CAMP 2012 schedule and speakers

Journalism & Women Symposium

Conference and Mentoring Project
October 26 – 28, 2012
Tamaya Resort & Spa
Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico  (near Albuquerque)


Your $325 registration fee covers most meals, all panels, speakers and training sessions over three days. JAWS has an outstanding selection of panels, speakers, training and other programming this year, thanks to the hard work of program co-chairs Sarah Pollock and Sandra Fish, the support of executive director Becky Day and the many volunteers who have stepped up to coordinate, organize, plan and lead.

Great opportunities before CAMP begins

American Copy Editors Society training on Thursday Oct. 25 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. The daylong “Editing Boot Camp” covers the basics of grammar and punctuation, clarity and accuracy, proofreading, headlines, ethics and style, taught by knowledgeable and experienced presenters, including Merrill Perlman, editing consultant, retired from The New York Times; Teresa Schmedding, ACES president, AME-Paddock Publications; Maggie Walter, University of Missouri journalism professor. JAWS members will be able to attend at the ACES member rate of $95.  More info at

We have a plethora of recreational activities on tap for this year’s CAMP. No matter what you want to do with your free time, you can find something fun and fascinating. That includes hiking in the Sandia Mountains, checking out ancient petroglyphs, and poking around Albuquerque’s Old Town or the plaza in Santa Fe. You can also ride the world’s longest tram up to the top of Sandia Crest or get a great overview of Albuquerque from the world’s only trolley that resembles an adobe house. We’re putting together some organized activities, but we’ll also have information for you to plan your own free time. Tamaya Resort & Spa has fabulous pools, hiking trails near the Rio Grande, horseback riding, tennis and golf, as well as a great spa. We will be 30 minutes from downtown Albuquerque and about an hour from downtown Santa Fe. For those of you who want to plan now, here are some links.


Dinner connections with past president Megan Kamerick and current vp Gwyneth Doland, both Albuquerque residents.

6 p.m.  JAWS Board of Directors meeting/dinner


FRIDAY: Oct. 26, 2012

8:30 a.m.  JAWS Board of Directors meeting

Pre-Conference Outing. A fun activity to encourage early arrival. See New Mexico with its gorgeous scenery, terrific shopping, interesting culture and spa options before we plunge into panels.   Contact Megan Kamerick, cruise director.

1 p.m. REGISTRATION BEGINS (continues all afternoon)

1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Concurrent sessions

  • The Economics of Every Story Session 1, with NPR’s Marilyn Geewax: For all Journalists 
    Presented with the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism.
    These days, the economy really is everybody’s business. It’s still the biggest story going, and no matter what you cover – from City Hall to college sports –  there’s an economic angle. Find out how to identify those economic angles and incorporate them into more sophisticated beat coverage.  This afternoon training will be split into two 75-minute sessions: the first is for journalists on all beats, and the second is for reporters who cover their local economy. The instructor, Marilyn Geewax, is NPR’s national economics correspondent. She’s known for explaining complex economic information in a simple, conversational way. Learn how to do the same in your local coverage. Registration for the JAWS CAMP is required to attend.
  • Four Flash Technology Trainings:
    1:15 to 1:35 Blogging 101 – Setting up a blog or website with WordPress, Janice Rombeck
    1:35 to 1:55 Blogging 202 – Using Google analytics, Twitter and Facebook to build and measure an audience, Janice Rombeck
    1:55 to 2:15 Blogging 303 – Creating Revenue, Ad Networks and Niche Building,  Ellen Berkovitch2:15 to 2:30 Practice time

2:45 p.m. to 4 p.m.            Concurrent sessions

  • The Economics of Every Story  Session 2, with NPR’s Marilyn Geewax: For journalists covering their local economy
    Presented with the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism.
    What will it take for us to get out of this economic slump? How can you tell whether your local economy is recovering; what are the signs to track? What will it take for jobs to come back? How do you find fresh stories in the drumbeat of stats about joblessness in your area? Foreclosures and housing prices? What needs to happen for the housing market to recover? What are the fresh local angles to pursue now – four years after the mortgage meltdown.
  • Four Flash Technology Trainings:
    2:45 to 3 p.m. Introduction: Mobile devices as reporting tools/ Smart Phones/Tablets; Multimedia: Blurbmobile; Jackie Spinner
    3 p.m. to 3:15 Mobile apps for photo: ProCamera, Hueless, Snapseed, Filterstorm, Instagram, Jackie Spinner
    3:15 to 3:30 Mobile apps for video: Splice, Pixorial, Jackie Spinner
    3:30 to 3:45 Mobile apps for audio: SoundCloud, iRig Recorder, AudioBoo, Jackie Spinner
    3:45 to 4 p.m. Practice time

4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

  • CAMP 101  An introduction to CAMP and JAWS for new Campers and fellowship winners.

