Category Archives: Training and Mentorship

The cornerstone of JAWS’ work is training and mentorship. Often this takes place at our annual Conference and Mentorship Program (CAMP) gathering, but we also strive to provide opportunities for members to connect through regional gatherings and trainings. In addition, we also work to partner up mentors who wish to share their experience and expertise with mentees who seek to grow, advance and lead. We call this symbiosis, as mentoring is often a two-way exchange.

CAMP 2017: Reporting around the globe

Story by Christal Hayes, 2017 JAWS Fellow | Photo by Erica Yoon, CAMP photographer

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.

CAMP 2017: How to go viral with videos

Story by Lauren McGaughy, 2017 JAWS Fellow | Photo by Erica Yoon, CAMP photographer

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.

CAMP 2017: Building a toolbox to counteract bias

Story by Louise Dewast, 2017 JAWS Fellow | Photo by Erica Yoon, CAMP photographer

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.

CAMP 2017: Big scoops on a small budget

Story by Lisa Thomson, 2017 JAWS Fellow | Photo by Erica Yoon, CAMP photographer

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.

CAMP 2017: Nikole Hannah-Jones on women who are ‘not supposed to be here’

Story by Nesima Aberra, 2017 JAWS Fellow | Photo by Erica Yoon, CAMP photographer

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.”

CAMP 2017: Advice for aspiring authors

Story by Corinne Boyer, 2017 JAWS Fellow | Photo by Erica Yoon, CAMP photographer

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.

CAMP 2017: Finding the leader in you

Story by Lauren McGaughy and Louise Dewast, 2017 JAWS Fellow | Photo by Louise Dewast

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).

CAMP 2017: 6 questions to ask before podcasting (plus 7 you should be listening to)

Story by Amanda Woytus, 2017 JAWS Fellow | Photo by Erica Yoon, CAMP photographer

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.

CAMP 2017: Cracking the podcast code

Story by Yael Even Or, 2017 JAWS Fellow | Photo by Erica Yoon, CAMP photographer

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.