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CAMP 2017: Get ready for the online and on-site auctions

Meg HeckmanBy Meg Heckman, JAWS Member

This year’s Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) is still months away, but it’s already time to start thinking about what you can donate to our online and onsite auctions.

This will be the fifth year JAWS has operated an online auction, giving members who are unable to attend CAMP a chance to bid on great stuff while supporting a good cause.

Last year, we raised over $3,000 through the online auction, and we’d love to beat that number this fall – so start thinking about what you can contribute. Luxury items and vacation destinations are always welcome, but services – editing, career coaching and book proposal coaching – are usually a hit, too.

March 2017: Improve your leadership skills at one-day training seminars June 24 and July 28

Looking to improve your leadership skills or develop some expertise to get there?

We’re excited that Jill Geisler will once again be offering JAWS members her excellent one-day training seminars this summer in the San Francisco Bay Area and New York City.

If you’re in or near the Bay Area, put June 24 on your calendar. We’ll be meeting at Stanford for the day, with lunch provided and most likely happy hour at the end of the day.

In New York City, Jill will be at CUNY on July 28, a Friday. Again, a day-long, interactive training with lunch provided and happy hour at the end of the day.

CAMP 2017: Unplugging in Arkansas, conference registration opens April 24

By Roxanne Foster, JAWS Operations Director

Who’s ready for CAMP 2017 in Hot Springs?

You read that right. JAWS is headed to Arkansas!

Here’s the scoop: if you’ve never visited Arkansas, you don’t know what you’re missing. Just ask any of the JAWdesses whose faces lit up when I mentioned we’d be at The Arlington because they know all about this historic gem in the heart of the Ouachita Mountains where unplugging from the hustle of life helps melt the stress away. (Taking a dip in one of the thermal baths filled with 98 degree water brought up from the earth’s core, followed by a massage also helps.)

CAMP 2017: Introducing the Betsy Wade Legacy Fund Fellowship and four other fellowship opportunities

jaws camp fellowshipsThe Journalism and Women Symposium Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) Betsy Wade Legacy Fund Fellowship supports a working newswoman chosen for the commitment to diversity represented in her work and interests, and whose work reflects the value of journalism in safeguarding a democratic society.

CAMP 2017: Apply for a JAWS fellowship in April

The first Twitter chat on Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) fellowships was held on Feb. 15. Nikki Raz, JAWS fellowships co-chair, answered questions from attendees. Past Emerging Journalist fellows Cassie Cope, Olivia Smith and Laura Onyeneho also participated in the chat to share their experiences about CAMP; applications for fellowships open in April.

February 2017: Charting the future of JAWS

Where should JAWS go in the next five years?

How can our organization better serve our members?

That’s the question your board of directors will be mulling as we meet in Denver next month for our spring board meeting.

It’s time to update our strategic plan, created in 2012 to last through this year. You may read a summary here.

Website webinars with Marissa Evans on March 18 and March 25

By Roxanne Foster, JAWS Operations Director

We’re excited to launch what we hope will be the first of many webinars this year by bringing in JAWdess Marissa Evans to help those of us whose online portfolios are in need of some TLC. Whether you need help with getting started, think your site just needs a bit of tweaking or are contemplating a complete overhaul of your website, this two-part series can help!

January 2017: New programs for the new year

As the new year begins, I’m giving thanks for all those who so kindly donated to our successful end-of-year fund drive.

But we’re especially thankful for Phuong Ly of the Institute for Justice and Journalism. She recently closed the nonprofit and contributed money to several journalism nonprofits, including a generous gift to Journalism and Women Symposium.

Her gift, suggested by former JAWS President Dawn Garcia, will help us in our goal to provide regional training sessions in the year to come.

And that goal is already in motion.

CAMP 2017: Propose a session by Jan. 17

By Lindsey Anderson, JAWS CAMP 2017 co-chair

Somehow 2016 has flown by, and we’re already preparing for the 2017 JAWS CAMP in Hot Springs, Ark., next October.

We want next year’s CAMP to inspire you, encourage you and teach you something new — but we need your help.

Do you have an idea for an awesome keynote speaker? Do you want to set up a panel or workshop? Are you itching to share your know-how on a certain topic or technology?

We want to hear from you!

December 2016: Looking back at 2016, getting ready for 2017

As 2016 comes to a close, I want to offer thanks to everyone who’s done so much for Journalism and Women Symposium this year.

So many people have contributed it would be impossible to name you all.

But you’ve helped JAWS put on another great Conference and Mentoring Program in Roanoke, Va., hold three successful daylong regional training sessions, continue our work of mentoring each other and building relationships and more.

From board members to committee volunteers to trainers and mentors to our great JAWS staff members, your support is invaluable.

Give the gift of connection this Giving Tuesday

11-29-2016As 2016 draws to a close and the season of giving begins, we’re looking forward to 2017 and all that we’d like to do to further our mission of “supporting the professional empowerment and personal growth of women in journalism.”

This year, we’re participating in Giving Tuesday (Nov. 29) and are asking you to join us. We’re asking you to give to JAWS in honor of the women in your life – especially the JAWdesses who inspire you to “lift as you climb.”
Give the cost of a week’s worth of coffee prepared by your favorite barista. Ask your family and friends to give to JAWS in lieu of buying you something else you don’t really need (or want) this holiday season.