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Facebook for Journalists is a Society of Professional Journalists training program in partnership with Facebook, and JAWS is bringing this program to you this month. Join trainer and journalist J. […]
In a first for JAWS, and in support of our colleagues who have recently lost their jobs, we will provide a free one-year membership to all journalists who have been laid off since Jan. 1.
We are excited to announce that the 2019 Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) will take place on Sept. 20-22 in Williamsburg, Va.
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.”
The purpose of this Code of Conduct is to enable courageous, generous and honest conversations, which are essential to achieving our mission. Our intention is to develop a culture of understanding and cooperation that will help us learn from each other, elevate each other and overcome challenges together.
I’m proud to report that JAWS has taken several major steps to address racist and offensive statements made during last year’s Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) in Oregon.
January 14, 2019 | By JAWS Board of Directors
The Journalism & Women Symposium stands in solidarity with award-winning journalist Brittany Noble Jones and other women journalists, particularly Black women, whose employers have discriminated against them because of their gender and race.
Noble Jones recently said she experienced several instances of discrimination as a reporter working at a television station in Jackson, Mississippi, including her boss saying it was “unprofessional” for her to wear her natural hair on TV. Noble said her contract was eventually terminated.
The Journalism & Women Symposium (JAWS) is pleased to announce it has received a $50,000 grant from the Ford Foundation.
These funds will assist the organization’s hiring of a full-time Executive Director, in tandem with the Democracy Fund grant awarded earlier this year, and provide support to regional groups around the country. It is an urgent priority at this time for JAWS to organize and implement diversity and inclusiveness training at the regional level, and this grant will be a crucial pillar of that mission.
Do you want to brush up on the lessons you learned at CAMP 2018, or check out info from a session you missed? Thanks to our 2018 fellows who prepared tip sheets and interviewed our keynote speakers, presenters who shared resources and attendees live-tweeted, we have a collection of tip sheets, videos and other media here. We hope you find it helpful!
“It’s never too late to drop your beliefs and let your wounds heal. Instead of wounding others as well.” ― Adam Scythe, Immortals, Vol. II
JAWS is an organization I have been honored to be a part of for many years, not just because it is led by women who broke down newsroom barriers for women but because it has provided me a safe space to vent about being a woman of color in mostly all-white and all-male workplaces for most of my career.
Unfortunately, CAMP was not a safe space for many of us this year.
November 10, 2018 | By JAWS Board of Directors
The Journalism and Women Symposium condemns President Donald Trump’s recent attacks on members of the White House Press Corps, especially black women journalists and other reporters of color.
By Marina Fang
Melissa Ludtke’s successful 1978 legal battle over access for female reporters covering baseball came from years of experiencing institutional sexism and working toward incremental changes. The story of her career provides lessons for women in journalism today, including the importance of networking, perseverance, creative solutions, defining your narratives, and simply doing the work, no matter how small the task.
Presented by Amy Westervelt
“Work-life balance” is a handy phrase for marketing self-help books, but the reality is, it’s all life. And these two parts of life can’t help but impact each other. Elise Hu—former Korea and Japan bureau chief for NPR and current staff reporter/host with NPR—walked us through those intersections in her JAWS CAMP 2018 keynote, framed as “all the ways I’ve failed to work for The Washington Post.”
Opportunities for investigative work are hiding in plain sight: in annual reports, budgets from every level of government and your keen observations about your surroundings, be they physical cues (crumbling infrastructure) or listening to the informed complaints of the local community (what is the one hospital locals don’t want to wind up in? That’s a good place to start.)
At Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) 2018, Journalism and Women Symposium honored women journalists who sparked change, who embody our mission to work toward an accurate portrayal of women in […]
Join us in welcoming new officers and members to the 2018-2019 Journalism and Women Symposium Board of Directors.
The newest officers and members were welcomed at CAMP 2018 in Welches, Oregon.
If you can’t make it to CAMP this year, you can still follow along from afar. We’re all journalists, so you can bet we’ll be tweeting interesting insights from our fabulous keynote speakers and breakout sessions. Monitor the hashtag #JAWSCAMP18 for live updates.
We hope you’re eager for our annual conference at Mt. Hood in Oregon. As we finish up preparations and so many of you are planning and packing for an awesome weekend, we’re here to remind you of our silent auction!
Each year at CAMP we hold an on-site auction, and we rely on contributions from our wonderful JAWdesses.
Looking for a book to read? You just might find your new favorite at the Conference & Mentoring Project in Welches, Oregon, next month.
Eight authors will share three-minute excerpts of their latest work during the first-ever Journalism & Women Symposium Books & Browse lightning readings. Then, if you like what you hear, head to the Books & Browse reception that will follow where you can chat with the authors, purchase their books and get them autographed.
