Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP)

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JAWS Campers, 2011

Journalism and Women Symposiums have been held each year since the organization formed in 1984, offering professional development, training, inspiring speakers and an opportunity to support networking, mentoring and friendship among women in journalism.

2013 Fall Symposium will be in Vermont

It’s time to return to the Northeast with a chance to experience lovely autumn colors and beautiful scenery with a stay at The Essex Culinary Resort & Spa in Essex, Vermont. The Essex boasts of its culinary delights and beautiful grounds.  It’s about 15 minutes from the Burlington airport, 3.5 hours from Boston and just 1.5 hours from Montreal. As long as Becky Day gives her approval after a site visit soon, CAMP will be held here Oct. 24-27, 2013.

2012 Fall Symposium in New Mexico!

Join us for a packed program with technology training, panels on entrepreneurial journalism and freelancing, plus inspiring speakers such as feminist icon Gloria Steinem, Pulitzer winner Sara Ganim and voting rights expert Keesha Gaskins. We have partnered with the American Copy Editors Society for an editing workshop on Oct. 25 if you come early, and special sessions will be offered with trainers from the Reynolds Center for Business Journalism on Oct. 26 to kick off a full weekend through Oct. 28. Plus the setting is gorgeous and rooms are discounted for JAWS members at the Hyatt Tamaya Resort near Albuquerque, N.M. For a full schedule, click here.


About 130 journalists attended the 2011 JAWS annual conference in Asheville, N.C. Among the most engaging journalism panels were those held to discuss women who are covering war, the importance of branding in our changing industry, and how to fund a career shift. We also had insightful talks by Margie Freivogel, who told us about the creation of her online enterprise, the StLouis Beacon; Diana B. Henriques, who gave us the insider’s tale of covering the Bernie Madoff scandal from her perspective as a New York Times reporter and author; and one of our JAWS founders, Peggy Simpson, who was interviewed about her trailblazing career as part of our Fran Lewine Interview project. Read more about the 2011 CAMP.


About 110 journalists attended the 2010 JAWS 26th annual conference at Tapatio Springs Resort in Boerne, Texas, outside San Antonio. Panels included a group of women covering the Mexico-U.S. Border, the latest trends in food writing and blogging, how to build a profitable freelance career, launching an entrepreneurial multimedia news organization and the latest tools in technology for journalists. Other panels focused on emerging trends in mid-career fellowships and teaching journalism at the college level. Keynote speaker Maria Hinojosa talked about her career with National Public Radio, CNN and PBS, as well as her new media venture, Futuro Media Group. The Eileen Shanahan speaker was Heidi Beirich, director of research with the Southern Poverty Law Center. More on the 2010 Fall Symposium

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