6 p.m. Cocktails, no host bar

7 p.m.  Welcome Dinner, CAMP introductions of all participants — a JAWS tradition


SATURDAY: Oct. 27, 2012

Pre-breakfast yoga

8 a.m.  – Breakfast. Mentor Meet-Up. Will include networking tables: bloggers, educators, food writers, print dinosaurs, foreign correspondents, etc. (we will invite topic suggestions)

8:30 a.m. – Business of the day, welcome by JAWS President Kat Rowlands

9 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.  Three concurrent sessions

  • Small Town, Big News: The Future of Local Journalism. Pulitzer winner Sara Ganim, who broke the Penn State Sandusky child sex abuse scandal comes to CAMP for a conversation with Judy Muller, a professor at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Muller is also an Emmy, duPont-Columbia and Peabody Award-winning television correspondent and National Public Radio commentator who recently published a book Emus Loose in Egnar about how small town newspapers are thriving. Come hear these two women talk about the story behind Ganim’s story as well as the future of small town news and the future of journalism. Moderated by Lauren M. Whaley.
  • Journalists as Entrepreneurs. An exploration of what it’s like to launch a startup – particularly a journalism startup. Come watch a demo and find out what  two journalists – one broadcast, one print – learned in teaming up to teamed up to create  IlluminUs. The news startup provides real-time training and professional support to people shooting news and stories on smartphones. Co-founders Deepa Fernandes, a correspondent for Southern California Public Radio, and Michelle Holmes, a former newspaper editor and director of business development at Ustream, will share the lingo, logistics and other inside-Silicon Valley culture you need to know before you get started. The panel will be moderated by Dawn Garcia, a past president of JAWS and the Deputy Director of the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford University. Fernandes and Holmes were Knight Fellows in the Class of 2012. This panel is sponsored by The John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships.
  • Creating a Tech-Savvy Career. There ARE women deep into data reporting, running news websites, building interactives and even programming. There just aren’t enough. How do we train more and how can established journalists move into new technology? With Jennifer LaFleur, director of computer-assisted reporting at ProPublica, Sharon Machlis is online editor of Computerworld, Stephanie Clary is senior editor of at, and Mandy Jenkins, digital projects editor at Digital First Media.

10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.    Three concurrent sessions

  • The Digital Journalist: Journalism and Advocacy. A look at three different advocacy projects with a journalistic bent–one that trains women in India to advocate for themselves via short videos and using mobile phones to create news pieces, another that trains non-journalists to write effective op-eds, and a third that helps amplify the voices of classroom teachers so they can impact education policy. A lawyer who teaches media and ethics will wrap it all up with an analysis of when it’s OK for journalists to cross from impartial to advocate… and when it’s not. Panelists: Michele Weldon, assistant professor at Medill at Northwestern University and senior seminar leader for the Op-Ed Project; Paromita Pain, Joan Cook Fellow and freelance journalist; Meg Tebo, lawyer and media ethics instructor at Columbia College Chicago; and Cindy Richards, vice president, new civics for New Voice Strategies, which uses online tools to give frontline workers and citizens a voice in policy decisions.
  • Pitch Like a Pro. Ready to see your byline in your favorite publication? Discover the nuts and bolts of a solid pitch from freelance journalists and editors. Learn how to pitch, who to pitch, and when to pitch in your writing process. Also learn how to get the most money for your idea from our panelists: Katherine Lanpher, freelance writer and More magazine contributing editor; Rachel Louise Snyder, author, radio host and professor; and moderator Charreah Jackson, Essence magazine associate editor.
  • Four Flash Technology Trainings:
    10:30-10:50 Facebook for journalists (creating a page, lists, subscribe, sourcing), Mandy Jenkins
    10:50 to 11:10 Using LinkedIn (from sourcing to job hunting), Sandra Fish
    11:10 to 11:30 Google+ for research, sourcing, interviewing, Stephanie Clary
    11:30 to 11:45 Practice time

12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.   LUNCH

                         Conversation and Live Auction Fun

12:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Eileen Shanahan Speaker
Keesha Gaskins

As you know, at least 32 states are dealing with some new manifestation of so-called Photo ID or other restrictive measures for voter eligibility. This phenomenon has blossomed as a result of widespread Republican victories in 2010 legislative elections. The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University’s law school has been at the forefront of a legal and public education campaign to challenge these laws and explain likely effects.  With CAMP coming just before the 2012 elections, Keesha’s news-to-use speech will address what has happened but also suggest effects to look for in this November’s voting (and leading up to it).  Critics, including major civil and women’s rights organizations such as the NAACP, La Raza, the League of Women Voters, AAUW, believe these laws will suppress the votes in groups that don’t typically vote heavily for Republicans.  As counsel in the Brennan Center’s Democracy Program and a former state LWV exec, Keesha works in the center of this storm. She has been doing media-and creating it with a blog on this stuff.

