Journalism and Women Sympoisum

Conference Circuit: Women in Journalism Recap 2014

A weekend conference highlights the challenges of being female in the media industry and how women journalists have overcome them. Plus: A children’s education association opens doors for bilingual learners.

The Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) proves that camp isn’t just for kids with its professional Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP). The event, to be held this weekend at California’s La Quinta Resort and Club, might seem like an upscale sleep-away adventure for adults, but don’t be misled by the scenic locale. This resort will be the center of vibrant discussion of women’s representation and empowerment in journalism.

It’s been a whirlwind of a year for female journalists, and JAWS CAMP is highlighting the industry’s challenges and successes. Saturday kicks off with a breakfast and keynote speech by former executive editor of The New York Times Jill Abramson, who will speak candidly about her life since her very public ouster.

At another session that’s crucial for women in media, CAMP attendees will learn how to handle online harassment (particularly timely now as “Gamergate” continues to rage). And there will be plenty of time for reflection and celebration, ranging from a panel featuring documentary filmmakers who spotlight women’s stories to a discussion recognizing major achievements by female journalists, aptly named “Women Journos Rockin’ It.”

JAWS Education and Training from Journalism and Women Symposium on Vimeo.

The Week Ahead

November 5–8: The National Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference and Expo in Dallas will feature a new initiative aimed at ensuring equal learning access for children who speak Spanish at home. Grandes Comienzos, Futuros Brillantes (Great Beginnings, Bright Futures) will boast more than 40 sessions, including panel presentations on early childhood education and best practices in dual-language learning.

November 5–8: Navigating the American Translators Association’s 55th annual conference will be a breeze for first-timers, who are paired with seasoned attendees to get the most out of the event. “Newbies” and their “buddies” at the conference in Chicago attend a meal and session together, with experienced conference-goers continuing to provide their companions with advice throughout the week.

Down the Line

November 9–11: As we always say, two ABAs are better than one. The American Bankers Association and American Bar Association will be tackling fraud from all angles with their ABA/ABA Money Laundering Enforcement Conference in National Harbor, Maryland. Anti-money-laundering and fraud-risk professionals will attend panels focusing on the latest monitoring tools, handling high-risk customers, and even banking in the marijuana industry.


Julia Haskins

By Julia Haskins

Julia Haskins is a contributor to Associations Now. MORE

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