Heart, Emotion, and Facts with Writer Janie Cameron

March 9, 2018

  We find ourselves in a time which attempts to redefine the definition of the word “facts” in spite of history. Frustrating as this may be, it spotlights the need for communication about differing experiences among people in the world. This may actually help us navigate our way back to what we all agree upon as truth. Award-winning journalist Janie Cameron has reported from the drug conflict in the Philippines, China, and numerous locations around the globe, but she also uses her talent to communicate the plight of women in the world. Writing for Vice, Hyperbeast, Tonic, and numerous other outlets, Cameron illustrates the concerns and vantages of women in today’s society. This spectrum of topics is wide in regards to the female experience: medical advancements, mental health, technology, sexuality, equal pay, and many more both educate and relate what it’s like to be a woman in current day around the world. Her respected reporting work on political and social news topics has brought many readers to investigate Janie’s writing on those specific to her gender’s experiences, which leads to a better understanding for all.

 

  As a writer, Cameron’s work has gained international notoriety for its exceptional nature. She has followed the course of many of the world’s most celebrated journalists, traversing the globe in pursuit of stories worthy of international headlines. Modern news entities like Vice News (vice.com reaches an estimated 4,310,934 unique users daily and possesses a global traffic ranking of 168) utilize writers like Janie because they have the talent as well as a unique voice. For Vice (and their health vertical Tonic) Cameron has covered topics such as “How the Internet is Transforming Sex and Sexuality”, “Could weed help treat PMS, Compulsive Nail Biting”, and the effects of Social Media on dating through apps like Tinder.

 

  Villainesse, the unapologetically feminist publication which describes itself as “No filter, no bullshit media for young women” often utilizes Janie’s skills as an immensely respected writer with a lifetime of research on the woman’s experience. Their admiration for her work has resulted in Villainesse giving her carte blanche to cover any topic so long as it is relevant and inclusive to all who identify as female. Janie’s writing for Villainesse is not easy to categorize. Art (interviewing Nneka Onuorah on producing 'MY HOUSE' - a documentary about New York’s queer vogue ballroom scene), Health (Attia Taylor on why she started 'Womanly' and the connect between women’s health and art), culture (“Coming out to my Bangladeshi mother”), communication (“We need to change the way we talk about women”), and other topics cross-pollinate in subject matter, bringing depth to each article where the intersection is the modern female experience.

 

  Those familiar with Janie’s work will emphatically proclaim that she is a writer who is also female rather than a writer who exclusively writes about female focused topics. Her early years as a writer and later editor at Debate magazine saw the publication receive copious acclaim including ASPA Awards for: Best Lifestyle Section, Best Political Writer, Best Humor, Best Design and others. Subsequent work for Pharmacy Today (“Kiwi Pharmacist Takes On Palliative Care in Nepal”, “Has The Pill Become A Sugar-Coated Quick Fix?”) and Political outlet The Wireless (“The Election Might Be Over, But Don't Expect Chlöe Swarbrick To Disappear”, “Increasing access to the pill comes with risks, especially when it's prescribed for reasons other than birth control”) contained elements of her interests while greatly diversifying her style and frame of reference, a must for any well-rounded journalist.

  While still a celebrated writer in her prime, Cameron concedes that she comprehends her responsibility to the next generation of writers who happen to be women that will follow in her footsteps. To contribute to the opportunities as well as ensure they are prepared for what lies ahead of them, Janie has become a mentor with Girls Write Now. This organization inspires and educates high school-aged girls, pairing them with noted professional writers such as Cameron. She states, “It is really important to me to be able to share my writing skills with young women who are showing promise or interest in writing and may not be from a particularly privileged background.” It’s an essential part of her ethos as she adds, “To me, feminism is advocating for women’s rights to achieve gender equality, and understanding how women's overlapping identities (such as race, class, ethnicity, religion, and sexual orientation) impact the way they experience oppression and/or discrimination.” With all of her success, Janie Cameron understands that she can help the next generation of female writers to surpass what those of her era have achieved. 

 

 

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