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Sept. 23, 2016
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*Lily Casura is pleased to have won the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) “Outstanding Student of the Year” for the state of Texas.

*Blackstone Audio has released the audio book of Sharon Glassman’s “Lazy Person's Book Club” novel with songs.

*Rita Henley Jensen’s newest online foray, Jane Crow Project, will cover the toxic, even fatal, effects of racial and gender bias on African-American women.

*Amy Lieu launched a talk show on her channel called #AmyLieuPresents to empower women with an Asian-American perspective.

*Jane Meacham collaborated with four academics to write slides and scripts for an online course on corporate sustainability to be offered soon to university business students in the Russian Federation by IREX.
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Board member blog post: Don’t miss out on CAMP

By Justine Griffin, JAWS Board Member

Can you believe the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) is already next month?

A lot of work has gone on behind the scenes at the Journalism and Women Symposium to put together the programming for CAMP.

Read more here.

CAMP mentoring benefits everyone

By Liz Seegert, JAWS Board Member and Mentoring Committee Co-chair

It wouldn’t be CAMP without mentoring. (It would be CAP, which doesn’t make much sense.)
Mentoring is at the heart of what JAWS is about. We share our experiences, learn from one another, offer a helping hand, a ready shoulder or a pat on the back to those on their way up the journalism ladder. Those who have “been there, done that” reach across all age and experience levels to pay it forward. Mentoring helps to boost our value and self-worth as professionals and as women.
Other conferences don’t set aside this kind of dedicated one-on-one time for journalists at every level to brainstorm with experienced colleagues about specific personal or professional challenges. The women of JAWS understand what it’s like trying to balance crazy work hours and caring for young kids. They get what it means to pick up and move across the country — or the world — when you don’t know a soul in your new town. (Hint: if there’s a JAWS member there, you have an instant network!). They know how it feels when you’ve been sexually harassed by a supervisor or find out that a less experienced male coworker is paid more.

Join us for these important conversations at CAMP.

Call for survey responses

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. Please take a pre-session survey ahead of CAMP to help API inform the discussion.

Members from API will use data collected from JAWS members in this survey during their session at CAMP. But you don’t have to be going to CAMP to contribute to the results. The questions apply to all journalists.

President’s Letter: New partnerships

By Sandra Fish, JAWS President

Journalism and Women Symposium is looking for ways to partner with other journalism organizations to provide our members with other opportunities.

One example of that is our recent partnership with the National Society of Newspaper Columnists.

JAWS also has signed on to a recent letter to the White House vowing to fight for more transparency. And we’re also partnering with Society of Professional Journalists Open Our Gov campaign.

Read more in news release about NSNC partnership.

In memoriam: Carole Kay

JAWS member Carole Ashkenazi Kay, a pioneering journalist who served as the first woman on the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s editorial board, died of cancer Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, in hospice in Atlanta. She was 71.

Read more here.

Oct. 3 social media webinar

“Social Media for Journalists”

Join JAWS for a social media webinar with Lisa Rossi, storytelling coach at The Des Moines Register. In her current role, Rossi pushes for innovative storytelling methods across the newsroom and provides oversight on their completion. She also takes a leading role in newsroom training efforts, many of them focused on how to tell meaningful stories and build communities on social media, with a focus on developing a digital-first mentality.

Sign up for the webinar here.

Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) and Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism diversity initiative

The Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) and the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University invite you to apply for a $9,000 grant and a fellowship providing research assistance and other editorial support. They will select four proposals designed to investigate significant systemic or social justice issues. Applications from women and journalists of color based in the U.S. and working in any type of media — print, audio, video, online — will be considered. Apply by Oct. 1.

Last call: Discounted alternate hotel rate ends Sept. 27

Hotel Roanoke is the host hotel for CAMP 2016 and the room block at the Hotel Roanoke is full. We have secured rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn, about five miles from the Hotel Roanoke. The room rate is $159 per night for a single or double. You can book these rooms by calling 540-776-3400 or online at Please reference JAWS when making your reservations.
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