1:45 p.m. – 3 p.m.  three concurrent sessions

  •  Covering Indian Country and Native American Issues. This panel of journalists covering the Four Corners area will tackle some of the challenges of reporting on Native American communities, including how to find sources in communities that shun the spotlight and how to get records from governments not subject to state or federal sunshine laws. These local experts will give JAWS members the tools they need to include mostly unheard voices from these diverse communities in stories about health, education, the environment, politics and more. With Antonia Gonzales, Native America News; Felicia Fonseca, Associated Press; and Valerie Taliman, Indian Country Today. Moderated by Gwyneth Doland.
  • Women on the Verge: Meeting the Demands of Changes in Life, Career. We’ve been reading about working women who “Have It All,” or who are trying to “Have It All,” or who believe “Having It All” is a myth. But, what about simply striking a balance? This panel aims to continue the conversation about how women journalists balance (or imbalance): mothering children, caring for aging parents, starting a new career or revamping an old one. Not to mention exercising, eating well, breathing, and doing the laundry…. All while finding creative ways to tell new and compelling stories using various media across many different platforms. Four panelists – Amy Alexander, Mary Kay Blakely, Phuong Ly and Brigid Schulte – each presenting different life stages and choices will share stories about their experience striking this work/life/family balance while maintaining (and creating) robust careers. How have they done it and how do they keep doing it? The panel will be moderated by Lauren Whaley who balances marriage (to a fellow journalist) with radio reporting, photography and writing, but has yet to add babies to the mix. She partnered with Lisen Stromberg, who recently launched a successful second career as a journalist while balancing her role as mother of three teenagers and wife to her husband of 25 years, to bring these issues front and center to our community. Come join the conversation and share your experience.
  • Four Flash Technology Trainings
    1:45 to 2 p.m. Twitter basics (setting up an account, who to follow, how to find followers, sources), Jackie Spinner
    2 to 2:15 Scheduling tweets, using a Twitter client (Hootsuite and Tweetdeck), Jackie Spinner
    2:15 to 2:30 Growing your Twitter audience (Twellow, Twiangulate, Twitter for Busy People), Jackie Spinner
    2:30 to 2:45 Twitter parties (making money on Twitter) with Cindy Richards
    2:45 to 3 p.m. Practice time

3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

• Fran Lewine Interview These videotaped interviews with prominent women journalists are produced in honor of Fran Lewine, one of the founding members of the Journalism & Women Symposium. Fran was a leader among women journalists in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s, protesting discrimination against women in jobs and assignments. She was president of The Women’s National Press Club at a time when some major journalistic organizations excluded women or limited their participation. The efforts of Lewine and other reporters eventually led to such groups as the National Press Club and the Gridiron Club opening their membership to women. The 2012 interview will be with Jean Gaddy Wilson, who played a lead role in creating four national organizations: the Council of Presidents for newspaper editorial executives; the National Women in Media Collection, housed in MU’s Western Historical Manuscript Collection; Journalism and Women’s Symposium; and the International Women’s Media Federation. Additionally, her study, “Taking Stock: Women in the Media in the 21st Century,” became a landmark that measured the employment of women across print and broadcast media.

• Peer-to-Peer Tech Assistance

 • Discover New Mexico
Cruise directors Gwyneth Doland, JAWS VP, and Megan Kamerick, immediate past president of JAWS, will have plans and suggested activities to show you the best of the culture, beauty and fun of the Albuquerque area. Sign-up sheets will be available at CAMP.

5:30 p.m.   CAMP Picture — a JAWS Tradition

6:30  p.m.  Books and Browse.  Cocktails – no host bar.
Meet the JAWS authors and buy a book.  Chat about their latest work with the writers. Books and Browse is sponsored by Digital First Media.

7:45 p.m.  Dinner. We celebrate the successes of some of our own tonight, hearing from three former presidents of JAWS who have made transformational leaps in their careers during the last year. We will hear from Susy Schultz, readership director at The Daily Journal, Megan Kamerick, a producer at New Mexico PBS, and Pamela Moreland, who started a blog and communications consulting firm, about the hard work, tough choices — and humor — that got them through their challenges. Also, more live auction fun — a JAWS tradition and an opportunity to get vacations, jewelry, memorabilia and services while supporting JAWS. Bring your own auction items and take home some gems, with proceeds going toward our fellowship program and other great programs supported by JAWS.

                        HALLOWEEN PARTY after dinner


 SUNDAY: Oct. 28, 2012

Pre-breakfast yoga

8:00 a.m.   Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.  JAWS general membership meeting.  Election of new board.

