About 200 professional women journalists flocked to Whitefish, Montana, for the 30th annual Journalism and Women Symposium’s Conference and Mentoring Program Oct. 9-11.
JAWS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports the professional empowerment and personal growth of women in journalism and works toward a more accurate portrayal of the whole society.
Los Angeles Times managing editor S. Mitra Kalita led a discussion about the women feminism left behind as a part of the keynote discussion at the 30th anniversary CAMP.
Thirteen journalists were awarded fellowships through JAWS’ fellowship programs for early career, entrepreneurial, midcareer and diversity journalists.
CAMP attendees participated in discussions about diversity and harassment, learned new investigative and data visualization skills and tested emerging storytelling tools first hand for three days at Grouse Mountain Lodge, not far from Glacier National Park. Longtime international AP correspondent Edie Lederer also took part in an interview with famed AP courts reporter Linda Deutsch.
Members elected a new board for the 2016-2018 term, including president Sandra Fish, a data journalist with New Mexico In Depth. New board and returning board members include Linda Kramer Jenning, Justine Griffin, Georgia Dawkins, Amy Stretten, Jane Isay, Liz Seegert, Sarah Shemkus, Meagan Sweas, Amy Resnick, Sheila Solomon, Merrill Perlman, Angela Greiling-Keane, Pam Moreland and Gina Setser.
JAWS CAMP will return to the East Coast next year at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center in Virginia on Oct. 28-30, 2016.