Call for panels for CAMP 2018

The most beautiful thing about Journalism and Women Symposium is that it’s built on us women sharing our stories, tips and tools of the trade with each other. The annual Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) is the pinnacle of that sisterhood. And that’s why we need your help.

We are now accepting submissions for panels, workshops, tech sessions and plenary sessions for CAMP 2018, which will be Oct. 12-14 at the Mt. Hood Oregon Resort.

Session submissions are due Monday, Jan. 22. Share your proposals by filling out this form.

As with all CAMPs, we’re looking for programming that covers a wide range of topics and issues facing women journalists and that includes panelists and speakers who are diverse in race, age, culture, media and location.

Sessions can be about anything — from tech tips to the 2018 elections to navigating sexual harassment in the newsroom. Panels can include up to three speakers and one moderator, or they can feature a single presenter.

The CAMP committee will review the proposals in February, taking into account content, experience, relevance and diversity of topics and presenters. We’ll let you know by the end of February if your proposed session was selected.

If chosen, you will be the primary organizer for your session. That means you’ll be the main intermediary between CAMP organizers and your panelists, holding conference calls with your speakers and gathering their bios and headshots. If one of your speakers is suddenly unable to attend the conference — or you yourself are no longer be able to attend — you are responsible for making new arrangements for your panel.

Because we are a small nonprofit organization, JAWS doesn’t have funds to pay travel costs or conference fees for panelists or session organizers. But JAWS can provide organizers and their speakers with a discount off CAMP registration. If a speaker isn’t already a JAWS member, she’ll get a complimentary one-year membership. We encourage panels to seek outside funding if necessary and to communicate any financial concerns with CAMP organizers as soon as possible.

If you have any questions, please contact

We can’t wait to hear your ideas!