9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.  Two concurrent sessions

  • Negotiating Your Way to the Top. Women continue to lag, both in media leadership positions, in bylines, and even in the focus and content of news. VIDA, the online magazine for women in literary arts, recently released its count of female-to-male bylines in influential literary and political outlets. The numbers are bleak. The 2010 Global Media Montoring Project reported that only 24 percent of the people heard, read about or seen in the news are female. Learn to be part of the solution. In this session, Lisa Gates, co-founder of She Negotiates Training, will offer her insights, tools and a training for JAWS members on how to better represent themselves in negotiations for jobs, freelance agreements and other contracts. We will empower women to fight for those bylines, better pay and career advancement. Moderated by Amy Resnick, Executive Editor at Pensions & Investments newspaper.
  • Four Flash Technology Trainings:
    9:30 to 9:50 Storify, Mandy Jenkins
    9:50 to 10:10 a.m. Pinterest, Stephanie Clary
    10 to 10:30 Instagram,, Stephanie Clary
    10:30 to 10:45 Practice time

11 a.m. – 12:15 a.m.  Three concurrent sessions

  • Human Trafficking. The trafficking of people, whether for the sex trade or domestic servitude or in the agricultural industry, is not confined to other countries. In the United State, tens of thousands of people are held in what amounts to modern slavery. But how do journalists tackle a story in which the victims are often hidden, the statistics are murky and the American public may not be interested in the issue? We bring together journalists, a human trafficking victim, and a New Mexico state government official to explore the story, how to cover and why it’s a local story, not just a global issue. With Anthony Maez, special agent in chart, New Mexico Attorney  General’s office; E.J. Graff, JAWS member working on an investigation of trafficking; Richard J. Schaefer, associate professor of communication and journalism; Theresa Flores, founder of Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution; and moderators Carolyn Gonzalez of the University of New Mexico and Elissa Yancey, professor at the University of Cincinnati.
  • Law & Order: How the digital World has Changed Almost Everything for Journalists. Does your state’s shield law cover bloggers?  What copyright protections do you hold if images you created suddenly pop up on scores of Pinterest boards? Speaking of copyright, what avenues does an independent journalist have if she discovers her work has been plagiarized? Is linking to original source material good enough? Or should you also use traditional forms of attribution?  Is online comment posting anonymity on a collision course with the First Amendment? Technology is making media law issues far more complicated. In a wide-ranging discussion, media law attorneys and digital journalists talk about the issues and provide advice on how to navigate this new world. Featuring Barbara L. Morgenstern, who teaches journalism law and ethics, and Duffy Carolan, newsroom counsel to more than 40 California newspapers.
  • Four Flash Technology Trainings:
    11 to 11:20 Data visualization overview with Sharon Machlis
    11:20 to 11:40 Open source government data with Jennifer LaFleur
    11:40 to 12:10 Document cloud with Jennifer LaFleur

12:30 p.m.    Lunch with Keynote Speaker

2012 Keynote Speaker
Gloria Steinem

Gloria Steinem has been an iconic feminist leader and inspiration to many of us in JAWS, so we are especially pleased to welcome her this year to speak to us, experience CAMP and meet up with old and new friends. She will speak at our Sunday lunch and also attend our Wine and Whine gathering Sunday evening. As most of you know, Gloria Steinem is a writer, lecturer, editor and feminist activist. She travels around the world as an organizer and lecturer and is a frequent media spokeswoman on issues of equality. She is particularly interested in the shared origins of sex and race caste systems, gender roles and child abuse as roots of violence, non-violent conflict resolution, the cultures of indigenous peoples, and organizing across boundaries for peace and justice. She now lives in New York City, and is currently at work on a new book.

• Afternoon free for sightseeing, spa, shopping and dinner on your own!

• Newly Elected JAWS Board of Directors Meet.

8 p.m. Wine and Whine  hosted by JAWS back at the Tamaya Resort. Chat with Gloria Steinem and JAWS pals new and old to recharge your batteries, forge friendships and find inspiration before heading back to work.


MONDAY:  Oct. 29, 2012

Check out time for the Tamaya Resort is 11 a.m.



JAWS CAMP 2012 will be at the Tamaya Resort & Spa near Albuquerque, New Mexico, October 26 – 28.

Make your reservations now by calling 505-867-1234.  Insist on making your reservation with the resort staff. DO NOT LET THEM SWITCH YOU TO THE 1-800 HYATT RESERVATION CENTER.  DEADLINE is Sept. 26, 2012. Let the reservation staff know you are part of JAWS to receive these special rates:
$129 per night single/double
$154 per night for triple occupancy
$170 per night for quadruple occupancy
$219 per night for Regency Club rooms
Suites per night:
Junior $258
Exectuive $378
Conference $498