves North Central Florida via multiple distribution channels, including PBS, NPR and ESPN.

Prior to joining UF, Mira was a senior editor at CNN Digital in Atlanta, managing the planning, execution and programming of daily features content and special projects across a global portfolio. She was editor-in-chief of JET magazine, the first woman to helm the publication, and assistant managing editor of Ebony magazine, both in Chicago, and an associate editor at Newsday in New York.

“My vision for CAMP is that attendees leave feeling inspired, renewed and better equipped to do their best journalism,” Mira says.

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CAMP Co-Chair Fara Warner

Fara Warner, a JAWS board member, is the founder of Shokan Studios (digital media, editing, consulting), in West Shokan, New York. She has previously served on the JAWS board and worked on programming for CAMP in Asheville.

Fara is glad to re-engage with the organization as her career shifts away from corporate media to founding a journalism start-up with a JAWS member, returning to teaching via the Poynter Foundation, and working with a non-profit focused on pay equity for women, specifically in the media industry.

Micci Abbott

Micci Abbott is a counseling and psychology graduate student at the University of South Dakota who founded Loud & Brown Media in 2016 after witnessing a severe lack of diversity in student media.

Since its inception, Micci has dedicated her energy and education to building Loud & Brown Media as an ethnic news entertainment brand working specifically with rural minorities. Her dream is to continue creating media reflective of people from all walks of life and ultimately utilize that media to help others achieve their full potential.

In the meantime, Micci is occupied with her studies, her family, and helping plan CAMP!

Marissa Evans

Marissa Evans is the social issues reporter for The Star Tribune in Minneapolis where she reports on affordability, equity, housing and health issues in the Twin Cities.

She was previously the health and human service policy issues for The Texas Tribune. Her reporting has appeared in The Atlantic, CQ Roll Call, Civil Eats, NBC BLK, Cosmo for Latinas, Kaiser Health News, The Seattle Times, The Washington Post, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service. She is a 2013 alumna of Marquette University in Milwaukee.

“I’m hoping CAMP shows the best of what women in the journalism industry has to offer and fosters a weekend of inclusion and accountability to our craft, our sources, ourselves and each other,” Marissa says.

Tanya Gazdik

Tanya Gazdik Irwin is MediaPost’s automotive editor. She has worked for Adweek, Ward’s AutoWorld, The Associated Press, The (Toledo) Blade and its sister paper the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. She holds a JD specializing in animal law, is active in animal rescue and volunteers for the Michigan Humane Society. In her spare time, she enjoys tennis and obstacle course racing.

Tanya is JAWS’ Detroit regional captain and lives in Detroit. She is greatly looking forward to the conversations about diversity and inclusiveness at CAMP this year, as well as a chance to see old friends and make new ones. She’s hoping for a repeat of the horseback riding excursion she organized in Montana. She is also is excited to lead both the online and onsite (silent) auctions, one of her favorite parts of CAMP. (She successfully bid on Linda Deutsch’s old computer bag and thinks about the iconic AP courts reporter fondly whenever she uses it.)

Glenda Holste

Glenda Holste has been active in JAWS since its second gathering (then called “camp”) in 1986. She was camp program coordinator for 1987-88, when JAWS was still an informal group.

She is a founding director and was 1991-92 president of JAWS. She has cherished this unique organization and the women in it.

As a second-generation newspaper journalist, Glenda worked as a reporter, editor and columnist. She keeps her hand in with pro bono mentoring for the OpEd Project and as a line editor for a historical interest quarterly.

For CAMP 2019, Glenda wants to concentrate on adventures beyond the conference rooms and in offering organizational memory as a tool to help JAWS go forward.

Elissa Yancey

Elissa Yancey, MSEd, is an award-winning journalist, author, educator and nonprofit leader. She spent a decade working in higher education as a professor and administrator and now serves as the national leader of the Poynter Institute’s College Media Project, a program for which she developed the curriculum.

The Project trains student journalists across the country to create impactful, campus-based journalism projects that engage with their communities over critical and often contentious issues, building trust, accountability and media literacy along the way.

“I envision CAMP 2019 as an opportunity to listen, learn and grow together as a group focused on equity, support and understanding,” Elissa says. “As women in journalism, we can benefit from the wisdom of our JAWS family as we lift one another up to face serious challenges to our profession, our identities and in some cases, our very lives. CAMP is the place for lifting. For strengthening one another. For centering those most endangered among us and empowering them to persevere and flourish as an integral part of our past, present and future.”