CAMP isn’t all business. There’s plenty of time to explore and meet friends new and old over the weekend.
Get your witch hats and broomsticks and gather at our opening party—a bonfire with brews for purchase on Friday night.
Looking for someone to go to for career advice? Come chat with experienced industry leaders during roundtable mentorship discussions. Have a boatload of tips and tools you’re eager to share with other journalists? Volunteer to be a mentor and share your know-how with others.
Do you have a new book out that you’re looking to share with a couple hundred journalists from around the country?
If so, the Journalism & Women Symposium has an opportunity for you: we’re looking for about eight authors to sell and sign their books during our annual Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) Books & Browse cocktail hour on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 6 to 7 p.m.
Any attack on a newsroom or journalists, no matter the motive, is an attack on the free press and the public’s right to know. We stand in solidarity with the courageous staff of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland. The members of Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) mourn for the people killed or wounded, and we support the journalists covering the ongoing investigation.
Women media leaders have taken over the narrative in an unprecedented way this past year, from the #MeToo movement to “The Post.”
We will continue leading the conversation at the Journalism & Women Symposium’s annual Conference and Mentoring Program (CAMP) in Welches, Oregon, this fall where we will master new skills, make lasting connections and rejuvenate after another busy news year.
What’s kept you from becoming a mentor, or seeking out a mentor?
The cornerstone of JAWS is our mentoring program, which is open to all members. On May 23 at 7 PM EST/4 PM PST, we are offering a free webinar about the “Power of Mentoring,” where we will address your burning questions about the essentials for first-time mentors and mentees. Register here.
Want to learn how to track shootings by police in your community? Are you curious about how to go about investigating your local police department?
Join the Journalism and Women Symposium for our upcoming webinar hosted by Washington Post investigative reporter Kimbriell Kelly, who was part of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize-winning team for the Post’s series on fatal police shootings.
Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) is concerned about Sinclair Broadcast Group’s decision to require local news stations to present a “must-read” statement without revealing the compulsory nature of the announcement, which characterized other news outlets as being biased and pushing an agenda of fake news.
Amy, editor-in-chief of Reveal, will guide us in the aggressive, specific use of Freedom of Access laws to hold our public officials accountable. She will draw upon her expertise leading a team of editors, reporters and producers who produce unique in-depth national stories.
Victoria, General Counsel at Reveal, has worked for the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press on matters involving the intersection of technology and media law, access as well as privacy and government surveillance.
Each year the Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) brings fellows to our annual Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) for three days of training, networking and professional development.
“Everyone has been incredibly warm, welcoming, open and so willing to help and to share their stories.”
“This is a home I’d been looking for but didn’t realize I needed.”
“I think it provides that community your newsroom could be missing.”
Each year the Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) brings fellows to our annual Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) retreat for three days of training, networking and professional development. And the above quotes are just a few of the glowing things past fellows had to say about attending CAMP.
As 2017 comes to a close, I want to thank our members and staff for all their hard work.
Your grit and dedication paid off with a successful CAMP, where women of all ages and backgrounds came together in Hot Springs, Ark. to recognize, inspire and grow as women in journalism.
It isn’t just war zones where your life can be in danger.
The story of Kim Wall, a Swedish reporter brutally killed while working on a freelance story aboard a privately owned submarine, reminded foreign correspondents and freelancers working overseas that even in a relatively safe country, everyone is vulnerable.
Know the subject, never give up and, when the time comes, shut the hell up. These were some of the tips to on getting interviewees to pen up about difficult subjects like corruption, violence and identity.
Going viral on Facebook takes more than just a catchy headline or outrageous content. For journalists who want to feature serious subjects and highlight important discussions of the day, Facebook videos must be carefully tailored to grab and keep hold of the audience.
Being aware of your own biases is the first step in counteracting bias in your journalism, Jenée Desmond-Harris, op-ed editor at The New York Times based in Palo Alto, Calif. and Tonya Mosley, Silicon Valley correspondent and host for KQED in San Francisco, Calif. told CAMP 2017 participants.
Lucia Walinchus lead the Sunday morning reporter’s toolkit session, Big Scoops on a Small Budget: Investigative Reporting for Freelancers and Small Newsrooms at CAMP 2017. During her session, Walinchus, a freelance journalist, provided tips for finding and reporting investigative stories.
In her 20s, Karen Michel moved to an Eskimo village in Alaska to teach art. The transplanted New Yorker didn’t know a thing about producing radio. That didn’t stop her from applying for a job at a station in Fairbanks.
While Nikole Hannah-Jones may be one of the newest recipients of the MacArthur “genius grant” fellowship, the New York Times magazine investigative reporter has often been seen as a woman who is “not supposed to be here.”
Before you even think of tackling that book proposal, you need to ask yourself a lot of questions.
