By Jessica Langlois, JAWS Southern California Co-Captain
I just registered for the 2016 JAWS Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP), which will be held in Roanoke, Va., Oct. 28 to 30 – and I hope you will do the same! You can check out the schedule and register here.
Here’s why CAMP matters.
My first JAWS CAMP was in 2012 in Albuquerque, N.M., and I can trace so many milestones in my career back to that weekend.
By Georgia Dawkins, JAWS Board Member
Two years ago, more than 200 women welcomed me and the other 2014 fellows into this sisterhood.
The experience began before we ever arrived in Palm Springs, California. For some of us, it started before we got accepted into the fellowship program.
The women of Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) were already raising money for our travel, lodging and training. Before we could ask our family and friends for financial assistance, hundreds of women we’d never met were already investing in our future. This year, 13 women will get the chance to experience the sisterhood that we can’t do without.
This workshop will provide participants with key leadership skills to help themselves and others succeed in today’s media environment, prepare existing and emerging leaders to step up in their organizations, and improve journalism and media organizations through effective leadership.
The Journalism and Women Symposium was a co-organizer of the third annual Washington, D.C., Journalism Job Fair held March 19 and hosted by the Georgetown University’s Master’s in Journalism Program. JAWS D.C. regional co-captains Lottie Joiner and Lisa Gillespie served on the host committee along with members of the Washington, D.C., chapters of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the Asian American Journalists Association, the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Washington Association of Black Journalists.
More than 200 job seekers met with recruiters from 21 major media outlets including The Washington Post, Politico, CNN, Gannett/USA Today Network, U.S. News and World Report, Associated Press and Vox. The event attracted a wide range of attendees — from those still in school to experienced journalists.
Following up on a successful faculty training at Morgan State University, a team including Michelle Johnson of Boston University, freelancer April Bailey and Susy Schultz of Columbia College trained a group of 10 students on Feb. 3-4.
JAWS wants to reach out to our sisters in other journalism organizations to spread the word about our group and look for ways to partner. If you plan to attend a journalism conference, please email JAWS development director Kat Rowlands so she can arm you with cards, pins and information and perhaps coordinate a JAWdess gathering.
Thanks to everyone who has already donated to Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) in 2015, we are close to meeting our goal to raise $60,000 for our 30th Anniversary Annual Fund. If you are still making year-end charitable donations, please include JAWS, which is growing to meet the needs of women in journalism with training, year-round mentoring, regular events in our regional hubs and our annual CAMP. Here’s how to make your tax-deductible donation with just a click so that we can continue to provide great programming and support in the year ahead.
Know that your donation will aid our mission in supporting the professional empowerment and personal growth of women in journalism and works toward a more accurate portrayal of the whole society.
Please send us links to no more than two things that you are most proud. We’ll collect everyone’s nominations and distribute them in the December newsletter, as well as on jaws.org.
JAWS Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) 2016 needs a program that rockets newswomen into the future, and the board is turning to the sharpest minds anywhere for suggestions — you.
Is there a panel or speaker who will give us all the mental or emotional boost we need? Please let us know.