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CAMP 2017: Nikole Hannah-Jones, Lynn Sweet to keynote

By Marina Villeneuve, CAMP co-chair

This year at the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP), we’re celebrating the act of veering off the beaten path and speaking truth to power.

And in that vein, we are so excited to announce our two keynote speakers: Nikole Hannah-Jones, a domestic correspondent for The New York Times Magazine focusing on racial injustice, and Lynn Sweet, a columnist and Washington Bureau Chief at the Chicago Sun-Times.

CAMP 2017: First set of conference programming, featuring reporter’s toolkit and career building

By Lindsey Anderson, CAMP co-chair

Registration for CAMP 2017 is in full swing – and a slate of engaging and enlightening sessions is already lined up.

Sessions this year are organized around three themes:

Going Deep: Focused on specific reporting topics to build your expertise
Your Path: How to navigate career hurdles and find opportunities to advance
Reporter’s Toolkit: Concrete tips and tools to help you hone your trade

Here is a preview of some sessions.

CAMP 2017: Register for pre-conference workshops on podcasting and leadership

By Roxanne Foster, JAWS operations director

You asked, we delivered: we have two exciting pre-conference workshops planned on podcasting and leadership skills.

In 2013, men hosted 70 percent of the 100 most popular podcasts in the world (Bitch Magazine) and the number of women leaders and employees has remained stubbornly flat since the nineties (ASNE).

All you trailblazers out there working to reverse those stats, these are for you.

Sign up for Personal Digital Archiving for Journalists on June 9

Have you ever had a file crash or become unreadable? Have you ever lost published content when an online magazine you worked for went bust? If so, you’ve learned a hard truth about digital information: it’s easy to copy and easy to share, but it can be frustratingly hard to save. Digital files become corrupted; storage media become obsolete. Tight budgets at most publications mean that there are few resources to allocate towards formal preservation programs. Yet all the work journalists produce on a daily basis–from our reporting to our finished articles–continues to be valuable long after deadline and should be saved.

Registration now open for the Manage Yourself, Lead Others JAWS Leadership Workshop

In case you haven’t heard, we have two leadership workshops planned for 2017 – one in the Bay Area (June 24) and one in New York (July 28). Jill Geisler and her team of veteran media leaders will share their collective wisdom, as well as offer personalized coaching throughout the one-day, interactive training. If you’ve been thinking about attending but haven’t registered for one in your area, now’s the time to do so. There are a limited number of seats at the table and we’ve started sharing the news about them far and wide. Don’t wait because we’d love to see you there!

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!

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.

Honoring Betsy Wade

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Congratulations to Betsy Wade, a journalism hero.

This JAWS pioneer was given a lifetime achievement award on Nov. 16 by the Society of the Silurians, an organization of veteran journalists in New York. Many JAWS members were present to honor her.

What a life of service to the profession Betsy has led. Her achievements have benefited journalists throughout the country by leading the way in making it possible for women to be hired in greater numbers in the nation’s newsrooms. In 1974, she was the lead plaintiff in a class action suit filed by women at The New York Times, where she had been hired in 1956 as the paper’s first woman copy editor in the paper’s 105-year history.

CAMP 2016: Time for a tech tuneup

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By Liz Seegert and Stephanie Yamkovenko, CAMP tech training organizers | Photo by Viktor Hanacek

Are you a newbie when it comes to Google Tools? Do you know a tweet from an Instagram? Or are you a savvy social media user who wants to take your game to the next level? Then our CAMP Tech Training sessions are for you!

We’re doing things a little differently this year, with more focused workshops that fit in to the rest of the CAMP schedule. We are coordinating three sessions that run the gamut from Twitter 101 to livestreaming to optimizing your workflow through Google.

Journalism and Women Symposium partners with news columnists

DENVER – Journalism and Women Symposium and the National Society of Newspaper Columnists are creating a partnership to share and promote their conferences and work.

JAWS’ mission is to support “the professional empowerment and personal growth of women in journalism” and to work “toward a more accurate portrayal of the whole society.” What started as a small group of female journalists in the 1980s has grown into a thriving nonprofit organization of more than 800 women journalists.

CAMP 2016: Why attend CAMP

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By Casey Hynes, JAWS Regional Captain

When I came to the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) as an Emerging Journalist fellow last year, I was excited but also nervous and intimidated. Sure, I had seen the newsletters promising that the Conference and Mentoring Project isn’t your average conference (something I might have guessed when I read that everyone should come wearing their favorite big earrings). But I was still unsure of how I’d fit in or if I belonged among this talented group of women.

CAMP — and JAWS more broadly — exceeded my every hope and expectation. From the moment I arrived, every JAWdess I met was warm and welcoming. Journalists whose work I admired were willing to chat about career strategies and story ideas. The outpourings of support and advice were incredible. All of the keynotes and breakout sessions were led by smart, experienced women, and the sense of sisterhood was palpable. It didn’t matter if we were talking shop over cocktails or sharing our encounters with sexism. There was a constant air of camaraderie and understanding.

CAMP 2016: Sharing is caring

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By Marina Villeneuve, JAWS CAMP co-chair

Sharing is caring — and it’s no different at CAMP.

Whether it’s a pen during a workshop, coffees before early morning sessions or a tasty meal at a nearby diner, the annual Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) is a time when things are freely shared.

We especially love sharing rides and hotel rooms. A list is available for those looking for a ride or a roomie, or for those with a room or car to share.

JAWS attends UNITY Caucus

Journalism & Women Symposium logoBy Lottie Joiner, Washington, D.C. co-regional captain

In June, JAWS attended the third annual UNITY Diversity Caucus. UNITY Journalists for Diversity advocates fair and accurate coverage of diverse communities including race, nationality, ethnicity, gender identity and sexual orientation. The organization also encourages media outlets to hire staff who reflect the country’s diversity.

Representatives from more than a dozen media outlets and organizations including NPR, the Online News Association, McClatchy, Nieman Journalism Lab, USA Today Network, Fund for Investigative Journalism, The Washington Post, Maynard Institute and CNN attended the Caucus session, held June 17 at American University in Washington, D.C.