Presidentâ€™s Letter: Top reasons to attend CAMP
This month I attended Georgetownâ€™s commencement and had the honor of hooding our journalism graduate students. It didnâ€™t take long. Not many journalism degrees were handed out in comparison with degrees in public relations, sports management, real estate and other fields where job prospects are more secure.
Thatâ€™s why I am so impressed with the passion and dedication of those students who choose to follow careers in journalism. And I was pleased to see several JAWS members among this yearâ€™s grads (shout out to Brittany Bremer, Heather Curtis and Julie Gilkison. Also Nicole Lewis, in absentia).
It is my hope that the JAWS network will be there for them and for all of us at every stage in our careers to provide support, resources and perhaps most importantly friendship. Itâ€™s the friendships we develop in newsrooms and through our JAWS networks that help us celebrate the highs when we produce great work, get promotions and new gigs. And these are the friends that help us get through the layoffs, the spiked stories and the newsroom dramas. Weâ€™ve celebrated steps big and small, and we hope to commemorate 30 years of JAWS history with a modest cookbook â€“ a collection of your stories and recipes. Consider it a keepsake, a smorgasbord of inspiration, maybe even a fundraising tool.
Thereâ€™s no better place to enjoy longtime friends and make new ones than CAMP. Start planning now to join JAWS in Montana. And start lobbying now to get your employer to help cover costs. After all, youâ€™re journalists. You are masters of the art of persuasion. Turn those powers on your newsroom supervisor. JAWS Development Director Kat Rowlands has compiled talking points to help both full-time reporters and independent journalists hone their pitches for CAMP. Fewer outlets cover costs than in decades past, but you donâ€™t know until you ask. If you successfully persuaded your employer to help pay for CAMP, please share any additional tips.
Hereâ€™s another great reason to come to CAMP â€“ to meet the awesome JAWS staff.
Roxanne Foster, our new operations director. Many of you already met her at La Quinta last year or at another CAMP in 2012 or 2013, or youâ€™ve received one of her warm welcoming notes to new members, or youâ€™ve been in touch with her more recently for help. Check out her weekly office hours and take a moment to call and introduce yourself.
Kat Rowlands, our development director who works tirelessly to seek support for JAWS.
Connie Ho, our web manager who pulls together this newsletter each month along with keeping jaws.org updated and fresh and who helps to solve and anticipate all our online needs.
Ankita Rao, social media manager who is working with the Communications Committee (thanks Stacy-Marie Ishmael and others) to engage JAWS strategically in the wider world.
Linda Kramer Jenning
Operations Director Corner: Office hours and listserv
By Roxanne Foster, JAWS Operations Director
To the amazing women of JAWS:
Thank you for your kind notes and warm welcome! When I attended my first Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) in 2012, I remember being in awe of the caliber of women who were part of this organization. Over the past three years, many of these same women have played an invaluable part in helping me figure out how to forge my own path in the journalism world. For this reason (and so many more), I count it a privilege to do my part as the new operations director in furthering the mission of JAWS: supporting the professional empowerment and personal growth of women in journalism and working toward a more accurate portrayal of the whole society.
Since Jan.1, weâ€™ve welcomed 132 new members into JAWS â€“ 46 in the last month alone. Many of these women express a deep desire to make personal and professional connections with like-minded women, and have heard from friends and colleagues that JAWS is a great place to do so.
