Preliminary schedule for CAMP 2019

*Session lineup is subject to change

Attendees will be able to choose one deep-dive on Friday and from various breakout sessions on Saturday and Sunday.

FRIDAY, 9/20

CAMP begins at 12 p.m. EST


Solutions Journalism Network Training:​​ Attendees will spend two to three hours together with SJN facilitators on how to develop good solutions stories. They would be trained in advance searches on the Solutions Journalism Story Tracker, they would have a list of news outlets and specific people to contact to pitch solutions journalism stories, and they would be eligible, post-training, to apply for up to $1,000 in travel funds to help cover the cost of reporting on a solutions journalism story.

Google News Initiative:​​ Attendees will spend two to three hours together in an intensive, comprehensive workshop on how to best use Google tools for reporting and storytelling.

CAMP 101 + Cocktails:​ Meet and greet reception for attendees.

CAMP Kickoff Dinner

CAMP After Dark: Activities attendees can do Friday night.


Morning Moves: Yoga, Jazzercise or Stroll

Membership Breakfast

Opening Plenary: Why Williamsburg?: ​Hear from historians about the relevance of Williamsburg’s history, the importance of representation and the significance of our organization convening there. *Presenter: ​Ywone Edwards-Ingram, Williamsburg Foundation

Fran Lewine Memorial Interview:​ Dorothy Gilliam, author of Trailblazer: A Pioneering Journalist’s Fight to Make the Media Look More Like America. ​

The ABCs of a Hard-Hitting Investigation: ​Examine how to put together an investigative project from how to come up with ideas, source development and staying organized through it all.

How to Report on Trauma:​ The #MeToo era is not only highlighting the pervasiveness of sexual harassment in every industry but also the importance of how to cover traumatic situations with nuance and empathy. Attendees will come away learning best practices for interviewing victims, proficient understanding of how trauma manifests and common pitfalls of how the media reports on these topics today be it covering sexual assault, child welfare and more.

So, You Want to be an Ally?:​ Mentorship and sponsorship are buzzwords used in our industry to foster talent and build the next generation of journalists. But being an ally is a completely different ballgame. As we continue to have more conversations around building and retaining diversity in our newsrooms, how do we empower people who want to back up underrepresented voices? How do we provide support without making the conversation about ourselves? This discussion would also help participants consider their own privilege and influence and how they can help others who do not always have either of those things.​

Keynote Lunch:​ Speaker Mary Annette Pember, independent journalist and photographer, “Death by Civilization”

Covering Hate in America: Amid the rise of white nationalism, we are at a critical moment where​ too many people feel emboldened to attack marginalized communities based on their race, religion or sexuality. This workshop goes beyond the war stories to give participants an understanding of where coverage of issues including racism, transphobia and Islamophobia is today and how they can add nuance to their reporting, writing and editing.

Online Safety for the Tech and Non-Tech Savvy:​ Doxxing, trolling, hacking, online harassment are unfortunate parts of the job as journalists but women, in particular, are targeted. Learn best practices for protecting yourself and your work online. *Presenter: Michelle Ferrier

Firing Up Your FOIA Requests: This workshop would be for the journalist who has never filed a public records request and the seasoned investigative journalist. Public records are a vital reporting tool but depending on where you’re reporting from it can be hard to access information or get your newsroom to pay for documents. This workshop would give tips on the best questions to ask public record keepers, how to fight outrageous charges and how to call out bad actors keeping information from you. Attendees will also get to see people’s public records requests critiqued live to understand why they work or don’t work and how to make them better. *Presenter: Miranda Spivack

Are We Recording? Breaking Into Podcasts:​ The popularity of podcasts is undeniable. Walk away with a better understanding of this growing storytelling platform and what it takes to break in now. Bring an idea or project to work on in this session.

Get Your Ideas Funded Now: This session will help attendees — whether freelancers or traditional staff writers — understand the scope of funding opportunities available for reporting projects domestically and internationally as well as best practices from editors and grant underwriters on how candidates can make their proposals stand out among the competition.

Books & Browse: ​Writers read excerpts from their books and talk about their work with members. Books from authors will also be for sale.

Keynote Dinner: Speaker Susan Smith Richardson, ​CEO of the Center for Public Integrity

CAMP After Dark: Activities attendees can do Saturday night.

SUNDAY, 9/22

Morning Moves: Yoga, Jazzercise or Stroll

Membership Breakfast

Diversity Plenary:​ Future of JAWS – Part I: DEI consultant facilitates a conversation about the climate of our organization in the context of our country, and how we can continue to move forward.

Future of JAWS – Part II:​ Facilitated workshop by DEI consultant where members can brainstorm the future of the organization.

Year of the Woman – Doing 2020 Coverage Right:​ A look at what are major storylines missing about women in the upcoming campaign cycle and what to watch as the campaigns get underway.

Going Global: Positioning Yourself for Foreign Reporting Assignments:​ Newsroom foreign bureaus have closed but the desire for fresh reporting from around the world is still there. Attendees will learn about where are the stories that editors are looking for more ideas, how to integrate global issues into your reporting and how to position yourself to take on foreign correspondent assignments.

Reporting on Inequality: Tools and Methods for Covering Race and Ethnicity: A deep dive workshop that helps journalists cover the complexity of topics that deal with racial and social inequality and investigate disparity’s root causes with simple, effective reporting strategies. *Potential speakers: Venise Wagner, professor, San Francisco State University

Stepping Into Leadership:​ This workshop will help attendees learn how to position themselves for leadership opportunities in their workplace. Panelists will discuss how they got to their positions, how attendees can embrace their management style and best practices for asking for management training and opportunities.

Multi-Generational Learnings: Each generation has unique perspectives, experiences and communication styles. This facilitated conversation will help attendees of different generations collaborate better, and grow and learn from one another.

Closing Event:​ ​Deep in the Heart of Texas: A look toward Austin, the site of JAWS 2020 Camp.

CAMP programming ends 2 p.m. EST

Time for fellowship and networking to follow