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J-School holds largest Career Expo in its history

April 01, 2013

As the Journalism School prepares to end its yearlong centennial celebration, it set a new major milestone Saturday by staging the largest career fair in the school's history. The 135 companies that sent 275 recruiters to Columbia Journalism School Career Expo to meet soon-to-be graduates created an overflow event in Roone Arledge Auditorium, establishing this as the largest journalism school job fair in the nation.

With 340 students from the M.S., M.A. and Knight-Bagehot programs participating, the Office of Career Services organized thousands of appointments between the students and news companies during the Expo. It was the largest number of students ever to participate, and the number of recruiters increased by more than 25 percent over last year.

(View the complete list of companies that recruited.)

"The record number of companies that attended the expo and their interest in our students demonstrates that journalism still matters and our graduates are in demand," said Julie Hartenstein, associate dean for Career Services, which organized the Expo. “Employers joined us because they know our students are getting superb training and are committed to practicing journalism at the highest level across multiple platforms. Employers come because they know our grads will be the engine to sustain and transform the profession in the digital age. That is what the centennial is all about."

See video clip below of the school's largest job fair:
 

Companies represented every platform - newspaper, magazine, digital, broadcast/cable television and documentaries. Recruiters came from as far as India (LiveMint.com), Doha (Al Jazeera), Boston, Milwaukee, Miami, Minnesota, Philadelphia, Pa., San Francisco, Vermont, Washington, D.C., and from throughout the Tri-state region.

Some companies sent as many as five recruiters to interview dozens of students by day's end. Some sent multiple units -- Time Inc. brought editors from Sports Illustrated, InStyle, People, Fortune, TIME.com,  CNN/CNNMoney and NY1; NBC Universal sent recruiters from NBC News, CNBC, Telemundo, MNSBC and the Weather Channel; Huffington Post, Huffington Post Live and AOL each sent staff. ABC’s contingent included producers from ABC News, Katie (The Katie Couric show), Univision and Fusion, the joint venture of ABC and Univision. Among the recruiters were dozens of alumni now working at companies including GlobalPost, BBC, American Banker, OnEarth magazine, FastCompany, Quartz, Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters, The Republican-American and more.

 

Dow Jones Newswires, The Wall Street Journal, Fox News and editors and reporters from The New York Times also attended, as did recruiters from smaller companies including VTDigger.com from Vermont.

The largest media category in attendance was online media with 48 employers representing legacy companies like Economist.com; digital-only brands including Atavist, Contently, Amazon Kindle Singles, Tumblr, Tablet, Next City, and ProPublica, and new launches like Africa.com, Digiday and Narratively. And pointing to a slight resurgence in print media, there was strong representation from newspapers and magazines. Recruiters came from two dozen magazines and magazine groups, and 20 newspaper companies representing more than 125 properties at newspaper chains including McClatchy, Gannett, and Hearst Connecticut Newspaper Group.

Nearly all of the companies attended while advertising a range of job openings, including full-time and part-time positions, internships, and freelance assignments. Employers represented a wide range of subject areas including health and science, business and economics, sports, weather, media, technology and engineering, politics and government, general assignment, metro and community news, arts, culture and entertainment, food, travel and fashion, Jewish, Latino and African American issues, international news and more. 

Students were initially matched with companies, and were each given several scheduled appointments. Throughout the day, however, students also had walkup meetings with additional recruiters at companies they had interest in. Some students, by the 5 p.m. close, had done 10, 15 and even 20 interviews. One student noted on Twitter that he'd interviewed with 23 companies. And as students closed the event, some noted that they had already been invited by recruiters for follow-up interviews.

Recruiters emphasized to Career Services staff members that they were impressed by how well the J-School students were prepared for their Expo interviews, and many said they already were looking forward to returning next year.

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