Meet the CAMP Committee

The CAMP Committee is hard at work making CAMP 2019 an active and reflective weekend where women journalists can gather to make connections, gain skills and spark new projects. We hope you will meet them face to face in Williamsburg, Va. Sept. 20-22. Cited by The New York Times as one of the 52 Places to Go in 2019, Williamsburg provides the opportune backdrop for this year’s conference theme: “Facing Our Past, Defining Our Future.”

Mira Lowe
Mira Lowe, the president-elect of JAWS, is assistant dean for student experiences at the University of Florida, College of Journalism and Communications, where she serves as the team leader and facilitator for all administrators who oversee the college’s venues for professional immersion. She also is director of the Innovation News Center, a multimedia newsroom of student journalists and professionals that serves North Central Florida via multiple distribution channels, including PBS, NPR and ESPN.

Prior to joining UF, Mira was a senior editor at CNN Digital in Atlanta, managing the planning, execution and programming of daily features content and special projects across a global portfolio. She was editor-in-chief of JET magazine, the first woman to helm the publication, and assistant managing editor of Ebony magazine, both in Chicago, and an associate editor at Newsday in New York.

“My vision for CAMP is that attendees leave feeling inspired, renewed and better equipped to do their best journalism,” she says.

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Fara Warner

Fara Warner has worked in every storytelling medium from traditional print, books, and digital publishing to virtual reality films throughout her three-decade journalism career. She is an award-winning author and journalist specializing in the art and science of storytelling in the digital age, new business models for journalism, and the critical need for diversity in creative teams and women’s growing economic and social power.

She serves as the lead instructor for Poynter’s College Media Project and is the project manager for a new program at Solutions Journalism Network focused on environment, sustainability and climate change. In the past decade, she has led teams of developers, designers, writers, and editors at organizations including The Wall Street Journal and Aol Inc. She is a leadership ambassador for Take The Lead, a nonprofit focused on gender equity and pay parity and is the co-lead in the inaugural cohort “50 Women Can Change The World in Journalism.”

Elissa Yancey

Elissa Yancey, MSEd, is an award-winning journalist, author, educator and nonprofit leader. She spent a decade working in higher education as a professor and administrator, and now serves as the national leader of the Poynter Institute’s College Media Project, a program for which she developed the curriculum.

The Project trains student journalists across the country to create impactful, campus-based journalism projects that engage with their communities over critical and often contentious issues, building trust, accountability and media literacy along the way.

“I envision CAMP 2019 as an opportunity to listen, learn and grow together as a group focused on equity, support and understanding,” Yancy said. “As women in journalism, we can benefit from the wisdom of our JAWS family as we lift one another up to face serious challenges to our profession, our identities and in some cases, our very lives. CAMP is the place for lifting. For strengthening one another. For centering those most endangered among us and empowering them to persevere and flourish as an integral part of our past, present and future.”