So please join me in welcoming these newest members:
Steffanie Riess (@steffiriess)
Natalia Oberti Noguera (@nakisnakis)
Fernanda Santos (@fernandaNYT)
Karen Lundegaard (@klundegaard)
Sonya Ross (@sonyagal)
Heather McCracken (@HeatherKMcC)
Emily Showers (@NoelTheFrost)
Sara Gaiser (@akrazia)
Lourdes Medrano (@lourdes_medrano)
Brooke Van Dam (@brookevandam)
Bonita Burton (@bburton)
Emily Guerin (@guerinemily)
Carol Hasson (@Carolhasson2)
Jackie Snow (@jackiesnow)
Hoda Emam (@Hoda_Emam)
Tracey Taylor (@tktaylor)
Adrienne Gibbs (@adriennewrites)
Joanna Broder (@jbroder)
Ruqaiyah Najjar (@ruqaiyahn)
Lauren Santa Cruz (@LSCMedia)
Stephanie Forshee (@InOtherNewsNow)
Lucia De Stefani (@luciasdestefani)
Jane Gross (@janegross)
Jessica Estepa (@jmestepa)
Emily Mibach (@emmibach)
Stephanie Gailhard (@stephifox9)
Alejandra Cancino (@WriterAlejandra)
Cathy Shaw (@ceshaw)
Gina Yu (@yulogies)
Betsy Teutsch (@BetsyTeutsch)
Tanya Ballard Brown (@TdoubleB)
Anne Machalinski (@anniemach)
Lorrie Reyes (@Lorrie_Reyes)
Elina Shatkin (@elinashatkin)
Jillian Beck (@Jillian_Beck)
Beatrice Motamedi (@GSSVoices, @writergirl)
Jackie Jones (@CoachingJones)
Showwei Chu (@showweichu)
Lisa Loving (@lisaloving)
Annamarya Scaccia (@annamarya_s)
Mandi Woodruff (@mandiwoodruff)
Dorine Bethea (@dorinebethealnp)
Also, to ensure that our records are as current as possible, starting June 1, we will be updating the membership database and removing members who arenâ€™t up to date on their dues. Those members will also lose access to the national listserv and other benefits.
If your membership is past due, please renew! Youâ€™re an important part of the JAWS network and weâ€™d like to keep you connected. If you have questions or concerns about JAWS, please feel free to call (720-722-3569) or email. My office hours are Tuesday and Thursday, noon to 4 p.m., MT. I look forward to interacting with you all and I hope to meet more of you face to face at CAMP!
Discount airfares to JAWS 2015 CAMP
Getting to the Big Sky Country in Whitefish, Mont., for JAWS CAMP (Conference and Mentoring Project) shouldnâ€™t take big bucks. Thatâ€™s why JAWS has partnered with the three major airlines to offer conference participants airfare discounts.
Alaska, Delta and United airlines have all agreed to knock off 5 to 13 percent on reservations to Glacier Park International Airport in Kalispell. Thatâ€™s the closest airport to Whitefish and the Grouse Mountain Lodge.
The Lodge will have free shuttles at the airport to take us to our conference headquarters. There are also rental car desks at the airport.
Spouses, kids, anyone who is heading to Whitefish to participate in the 30th anniversary CAMP can use the discount codes when making reservations.
Planning to arrive early or want to stay after CAMP? No problem. Each of the airlines has agreed to an expanded window for discounted travel.
Each airline has its own rules and booking procedures, so please carefully read the instructions below.
See you at CAMP! I can hardly wait.
Read more here.
Board member blog post: Why not journalism?
Joy Shioshita investigated the illegal incarceration of minors in mental health facilities. Her reporting efforts changed a law in California to give teens with mental health problems the right of due process before a panel of physicians.
Joy is a librarian in Berkeley, Calif.
Josie Valderrama wrote a compelling story about the L.A. Police Departmentâ€™s abuse of 30 black and Hispanic teenagers playing ball in a suburban neighborhood park. Her reporting resulted in a $200,000 settlement for the teens.
Josie is finishing her Ph.D. in psychology.
Minerva Chavez was a student activist and political reporter for L.A. Youth for four years.
Minerva now has a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin and teaches education reform at a Southern California college.
In my time at L.A. Youth, I trained hundreds of young women like the three described above. But few pursued journalism after high school. Those who launched journalism careers after college left after three to four years and transitioned to education, public policy or social services.
Why not journalism?
I joined JAWS in part to find the answer to my question.
Read more here.
Get ready for the JAWS auction
For some JAWS members, itâ€™s never too early to start talking about the annual JAWS Auction.
For so many of us, the jewelry, the accessories, the notebooks or the week spent in a condo in Cabo is more than something won at the auction. It is an ever-present reminder and connection to JAWS and the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP).
Money from the auction goes to the JAWS general fund and helps to underwrite JAWS operations. Itâ€™s a fun way to donate to JAWS.
