Programming for CAMP 2019


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

FRIDAY,  Sept. 20

Deep Dives 

1-4 p.m.: Solutions Journalism Network Training

Since its founding five years ago, Solutions Journalism Network has trained thousands of journalists in the process of solutions journalism–a method to investigate and report on solutions to problems–not just the problems that face society today. In this training, we’ll learn about the process of solutions journalism, how it works for newsrooms and freelancers, and all participants will leave with a strong idea of a story or stories to pursue in their area of interest. They will be trained in advance searches on the Solutions Journalism Story Tracker, they will have a list of news outlets and specific people to contact to pitch solutions journalism stories, and they will 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. Presenters: Deborah Douglas and Fara Warner

1-3 p.m.: Google News Initiative

This workshop offers free tools you can use to help tell more effective multimedia stories — even if you’ve never had training. Learn how to enhance your stories using research and visualization tools. We’ll cover advanced data and image searches for verification and fact-checking, finding knowledgeable sources, researching story trends, using maps to create interactive and embeddable content, translating documents in more than 100 languages and using public data to support your stories. By the end of the workshop, you’ll have what you need to produce better stories, generate ideas for your beat, and more. Come with your laptop and leave with new skills. Presenter: Benet Wilson 

4-5 p.m.: Facebook for Journalists Training 

The program, a partnership between Facebook and the Society of Professional Journalists, covers best practices for social media reporting and posting, along with training on tools including CrowdTangle, Facebook and Instagram Live and stories. The interactive presentation includes many examples from news media — both print and broadcast — and how these tools are used to expand audiences and tell stories in new ways that enhance “traditional” reporting and storytelling.  

6- 7 p.m.: CAMP 101 + Connections

7–9 p.m.: Welcome Dinner

9–11 p.m.: CAMP After Dark: Film Screening of “Spotlight”

SATURDAY, Sept. 21

9-9:45 a.m. Opening Plenary:  Such a Great Cloud of Witnesses: The History and Heritage of African Americans in Williamsburg, Virginia. This presentation looks at “the pastlessness” of the past in Williamsburg and explores key relationships and resources in telling the history and culture of people of African descent in this colonial capital of Virginia.  Special focus is on research and representations of history at Colonial Williamsburg and the adjacent College of William and Mary. The aim is to show the nuances and complexities in constructing narratives and dealing with big ideas in understanding identity and place. Presenter: Ywone Edwards-Ingram, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Focused Inquiry at the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, and author of “The Art and Soul of African American Interpretation.”

9:50-10:35 a.m.: Fran Lewine Memorial Interview:​ Dorothy Butler Gilliam

In this signature CAMP event, journalist and educator Deborah Douglas interviews pioneer Dorothy Butler Gilliam, author of the new book Trailblazer: A Pioneering Journalist’s Fight to Make the Media Look More Like America, about her 60-year career and what it was like breaking ground as a black female journalist in a predominantly white male world. From work-life balance to being present at paradigm-shifting cultural events, you’re invited to hear what’s changed in our field, what hasn’t and what looms for newsroom parity that yields authentic coverage of communities we serve. 

Breakout Sessions 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

BUILD: Power Up Your Data Journalism: You can find tons of data these days, but where do you go for reliable data? And how can you dive into that data to find ideas for fresh stories? What are the challenges to telling those stories in ways that engages your audience? We know that effective use of data builds audience trust. For both veteran data journalists and those seeking to power up their reporting with data, this session will provide you with actionable tips and resources.

LEARN: Why Teach Journalism Today?: As the journalism industry faces existential challenges and an anti-press sentiment is pushed from the White House, journalism educators sometimes find themselves in the crossfire. A panel of journalism professors will discuss how they push back on criticism, find inspiration and see their role in training the next generation of journalists. The panel will open up to a roundtable conversation with attendees invited to ask questions and share their experiences and perspectives on journalism education today. 

CONNECT: Making Ally a Verb Not A Noun: Sponsored by USA Today Network:  Ally, mentorship and sponsorship are buzzwords used in our industry to foster talent and build the next generation of journalists. But “allyship” is a completely different ballgame. As we continue to have more conversations around building and retaining diversity in our newsrooms, how do we provide support without making the conversation about ourselves? This workshop will be a discussion among participants on how operate in allyship on the frontlines and behind the scenes.

12:15 – 1:30 p.m.: Lunch & Keynote:​ Speaker Mary Annette Pember, independent journalist and photographer, “Death by Civilization”

Breakout Sessions 1:45 – 2:45 p.m

BUILD: 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. This workshop with Dr. Michelle Ferrier will go over best practices for protecting yourself and your work online including how to know which sites you’re most vulnerable on, how to take extra security measures and what to do in these situations.

