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Conference And Mentoring Program (CAMP)

JAWS CAMPonDemand 2021 Registration  – Prices Go Up Sept. 25

Be sure to register for this year’s JAWS CAMP before early-bird pricing ends!

CAMP this year is Oct. 15-17. #CAMPonDemand2021 — Re-EMERGING and Reimagining will be online and on-demand, bringing us together to share, discuss, laugh, listen and learn.

Early-bird pricing is $79 for JAWS members and $99 for non-members. Prices increase to $99 for members and $120 for non-members Sept. 25.


Register here for #CAMPonDemand2021


At JAWS CAMP 2021, you can expect to find inspiring speakers; educational opportunities for whatever stage of your career; networking and social time for having meaningful conversations, laughing, making friends and experiencing the importance of what we all do as journalists, as women and as human beings.


Our fabulous keynote speakers include Deborah Douglas and Amber Payne, co-editors-in-chief of The Emancipator, which reimagines an abolitionist news outlet for a new day, and Melody Spann Cooper, chairman and CEO of Chicago’s Midway Broadcasting Corporation, owner of the oldest Black-oriented radio station in the city.


Panels will explore misinformation, disinformation and conspiracy theories; newsroom leaders, racial inequities and DEI action; climate change embedded into beats; health inequity, online harassment and more. Find training to further your career: freelance editing; SPJ’s Google News Initiative and Facebook for Journalists; career pivots for all ages and career pivots after 60; overseas reporting – and, yes, more! 


Jump into a virtual studio to get tips on profile building, styling and mental health; join a social hour geared toward your interests; get your heart pumping and your muscles stretched with Jazzercise and yoga.


Longtime CAMP tradition Books & Browse will have two sessions this year, each with a panel of JAWS authors who published books in the past year. They’ll offer readings and Q&As online.

Let’s meet up at #CAMPonDemand2021! Reach out to with any questions.



Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) Committee announces two keynote speakers

The first two keynote speakers for CAMP 2021 have been scheduled – and you won’t want to miss them at this year’s online and on-demand conference.

Melody Spann Cooper is chairman and CEO of Chicago’s Midway Broadcasting Corporation, a media boutique whose properties include radio and interactive platforms.
Cooper purchased the company’s controlling interest in 1999. Midway Broadcasting properties include WVON 1690AM, the oldest Black-oriented radio station in Chicago. 
Former JAWS President Susy Schultz will interview Cooper and talk about her new book, a semi-autobiographical novel titled “The Girlfriend’s Guide to Closing the Deal.”Cooper’s story will be featured in a new exhibit at the Museum of Broadcast Communications, Riding the Wave: A. Century of Radio. Schultz is executive director of the museum.


JAWS’ own Deborah Douglas will keynote as well. An interviewer hasn’t been chosen as of publication. Douglas, former JAWS treasurer, is the new co-editor in chief of The Emancipator, where she is reimagining an abolitionist news outlet for a new day. 

Formerly the Eugene S. Pulliam Distinguished Visiting Professor of Journalism at DePauw University, she has served as senior leader with The OpEd Project, amplifying underrepresented expert voices in the public conversation. 

Douglas is author of “Moon U.S.  Civil Rights TrailA Traveler’s Guide to the People, Places, and Events That Made the Movement.” (Moon Travel, 2021), and a contributor to the New York Times bestselling “Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019.” (Random House, 2021).The CAMP committee has received many terrific suggestions for sessions and will have more to say on that in the next newsletter later this month. If you want to get involved with CAMP, please write to

Apply for an Alice Dunnigan Stipend

to attend JAWS CAMP 2021

Women journalists who work in small markets providing local news and/or who cover underrepresented communities may apply for a full-registration stipend to participate in CAMP.The stipends, which honor the work of pioneering Black journalist Alice Allison Dunnigan, are available for women not currently JAWS members but who are interested in the organization’s unique professional development, networking, and inspirational opportunities.

To apply, please complete and file this form by Sept. 20. Recipients will be notified by Oct. 1 with directions to register. Send your questions to Legacy Fund underwrites special JAWS projects, speakers and events that advance inclusive journalism education and leadership. Donate to further its mission.


This year’s CAMP Committee

Current CAMP committee members:

Co-chairs: Barbara Selvin, Mira Lowe

Andrea Shalal

Lisa Shepard

E.J. Graff

Eloiza Altoro

Tanya Gazdik

J. Kyle Foster

Linda Jue, ex officio


Couldn’t make it to last year’s CAMP?

Register here for On-Demand access and watch all of the sessions at your own convenience:

Tickets cost $50 and once you have registered you will have access to all of the #CAMPonDEMAND resources until December 2021.

Watch sessions from award-winning journalist and philanthropist Soledad O’Brien, The 19th* founders Amanda Zamora and Errin Haines, Outlier Media Founder Sarah Alvarez, and Senior Vice President of DEI, NBCU News Group Yvette Miley. You’ll also have access to all of the conference panels, including discussions on the future of journalism, diversity, equity and inclusion and journalistic responses to the events of 2020.


We couldn’t hold this conference without

support from sponsors

If you are interested in sponsoring, please view the JAWS Sponsorship Prospectus

Complete this form after choosing a sponsorship level or for more information and to talk to a human, contact Interim Executive Director Eloiza Altoro at or (414) 333-6716.

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