By Kelly Burke
The Association for Women in Sports Media is pleased to announce the winners of the fall 2013 Mid-Career Training Grant. The Mid-Career Training Grant offers funding to qualifying members for additional training, in order to augment their skills and grow along with changes in their field. Three winners emerged from a group of outstanding candidates for the fall period. P.K. Daniel will be granted $700 and Jessica Camerato and Auravelia Colomer will both be awarded $400, thanks to a $1,500 grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.
Here is more on each winner:
• Daniel is a longtime print sports journalist. She spent 15 years at the San Diego Union-Tribune where she rose to the positions of senior editor and writer. In her roles as news editor and slot, she supervised the nightly desk operations, managing the flow of content across print and digital platforms. Since separating from the U-T in 2013, P.K. has been freelance writing and editing for various print and online publications, including Baseball America, SB Nation, CBS Sports, USATeam.org, Lower Extremity Review and Red Line Editorial.
“It is an honor and privilege to be selected as a recipient of the Mid-Career Training Grant. It enables me to further develop my digital multimedia skills, making me more marketable in today’s journalism climate. I look forward to enrolling in Poynter’s News University,” Daniel said.
• Camerato has been working in the Boston sports media since 2005. She is a bilingual writer who has done work online and in print, as well as on television and radio. Jessica has covered numerous teams including the Celtics, Red Sox, Bruins, and New England Revolution and recently rejoined HOOPSWORLD as an NBA writer focusing on the entire league.
“I am extremely appreciative of this grant and am so glad to be part of an association that helps others succeed in this industry. I am entering a new chapter in my career as I seek out full-time employment, and this money will help me enhance my skills moving forward. One of the most important assets in my reporting is the ability to speak Spanish. With this grant, I will purchase Rosetta Stone so I can stay fresh with my conversational skills that help me communicate with athletes from around the world across multiple sports. With the remaining funds, I will seek out training and education to enrich my on-air and editing skills, which are extremely valuable in being a versatile multimedia reporter,” Camerato said.
• Colomer is a dual and bilingual Canadian-American Latina who has a thirst for news and for creating stories that captivate her audience. She’s proud to be the associate editor of The Gals Got Game, an online resource dedicated to educating professional women about sports. She has also worked as a consultant for one of Canada’s top communications agencies and has executed media relations campaigns for several sports-related clients. Auravelia is passionate about creating equal opportunities for kids in need through sports. She volunteers with the Toronto Blue Jays and was chosen as one of the inaugural members of the Jays Care Foundation Young Professionals Committee, which leads fundraising initiatives to support Canadian youth through baseball.
“By fostering relationships and providing financial resources, AWSM truly supports women in adapting to a constantly changing media landscape. I’m thrilled and very thankful to be a recipient of the AWSM Mid Career Grant. I plan to use the grant to fund camera and video skills workshops,” Colomer said.
— AWSM will provide another $1,500 Mid-Career Training Grant in the spring of 2014. For more information about the program, please e-mail Kelly Burke, VP of Professional Development at firstname.lastname@example.org.