Send Georgia to CAMP
Organized by: Georgia E. Dawkins
I blush at the thought of the Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS). That’s because last year at the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) in Palm Springs, California, I fell in love with 200 women. Each made a huge impact on my experience as an emerging journalist fellow. They left me with a renewed desire to pay it forward. This year, JAWS has asked me to return to CAMP and assist with the fellowship program.
In Palm Springs, we did what we do best. We told colorful stories with emotion and depth. These stories were our own testimonies. I met women of all different backgrounds who paved the way for me in journalism and shared my experiences. They recognized that climbing the ladder is a little more difficult when you’re wearing heels (or not), a skirt (or pants) and carrying your notepad. I learned that there are more than enough opportunities for women who can write. For example, some women worked in newsrooms and classrooms. Others traveled overseas to learn about other cultures and share those stories. The greatest lesson I learned was to “lift while I climb.” It’s a lesson I’ve heard before but this time, it meant more to me. There’s beauty in helping other women succeed in journalism.
Now, I need your help. This year’s conference is in Whitefish, Montana October 9-11th, which happens to be the weekend of my birthday. Last year, I set out to raise $120 toward my fellowship but because of you, I raised 10 times that amount. Your donations helped cover additional training for other fellows in my class. This year, I’m looking to raise $700. This money will cover my room, registration and some meals. JAWS is subsidizing some of my travel expenses. If I happen to raise more than enough, I will use that money to cover my membership dues for next year.
Thank you for helping me lift while I climb.