CAMP 2019: Introducing this year’s fellows

Three inspiring women have been selected as 2019 Journalism & Women Symposium fellows and will be attending the Conference and Mentoring Project in Williamsburg, Va., in September.

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Amaris Castillo is a reporter and features writer for The Sun in Lowell, Mass. In 2018 she was named the Rising Star by the New England Society of News Editors’ Board of Governors. Castillo previously worked at the Bradenton Herald in Bradenton, Fla., where she won numerous awards for her reporting on breaking news, crime, and Anna Maria Island.

Castillo is the creator of Bodega Stories, a series featuring human stories from the bodega. Her passion lies in writing about underrepresented communities and cultural traditions.

She wants to attend CAMP to develop meaningful relationships with other women journalists, exchange experiences in this difficult industry, and learn of ways to pay it forward for aspiring women journalists.

Castillo holds a B.A. in Magazine Journalism from the University of South Florida and a Master of Science from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

“From CAMP I hope to be challenged, grow, learn from women, and inspire others,” she said.

Yuko Kodama couldn’t go to sleep at night unless she listened to the radio when she was growing up in Utah. She later found herself producing weekday segments for a number of radio stations in Japan.   Today, Yuko is the News Director at public radio, 91.3 FM KBCS in the Seattle area.  She manages the daily programming and produces local stories, while  mentoring students and volunteers in creating content and editing audio. At CAMP, Yuko wants to connect with inspiring journalists, and share experiences and lessons with colleagues in her field.

“From CAMP, I hope to grow my community and hone my storytelling chops,” she said.

Emerging Journalist Fellow 

Eleanore Catolico is a radio and print journalist based in Detroit. She covers local government and community beats for 101.9 FM WDET, Detroit public radio station.  Eleanore has completed fellowships with the Detroit Equity Action Lab and the Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources, focusing on water quality and affordability issues in the Great Lakes region. She’s also worked as a freelancer in Chicago covering criminal justice and education, and was a finalist for a 2018 Peter Lisagor Award in education reporting. Eleanore is excited to build fellowship with other journalists at CAMP and learn more about audience engagement through social media.

“From CAMP, I hope to learn how to tackle the problem of lack of diversity in newsrooms and ways to better support women of color journalists,” she said.