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Career Expo

SAVE THE DATE: Career Expo 2015 will take place on Sat. March 28, 2015. Registration for the Expo will open in January 2015. For additional information and to be included on our invite list, please contact Career Services Program Manager Izabela Rutkowski at ir2273@columbia.edu or 212 854 4422.

Our Career Expo is the largest journalism job fair in the country. Be among the 250 newsroom professionals from around the world who come every year to meet, mentor and recruit our students. Last year, editors, producers and hiring managers from 147 media companies attended the Expo and we're expecting a similar capacity crowd in 2015. PLEASE JOIN US.

The 2014 Career Expo took place on Saturday, March 29, 2014. For a quick glimpse and to get a sense of the scope and energy of the event, click here

Here is a snapshot of last year's event. For the second year in a row, The Journalism School’s annual Career Expo filled Lerner Hall to capacity with a record-number of companies in attendance. Two hundren and fifty recruiters representing 147 companies came to interview the Class of 2014. 

With 319 students from the M.S., M.A., and Knight-Bagehot programs participating, the Office of Career Services set up thousands of appointments between the students and news companies during the Expo.  View the list of companies here.

Companies represented every medium - newspaper, magazine, digital, broadcast/cable television and documentary. Recruiters traveled from around the world to attend, including representatives from RunWild Media in London, Al Jazeera staff from NY, Washington and Doha, The Detroit News, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Minnesota Public Radio from the mid-West, The Philadelphia City Paper, Investors Business Daily and impreMedia in Los Angeles, CNN in Atlanta, and BBC News, The Washington Post, and Spain’s biggest news wire EFE from Washington, D.C. Companies throughout the Tri-state region were also very well-represented.

Digital-only companies also turned out in force, including BuzzFeed, Contently, Huffington Post, Atavist, Brightwire, Narratively, Amazon Kindle Singles, PolicyMic, TechMediaNetwork, Mashable and ProPublica.

Some companies sent five or six recruiters to interview dozens of students by day's end. Some sent multiple units -- Time Inc. brought editors from Sports Illustrated, People, Fortune, and TIME.com; CNN/CNNMoney/NY1 attended; NBC Universal was represented by recruiters from NBC News, CNBC and Telemundo. The contingent from ABC included producers from ABC News, Univision and Fusion, the joint venture of ABC and Univision. Among the recruiters were dozens of alumni now working at companies including GlobalPost, Environment and Energy, The American Prospect, Moment and OnEarth magazines, Quartz, Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters and more. The Wall Street Journal, New York Post and Fox News also attended, as did editors and reporters from The New York Times. Other legacy media companies representing dozens of properties across the country included Gannett, Hearst, Digital First Media and Calkins Media.

Nearly all of the companies attended to interview candidates for a range of job opportunities, including  paid internships, freelance assignments and full-time jobs. Employers sought reporters and producers to cover a wide range of beats and 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 issues, international news and more.

During the first part of the day,  most employers request that the J-school match them with students for interviews at 20 minute intervals, although some companies prefer not to have scheduled appointments and are open for walkups throughout the day. Towards the end of the afternoon, the entire floor opens up for walkup interviews.  Almost as soon as the Expo was over, students began to receive invitations for follow-up interviews. 

The Journalism School wishes to thank the companies and newsroom professionals who helped make Career Expo 2014 a success and once again, the event was the biggest journalism job fair in the country.

 

 Check out this video of Career Expo 2013 -- it gives you a sense of the event.
 

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