LEARN: Covering Hate in America: Amid the rise of white nationalism and hate-fueled violence, 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 strategies they can employ when covering racism, anti-immigration issues and other hate-related stories today. This session will be structured as a conversation with both in-person and recorded lessons learned from veteran reporters and researchers as well as the Reporting Hate project.

CONNECT: Are We Recording? Breaking Into Podcasts: This session features three seasoned radio reporters and podcasters — including Jeannette Woods with AIR–to discuss their day-to-day work — the good and the bad — of making podcasts. Attendees will come away with an understanding of different levels of work and resources that go into this growing storytelling platform as well as how to break into this evolving media form. Attendees will come away with an understanding of different levels of work and resources that go into this growing storytelling platform as well as how to get their ideas from raw tape to iTunes, or wherever you get your favorite podcasts!

Breakout Sessions 3:30 – 4:30 p.m

LEARN: Firing up your FOIA Requests: This workshop, with investigative reporter and editor Miranda Spivack, is for the journalist who has never filed a public records requests and for the seasoned investigative journalist. Public records are a vital reporting tool but depending on what city or state you are reporting from or which agency’s doors you are knocking on,  it can be hard to access information or get your newsroom to pay for documents. Get 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. Bring a laptop and examples of public information challenges and/or open meeting challenges.

CONNECT: Building Trust and Connections: Now more than ever, journalists need to build trust and connection with communities they cover. In this facilitated conversation with experts from Public Narrative, the Free Press and Poynter Institute’s College Media Project, we will learn how journalists can build trust and connection with their audiences through methods such as community engagement and accountability journalism.

BUILD: Get Your Ideas Funded Now: This session will help attendees — whether a freelancer or traditional staff writer — 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. 

5:30- 7 p.m.: Books & Browse: ​Enjoy a reimagined Books & Browse before Saturday dinner. Every year, JAWS brings books from our membership for attendees to browse and buy. This year, we are adding to this popular event with a reading series from our noted authors, including Cronkite Senior Associate Dean Kristin Gilger, who will read and sign at sale of her new book, “There’s No Crying in Newsrooms: What Women Have Learned about What It Takes to Lead”

8:15- 9 p.m.:. Dinner & Keynote: Susan Smith Richardson, CEO of the Center for Public Integrity. “Power In Service of a Vision: Creating a newsroom for all of us.”

SUNDAY, Sept. 22

9 a.m.-10:30 am.: Plenary: Taking A Seat At The Table: Tables are a fixture in nearly every context. Whether established or created through improvisation, people engage these instruments to work, to get organized, and to develop and nurture relationships. Tables are also sites for exercising power — surfaces around which individuals create policies, programs and platforms that have the capacity to create the conditions for the inclusion or exclusion of others. Join us for this interactive plenary session facilitated by Diversity, Equity and Inclusion consultant Alicia T. Crosby in which panelists and participants alike will discuss their table experiences. We will explore concepts like equity, gatekeeping and power as we share what it looks and feels like to be included at or excluded from a variety of social, political and professional tables.

Breakout Sessions 10:45 – 11:45 a.m. 

BUILD: Going Global: Positioning Yourself for Foreign Reporting Assignments: Many newsroom foreign bureaus have closed but the desire for fresh reporting from around the world is still there. This workshop will feature a panel of full-time staffers and freelancers who have successfully reported abroad. 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. 

LEARN: Year of the Woman: Doing 2020 Coverage Right: Election cycles in the last three years have made it clear: the future is female. White women voted for President Donald Trump in droves in 2016, black women held the line in Alabama in 2017 to elect Sen. Doug Jones, the first Democratic senator to come from the state in 25 years. More women than ever are also stepping up to run for office at local, state and national levels — and winning.  But ahead of the 2020 election cycle, it’ll be critical to understand the space women are occupying in this moment at the poll booths and at the podiums and to not miss the big stories along the way.

Breakout Sessions 11:50 – 12:50 p.m.

BUILD: Stepping Into Leadership: This conversation will help attendees position themselves for leadership opportunities in their organizations. Panelists will discuss their journeys as leaders, how attendees can embrace their own management style, best practices for leading others, and tips on asking for promotion, training or whatever else you want. 

LEARN: Reporting on Inequality: Tools and Methods for Covering Race and Ethnicity: A master session that helps journalists to cover the complexity of topics dealing with racial and social inequality, and to investigate disparity’s root causes with effective reporting strategies.

1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Closing Conversation and Lunch with Sara Ganim: In a candid Q&A, Pulitzer Prize winner and former CNN correspondent Sara Ganim will talk about navigating career and life transitions, and what the future of journalism looks like for women. Plus, we’ll share the culmination of our conference-long activity as we reflect on where we are from, individually and collectively, and the riches and experiences that we bring to JAWS and to our daily work.

CAMP programming ends 2 p.m. EST. Dinner, time for fellowship and networking to follow