CAMP 2015: Programming preview

By Emily Shenk, JAWS CAMP Co-Chair

Fall may seem far off, but the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) in beautiful Whitefish, Mont., is just a few months away! We are very excited about the 30th anniversary CAMP, which will celebrate our accomplishments together so far but also look forward to the next 30 years. What lies ahead for women in journalism? How will the way we tell stories evolve in the coming decade? What skills can we gain to become better leaders in our workplaces?

We’re planning a lineup of interactive sessions to help you explore these questions and more. Early-bird registration ends June 30, so register now to get the best deal. If you need more convincing, here are some highlights that I’m particularly excited about.

Oct. 9

Come early on Friday for our pre-conference workshops. Our all-day data visualization training will show you how to use data to effectively tell your stories. Have an idea for a book but not sure how to make it happen? We’ve got a two-hour book camp with publishing experts to help guide you.

That night, we’ll party like it’s 1985 — in honor of our first CAMP gathering — with an ’80s-themed networking hour.

Oct. 10

Among the variety of panels we’re offering Saturday will be a group of journalism educators discussing the challenge of teaching core journalism principles in a multiplatform digital environment.

We’ll continue that discussion later in the weekend with our keynote speaker, Emily Bell, a professor at Columbia University and director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism.

Oct. 11

Sunday morning, Mary Curtis and Jill Geisler will lead “Not on My Watch,” an interactive workshop about turning the talk about diversity to real action. Participants will leave with concrete ideas to defeat conscious and unconscious bias.

That evening, we’re working on a special discussion during our annual Wine and Whine event — more details to come on that soon.

Don’t forget to register now for the discounted rate and to take advantage of the airfare deals we’ve set up.

I’m looking forward to seeing you there!