There is an online auction that launches before the start of CAMP and closes during the annual conference. Here you can bid for stays at vacation homes and big-ticket items.
A silent auction during CAMP features everything from silver bracelets to media company SWAG. You can bid on items ranging from date night dinners in your city to one-on-one personal coaching sessions from members of the JAWS board.
Since this is the 30th anniversary, we will be asking you to donate JAWS memorabilia.
And yes, there will be a live auction, complete with an auctioneer, during the Saturday night dinner.
What can you do right now to help? If you have a vacation rental or want to donate a weekend in your urban condo or apartment, shoot an email to Pamela Moreland, chair of the Development Committee, or JAWS Development Director Kat Rowlands.
Remember, when the going gets tough, JAWS members go shopping at the #JAWS2015Auction.
To get you inspired, a few words from the listserv from JAWS member Sarah Garrecht Gassen on the auction:
â€œI was getting dressed this morning and realized that when I have something important to do I always reach for the same thing to wear: the scarf I bought at CAMP last year. It was donated by the wonderful and talented Linda Deutsch.
â€œIt doesnâ€™t matter if itâ€™s personal or professional, when I need an oomph boost I wear my JAWS scarf. Itâ€™s like taking all of you, your wisdom, your support and general awesomeness with me.
â€œYouâ€™ve all helped with the last day of volunteering in first grade (sniff!) and interviews for a military reporting project. We help each other go so many places!
I just wanted to say thank you!!â€
Looking to get more involved with JAWS? You're in luck! We have a few upcoming opportunities.
Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) 2015
Books and Browse: Do you love books? Want to mingle with authors? We're looking for a volunteer to coordinate Books and Browse, a wonderful tradition for the authors among us to sign and sell books at CAMP in Montana.
Volunteer Wrangler Chief: Are you super organized? CAMP needs you to line up and coordinate volunteers to help with a range of on-site tasks at Grouse Mountain Lodge.
If youâ€™d like to help out in either position, email CAMP chairs Gina Setser and Emily Shenk.
Be a matchmaker: Join the Mentoring Committee chaired by Donna Myrow and Sheila Solomon to help pair up mentees and mentors. Weâ€™d like five matchmakers based in different parts of the country. This would involve about once a month gathering a few additional members, sitting down with the list of mentoring requests, matching people and emailing them.
Co-Coordinator: With the ongoing volume of requests for mentoring, someone is needed to share coordinating with Bonnie Rollins. This involves updating spreadsheets and coordinating requests with the matchmaker volunteers.
To volunteer or find out details about the mentoring committee opportunities, contact Bonnie Rollins.
1. 105 women are vying for spots as either Diversity, Emerging, Entrepreneurial or Next Step fellows. The application deadline was May 15.
2. Stay tuned for exciting news about a new partnership between JAWS and Morgan State University. MSU is an HBCU (Historically Black College University) in Baltimore, Md.
3. Showing at CAMP â€™15: â€œDifret,â€ a movie produced by Dr. Mehret Mandefro (sheâ€™ll be with us, too), which tells the true story of the acquittal of a teenage girl arrested for murder and the historic ending to the tradition of child marriage by abduction in Ethiopia.
Visit the members-only site members.jaws.org and log in to view full board minutes.
By Donna Myrow, Mentoring Co-chair
In 2014, JAWS mentorship opportunities expanded to a year-round program. We will continue to offer mentoring at CAMP for those members unable to make a long-term commitment.
Weâ€™re always on the lookout for mentors, especially, to help our members navigate the choppy waters that are journalism today. So much of mentoring is common sense, remembering advice your own mentors gave you, and talking with a mentee to create the relationship that can help both of you learn and grow.
You can find lots of advice on how to mentor (and how to be a mentee). Here are some resources:
â€œThe Missing Mentorâ€ by Mary Stutts
â€œSpiraling Upwardâ€ by Wendy Wallbridge
â€œWork Happyâ€ by Jill Geisler, a member of our JAWS Advisory Board
â€œPlaying Bigâ€ by Tara Mohr
â€œ5 tips for finding mentors even if you donâ€™t work in a newsroomâ€ by Jillian Keenan, at Poynter
â€œ5 Steps to Becoming an Amazing Mentorâ€ by Vincent Oâ€™Connell
If you are a JAWS member and would like to participate either as a mentor or mentee, you can find survey forms by going to your profile on our members-only site.
