Fall Symposium 2007

JAWS CAMP 2007 l

Door County, Wisconsin

Sept. 28-Oct. 1 at Stone Harbor Resort in Sturgeon Bay

JAWS members at the Fall 2007 Symposium in Door County, Wis.

Our annual conference featured inspiring speakers, career development sessions, mentoring and networking support. Keynoter Sheryl Hilliard Tucker, TIME Inc. executive editor, inspired us and encouraged us to keep on making a difference in newsrooms of all kinds. The interactive session – “We’ve Come a Long Way, Maybe” – provoked thoughtful and intense debate. And pollster Celinda Lake told us the gender gap is alive and well in presidential politics as we head into the 2008 election.

We recorded some of the happenings in a blog: http://jaws07.blogspot.com/. Some PowerPoints and, ultimately, audio and video presentations are located in our members-only area. (Not a member? Maybe you should be! Click here for more info!)

Among the other workshops at the 2007 fall conference:

  • “Stories That Click: Making the Most of New Media”
  • “Managing Difficult Conversations in the Newsroom,” on leadership strategies
  • “Placing Our Bets: Financial Strategies for Uncertain Times”
  • “Breaking Into Writing for Major Magazines”
  • “Mining Archives for Buried Treasure: Finding Stories and Preserving History”
  • “Turbo-charging Your Career With a Journalism Fellowship”

Check out a slideshow from this year’s conference here. (Hover over the photos with your mouse to get the captions.) Have photos you’d like to add? Contact Web editor Sandra Fish at her e-mail in the member’s directory.

Finally, one of the highlights of the conference was Saturday’s “Strut Your Stuff” night. Here’s scholarship winner Charreah Jackson’s ode to JAWS:

Open Wide

See Jaws are made for opening wide

Putting the fact I have both breast AND a brain aside

Telling a story the way it should be told.

Never accepting there’s such a thing as too girly, too bold, too black or too old

See Jaws are made for opening wide

To sigh loudly when told “no”

No you can’t write that, no you can’t sit there

No because we said so, and you girls said it first, no means no

But no, we opened our jaws and said yes

Yes, I’ll be the first at the copy desk

Yes I’ll be a political or sports editor
Why the hell not me?

No I won’t just cook or sew

No, I won’t quit because my womb has started to grow

See Jaws are made to open wide

To share the love we all have inside

A love for truth and all mankind

A love for Wisconsin cheese

And you know a glass of wine

See Jaws are built to open wide

To push aside pretension and pride

And so I thank you for opening yours

Kicking open doors that make me have a few firsts

Let the torch continue to pass and its light be our guide

Let the Jaws of Jaws always be open wide

Interested in 2008? We’ll be in New Hampshire!