The road through journalism is not a straight one, and that’s evident, based on Danyel Smith’s path. Her trajectory — through hip-hop criticism, fiction and now sports reporting — celebrates nonlinear careers.
Story by Justine Griffin, JAWS CAMP co-chair
This panel of veteran political and campaign reporters discussed what journalists can take away from the historic 2016 elections from the presidential level on down. It’s been an unusual — at best — year for reporters on the campaign trail, and the panelists discussed more than war stories.
Story and photos by Emily Wilkins, 2016 JAW Fellow
Every Monday in a small-town library in Maine, Kathy Bonk meets with about 30 women to discuss how to finally ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.
“There’s a renewed effort for an equal rights amendment right now, 40 years later,” she told a crowd of about 200 women at JAWS, the Journalism and Women Symposium. “It’s happening all over.”
Don’t settle for just quoting the local sheriff on overtime pay. Explore all the data yourself and ask your own questions. That’s what MaryJo Webster did as a data editor at The Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Being a freelancer has its perks: There is no better feeling than being able to control your own work schedule and pay on your own time. But it also has its downsides: You have to find ways to earn a constant stream of income or battle between following your passion and paying those bills on time.
Research released in April by the American Press Institute (API) shows just 6 percent of people say they have a “great deal of confidence” in the press. In a plenary session at CAMP, API will talk about some ideas on how to improve trust in media. API wants to see how your thoughts on trust and media compare to the results of our recent survey of media consumers.
CAMP is a time to build career skills, enrich the spirit and relax with colleagues. We also schedule ample free time for CAMPers to explore the area, mentor each other and catch up with old friends. We’re excited to see you this week, here’s a list of items you can consider bringing with you to Roanoke. Leave the cocktail dresses and power suits at home, and get ready for a relaxing weekend.
We’re excited to see you at the annual Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) in Roanoke this year! Here are a few helpful answers to some of the most Frequently Asked Questions. See you soon!
By Joanne Bamberger, Books & Browse Coordinator
Are you ready for the big “Books & Browse” event at this year’s conference in Roanoke? Every year at the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP), JAWS provides the opportunity for members to mingle with our member authors and purchase some of the great books they’ve published.
This year’s Books & Browse session will be held on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 6 to 7 p.m. And this isn’t just an opportunity to support our authors; it’s also a chance to help support JAWS, as many of the authors have agreed to donate a portion of their proceeds for JAWS’ ongoing programs.
By Sarah Shemkus, JAWS communications co-chair
I will be easy to spot at the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) this year. I will be the one toting around an adorable (I know, I know — that’s not exactly proper journalistic objectivity) baby girl in a JAWS onesie. And I will almost certainly not be the only mother there managing child care while taking advantage of all the sessions, talks and networking CAMP has to offer; over the years I have seen fellow CAMPers making the rounds with infants, toddlers and even teens.
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.
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.
By Pam Moreland, JAWS Board Member
With fewer than 100 days before CAMP 2016, it is time to get serious about donations to the Online and Onsite Auctions.
We need your help to make this year’s auctions successful. After all, money raised by the auctions will help to underwrite JAWS programs.
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.