Two publishing experts, Jane Isay and Gail Ross, hosted “Your Path: So, You Want to Write a Book?” discussing book ideas, proposals and outlining the “table test”— a set of criteria for finding a book deal—at the Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) Conference and Mentoring Project in Hot Springs, Ark.
The quality of your relationships with co-workers keeps the engine of success running. This was the lesson delivered at the “Finding the Leader in You” workshop lead by Tara Puckey, Associate Executive Director at the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), at Journalism and Women Symposium’s 2017 Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP).
One question is on the mind of every journalist in 2017: Should I make a podcast?
“I bet you know what I’m going to tell you,” said Tara Anderson, producer and host of the podcast Five Things, from Louisville Public Media in Louisville, Ky.
Podcasts are the new blogs. Everyone from journalists to commentators to comedians wants one. With over 300,000 podcasts on iTunes, how do you make yours stand out from the crowd?
That was the premise of a day-long workshop on Oct. 27 to help Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) members figure out how to stand out in a crowded market. The workshop was led by Tara Anderson, host and producer of the “Five Things” podcast, in which she conducts interviews through a “show and tell” activity – asking guests to describe the objects that tell their stories.
Story and photo by Louise Dewast, 2017 JAWS Fellow
Trauma and resilience are two words that people forget are compatible. This wisdom is especially important for journalists to remember.
While everyone deals with negative emotions, as reporters in the field, many of us have experienced disturbing scenes or interviewed survivors of traumatic events. The after-effects of these encounters often leave us emotionally depleted. We find ourselves asking, “How do I cope and keep doing my job?”
For anyone who thinks managing social media in a newsroom simply entails tweeting or posting a story link on Facebook, think again. According to Renee Ernst, producer of social publishing at CNN, it means being a gatekeeper of breaking news with an extreme amount of responsibility.
The Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) organization, which advocates for and supports women journalists, condemns in strongest terms the apparent abuses of power and inappropriate, predatory and sexist behavior that are coming to light with developments such as NPR Senior Vice President of News Mike Oreskes’ resignation following accusations of sexual harassment.
Story by Chandra Bozelko, 2017 JAWS Fellow
After leading a plenary session, “Slow Thinking: Self-Audits and Superior Sources: A Toolbox for Counteracting Bias,” New York Times op-ed editor Jenée Desmond-Harris and KQED host Tonya Mosley led an Implicit Bias Training Debrief for approximately 25 attendees of Journalism and Women Symposium’s Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) in Hot Springs, Ark.
Speakers from the American Press Institute offered insight into the purpose and value of media analytics, along with a few platform suggestions, at the Journalism and Women Symposium’s annual conference on Sunday, Oct. 29. The “Metrics to Magnify Your Journalism” panel was led by Liz Worthington (director of content strategy), Amy Kovac-Ashley (senior newsroom learning program manager) and Katie Kutsko (assistant program manager).
By Lindsey Anderson, JAWS member
Bummed you can’t make it to Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) this year? You can still follow the goings-on in Hot Springs from afar.
Like all good journalists, dozens of attendees will be tweeting from each conference session. Check out the hashtag #jaws17 on social media for panel highlights and the low-down on the latest in journalism.
Get ready to bid!
The annual online auction for Journalism and Women Symposium is now open, giving you one week to bid on a California vacation, a leadership coaching session or a guided stroll in Central Park — all while raising money to support the mentoring, training and support provided by Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS).
Over and over, Rita Henley Jensen‘s friends and colleagues describe her as “a force.” They call her formidable and extraordinary. Jensen used those strengths to fight her way out of poverty and into an award-winning career in journalism, working all the while to amplify women’s voices and advocate for their health and welfare.
by Jennifer Oldham, JAWS member
Sometimes I miss the newsroom.
Not the balding septuagenarian who alternated between snoring, cursing at sources and trying to pick up thirty-somethings as they walked by. Nor the editor who shouted instructions to reporters on deadline. And certainly not the mice that periodically appeared unannounced under our desks.
But the adrenaline-fueled story meetings to map out how to cover breaking news, the understanding ear of a fellow writer and the shared satisfaction of a published byline are routinely lacking in my home office.
By Kira Zalan, JAWS member
Why does the Arlington Hotel in Hot Springs, Arkansas have an Al Capone suite? Because the legendary gangster loved staying at the charming property and often rented the entire fourth floor. Legend has it he preferred direct access to the bath house, a clear view of the club across the street (now a museum), and the hidden exits in case of a raid.
One of the joys of traveling to different destinations every year for Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) is the chance to try a variety of cuisines. In addition to breakfasts, lunches and dinners at The Arlington Hotel Resort & Spa, Hot Springs offers plenty of dining spots to enjoy.
We have a multi-talented group of women authors who’ve agreed to bring copies of their latest published work to CAMP to share with our attendees at Books & Browse Saturday night (Oct. 28).