Mentor link: http://goo.gl/forms/9mHps72ksM
Mentee link: http://goo.gl/forms/aQhwB3TGsJ
If you need further assistance, please contact:
Sheila Solomon, Mentor Committee Co-Chair
Donna Myrow, Mentor Committee Co-Chair
Bonnie Rollins, Mentoring Coordinator
The Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) will be taking place this year at the Grouse Mountain Lodge from Oct. 9 to 11. Early bird registration is $345 for members and $445 for non-members.
Staying at the Grouse Mountain Lodge for CAMP
Call (406) 892-2525 and mention Journalism and Women Symposium to get the group rate. The group rate is valid until Sept. 8, or until the block sells out, whichever comes first. Roommate sign-up sheets are available for those looking for a roommate at CAMP.
$87 for single/double occupancy; $102 for triple occupancy
Complimentary at Grouse Mountain Lodge
Airports and Transportation
Glacier Park International Airport (FCA)
A rideshare sign-up sheet is available for those looking to carpool together to the CAMP site.
- The airport is approximately 11 miles from the Grouse Mountain Lodge.
- The Lodge provides complimentary round-trip shuttle service to and from the FCA airport with advance reservations. Call (406) 892-2525 to schedule shuttle service once your flights are booked.
- Rental cars are available in the ground transportation center.
Data visualization is one of the growing fields in journalism. But you canâ€™t produce an effective visualization without first understanding your data and ensuring its accuracy. In this daylong workshop, youâ€™ll learn about both working with data and making it visual from top journalists, including Cheryl Phillips of Stanford University and Jennifer LaFleur of the Center for Investigative Reporting. Register for the pre-conference training today.
Contribute to a JAWS cookbook
Happy hours. Potlucks. Camp buffets. With food and drink, members of the Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) celebrate steps big and small.
Thatâ€™s why we hope to commemorate 30 years of JAWS history with a modest cookbook â€“ a collection of your stories and recipes. Consider it a keepsake, a smorgasbord of inspiration, maybe even a fundraising tool.
Weâ€™ll need your help. The key ingredient is a good tale to introduce a favorite recipe. Maybe it's about some taste thatâ€™s indelibly linked to an assignment or a dish that youâ€™ve brought to a JAWS gathering. No recipe? No problem. Tell a JAWS food story; we might even find a recipe to match.
Weâ€™ll also feature a few stories/recipes involving earlier journalists whoâ€™ve brought honor to our craft, from muckraker Ida Tarbell to first lady Eleanor Roosevelt to food writer Clementine Paddleford to â€œfirst lady of the black pressâ€ Ethel Payne.
As for the recipe(s), weâ€™ll follow conventions:
Hereâ€™s a sample from the JAWS website.
- Credit the recipe source if the dish/drink isnâ€™t your own creation. Provide a cookbook title and author (and date, if possible), a website name and link, etc.
- List measurements for U.S. cooks, using teaspoons, cups and pounds instead of grams or liters.
- Give steps detailed enough for someone else to successfully replicate the concoction you remember. Cooks donâ€™t want to waste precious time or ingredients.
This is a collective effort. Please contact project directors Carol Guensburg and Jane Marshall if youâ€™d like to help with editing, copy editing, recipe testing, photography, illustration or design.
Weâ€™d like contributions by Friday, June 26! Send Carol and Jane with your submissions and photos. Now get cooking!
Regional gatherings recap
JAWS Bay Area: Sharkey and the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of JAWS made an appearance at the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ) conference in Santa Clara, Calif., on April 25. We had a great time catching up with JAWdesses from across the country and meeting journalists attending the AHCJ conference.
JAWS SoCal: Sue Cross hosted an â€œeat and greetâ€ potluck for the SoCal JAWS group at her lovely hillside home. More than 30 women journalists mingled over a great array of food on her patio as the sun set over Griffith Park. Donna Myrow gave everyone some motivation with a short presentation on the mentorship project.