CAMP 2017 in Hot Springs, Ark. started on Friday, Oct. 27, with podcasting and leadership workshops, CAMP 101 and welcoming this year’s class of fellows, and the cherished traditions of 10-second introductions and the Friday Night Welcome Party. Relive the experience in this highlight reel with photos by Erica Yoon.
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).
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.
Amelia Brust is editor at Community Impact Newspaper, Katy 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.
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.