Take a look at our list of featured authors and come prepared talk shop over a glass of wine—and purchase a book or two!
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.
By Katherine Rowlands, JAWS member
One of our most successful and fun fundraising efforts for JAWS is the online auction, which will give you the chance to bid during the month of October on a vacation in California, a painting for your office or expert training in career-building skills.
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.
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.
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.
By Julia Airey, JAWS member
The 2017 Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) is fast approaching! And that means, for those of you who haven’t attended one before, it’s time to start thinking ideas for the onsite auction!
For the past five years, CAMP has hosted an onsite and online auction to raise money to help cover JAWS CAMP programming. Last year the onsite auction raised almost $4,000 last year and we are confident we can do even better this October. And the best part? While luxury items like watches and vacation trips bid well, so do handicrafts and clothing – so everyone has a shot at contributing!
Hot Springs, Ark., promises to offer fun for all types of travelers. Visitors can enjoy the outdoors, shopping, spa treatments among other diversions. Here are a few items to put on your list to check out.
A young journalist who covered the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub last year and played a big part in the team that has continued to examine the attack. A magazine editor looking into launching a podcast about women, writing, working, and persisting in their 20s. A veteran reporter who has focused on highlighting first-generation and non-traditional college students as well as transgender Americans living in Texas. These are just a few of the inspiring women who have recognized as 2017 JAWS fellows and will be attending the Conference and Mentoring Project in Hot Springs, Ark., in October.
Are you an author who is looking to share your recently published book with friends and colleagues from around the country? If so, we’d love to showcase your work at the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) in Hot Springs!
We’re looking for eight authors to feature at Books and Browse this year. The event is one of the highlights of our conference where attendees can buy books, meet with authors and chat with them about their work. It’s scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 28, from 6 to 7 p.m. at The Arlington Resort Hotel and Spa.
CAMP 2017 is just a few months away and we encourage you to look in to travel and hotel options as early as possible to save money. The conference will be held Oct. 27 to 29 at The Arlington Resort Hotel and Spa, which is located at 239 Central Ave. in Hot Springs, Ark. Hotel amenities include free wi-fi, complimentary parking, a fitness room, year-round twin outdoor pools and hot tub, entertainment in the hotel lobby Thursday to Saturday nights, and a prime location in the Historic District across from Hot Springs National Park.
Are you still on the fence about attending this year’s Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) in Hot Springs, Ark.? We have great programming and speakers planned for this year’s conference. There are also tons of fun activities, awesome sights and sounds, and good eats to explore in the area.
We don’t want you to miss out on the opportunity to learn, participate in mentoring and networking, and recharge in a beautiful setting – here are some participants from last year’s CAMP on why CAMP is like no other conference.
We’re very excited to announce that television news anchor Maureen Bunyan has agreed to be the Fran Lewine interviewee at CAMP this October!
Maureen Bunyan is a 44-year veteran of television news who anchored the 6 o’clock weeknight newscasts for ABC7/WJLA-TV from 1999 to 2017.
She is known as a leader in the newsroom and an advocate for women and minorities in journalism. She is a founder of the International Women’s Media Foundation which serves women in the media in 100 countries. She is also a founder of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), where she was inducted into the NABJ Hall of Fame in January of 201
By 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.
The Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) is honored to announce Deb Haaland, U.S. Secretary of the Interior, as its inaugural Big Idea Speaker at its annual conference in October. Secretary […]
The six fellows, announced in January, are freelance journalists and journalists employed at news agencies in the United States. Their fellowship includes a reporting grant to cover project-related time and expenses along with ongoing mentoring from two experienced health journalists: Naseem Miller, senior health reporter with The Journalists Resource; and Margarita Birnbaum, independent journalist and core topic leader for health equity at the Association of Health Care Journalists.
By Michele Weldon Four amazing and critically acclaimed nonfiction authors with new books earning rave reviews nationally will dazzle the audience as panelists at the annual Books & Browse event […]
JAWS President Jenn Kho Dear JAWdesses, It’s spring, a time of renewal and fresh starts, and a fitting season to welcome Molly Schar, our new executive director, who started April 11. […]
By Susy Schultz Talking to Deborah Douglas in late April, the veteran journalist talked about one type of journalism. “For me, Solutions Journalism is the missing piece of the inclusion puzzle that […]
Long-time JAWS member, award-winning journalist, author, academic and advocate for ethical public journalism, Alicia (Lisa) Shepard, 69, died April 1 from complications of lung cancer a few weeks shy of her 70th birthday.
By: Cirien Saadeh, JAWS board member As we continue our celebration of International Women’s Month, this week, JAWS honors Gwen Ifill, pioneering Black woman journalist. When Ifill died at 61 […]