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CAMP 2017: Group activities from hiking to wine tasting to spa soaking

by Jennifer Oldham, JAWS member

Once home to both President Bill Clinton and notorious gangsters—an interesting juxtaposition—this year’s Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) location Hot Springs, Ark., is also the oldest park managed by the National Park Service. The designation is meant to protect about a million gallons of the 143-degree water that flow daily out of the low-lying Ouachita Mountains to fill 47 hot springs.

JAWS announces new operations director

We’re excited to announce Roxann Elliott as our incoming operations director. She will be working with Roxanne Foster the rest of the year and taking over the job in January 2018.

Roxann is a freelance journalist and entrepreneur motivated by the stories and unique challenges faced by women in the professional arena (also, English Breakfast tea).

CAMP 2017: Get social in Hot Springs this fall

By Kira Zalan, JAWS member

The Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa, which will be home to Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) next month, was built in the 1920s in the center of charming Hot Springs, Ark. The hotel is surrounded by forested hiking trails, natural hot springs, shops, restaurants and quirky museums and theaters.

There are plenty of cozy settings for JAWS-style bonding, including an on-site, vintage thermal bath spa; an enormous, southern-style wraparound porch; live entertainment on Friday and Saturday (locals come with their own dance shoes); pools and jacuzzis (carved into the side of a mountain); and a bartender who knows how to make a mean mint julep.

Meet a CAMPer: Amelia Brust

Amelia Brust is editor at Community Impact NewspaperKaty edition. She has worked at daily and monthly newspapers, written online news and was a staff writer for her college paper The Temple News.

She grew up in Maryland, graduated from Temple University in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in political science, and moved to Texas in 2015. Brust covers local news and reads stories about national politics, policy, entertainment, civil liberties, music, travel and women who are making waves in the world.

CAMP 2017: Start a Table Talk conversation

By Lindsey M. Anderson, JAWS member

One of the best parts of CAMP is the opportunity to confer with women from across the globe, sharing our experiences, insight and advice.

Table Talks at Sunday dinner are the perfect time for those conversations.

As CAMP winds down after a whirlwind weekend of panels and activities, attendees can choose from a slate of themed tables for Sunday’s dinner.

Meet a CAMPer: Mary C. Curtis

Mary C. Curtis, political columnist at Roll Call and NBCBLK, is an award-winning journalist and educator who has contributed to NBC News, NPR, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Root, MSNBC, China Global Television Network, and talks politics on WCCB-TV in Charlotte. Curtis has worked at The New York Times, the Charlotte Observer, the Baltimore Sun, and the Associated Press and as national correspondent for AOL’s Politics Daily. Her coverage specialty is the intersection of politics, culture and race, and she has covered the 2008, 2012 and 2016 presidential campaigns.

CAMP 2017: Learn in-demand skills with tech training

By Marina Villeneuve, JAWS member

What’s your superpower?

A 2016 report by the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism found that news organizations count visual storytelling, social media, coding and audience development skills among their most sought after hiring priorities.

This year, the Journalism and Women Symposium’s Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) in Hot Springs, Ark. has you covered on all those fronts. Few of us can be a pro at it all, but it’s important to know the basics and gain expertise in one or two areas.