Career Expo | Info for Employers | Columbia Journalism School

Career Expo | Info for Employers

Five journalism school students pose for a selfie at the Career Expo

The annual Career Expo is held each spring.

Details for Career Expo 2023 will be announced soon.

 

A Virtual Journalism Job Fair

Photo of an editor at the Career Expo

The Career Expo showcases the wide range of news organizations operating today, from legacy media to digital startups and international, national, regional and hyperlocal outlets, general news, single issue/topic-focused and investigative websites producing content in a variety of media, including text, video, photo, audio and data visualizations.

Employers seek candidates to cover a range of subject areas. Companies that attend the Expo are seeking to fill:

  • Full‐time positions
  • Part-time positions
  • Paid Fellowships
  • Paid Internships
  • Freelance, contract and stringer positions
  • Freelance assignments

The Career Expo takes place every spring and is limited to the graduating students of Columbia Journalism School. Amid the Covid-19 crisis, we held our third Virtual Career Expo in spring 2022 with 410 recruiters and 189 news outlets – the biggest Expo in the school's history. We held our first Virtual Expo in spring 2020 with 232 editors, producers and recruiters from 130 news outlets and our second Virtual Career Expo in spring 2021 with 416 editors, producers and recruiters from 147 news outlets. In 2019, 158 news outlets took part in the Career Expo on campus. Details for Career Expo 2023 will be announced soon.

Format

Three students walk down a hallway at Lerner Hall at the Career Expo

Career Expo 2022 was a two-day virtual event. Details for Career Expo 2023 will be announced soon.

The following information pertains to Virtual Career Expo 2022.

All interviews take place over video conferencing that is included with your registration. All you need is an Internet connection to participate. Once registered, you will be provided with a personalized schedule and instructions for and assistance with setting up your virtual company booth. Attending the Expo is easy and convenient. On the day of the Career Expo, all you will have to do is click a link and log in to start engaging with our students.

Schedule: The Virtual Career Expo is a two-day event. The times below are EST.

7 a.m. VIRTUAL HELP DESK OPENS
Need help? Visit the Career Team at the Help Desk or text 212-854-4422 or email cujcareers@columbia.edu.
8 a.m.

EXPO EARLY HOURS 
MATCHED APPOINTMENTS

To accommodate companies outside the Eastern Standard Time zone, employers can complete pre-scheduled 1:1 interviews with students during Expo Early Hours.

INFO SESSIONS
These 30-minute webinar-style presentations are offered at 8 a.m., 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m. 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 5 p.m. Your company may add an Info Session to your schedule at no additional cost.

9 a.m.  MATCHED APPOINTMENTS
Log in to the Career Expo platform for your personalized schedule and to meet students.

10:40 a.m.

BREAK 
11 a.m.

WALK-UP SESSIONS
Students visit company virtual booths to engage with recruiters. 

MATCHED APPOINTMENTS
Log in to the Career Expo platform for your personalized schedule and to meet students

12 p.m. INFO SESSIONS
These 30-minute webinar-style presentations are offered at 8 a.m., 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m. 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 5 p.m. Your company may add an Info Session to your schedule at no additional cost.
12:30 p.m. LUNCH BREAK for most participants
1 p.m.

MATCHED APPOINTMENTS
Log in to the Career Expo platform for your personalized schedule and to meet students.

INFO SESSIONS
These 30-minute webinar-style presentations are offered at 8 a.m., 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m. 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 5 p.m. Your company may add an Info Session to your schedule at no additional cost.

2:40 p.m.

BREAK for most participants
3 p.m. 

WALK-UP SESSIONS
Students visit company virtual booths to engage with recruiters. 

MATCHED APPOINTMENTS
Log in to the Career Expo platform for your personalized schedule and to meet students

4:30 p.m. BREAK for most participants
5 p.m. EXPO EXTRA HOURS
MATCHED APPOINTMENTS

To accommodate companies outside the Eastern Standard Time zone and editors who prefer to interview candidates after hours, employers can complete pre-scheduled 1:1 interviews with students during Expo Extra Hours.
6:40 p.m. BREAK for Expo Extra Hours participants
9:20 p.m. MATCHED APPOINTMENTS END
9:45 p.m. VIRTUAL HELP DESK CLOSES
Need help? Visit the Career Team at the Help Desk or text 212-854-4422.
After hours: email lem2111@columbia.edu or cujcareers@columbia.edu

Format: We offer employers the choice of selecting all walk-up interviews or a combination schedule of customized appointments and open walk-up periods. The combination of matches and walk-ups is an efficient process that maximizes employers’ contact with potential applicants. It is a winning format that most employers like very much and have encouraged us to repeat year after year. However, some employers prefer walk-up interviews all day. Just let us know when you register.

  • Customized Appointments: We match employers with students for a roster of 20-minute interviews based on student preferences and the profile of special skills and expertise you tell us you are looking for in candidates when you register.
  • Walk-Up Meetings: Blocks of time when your schedule is open (no appointments scheduled by the Careers team at Columbia). Students are free to walk up or queue up in line to visit your booth for interviews. Employers may conduct interviews of any length during walk-ups. Walk-ups are a crucial part of the Expo that gives students open access to all employers. Every year, dozens of students find jobs, internships or freelance assignments as a result of a walk-up interview.
  • Info Sessions: 30-minute webinar-style presentations that provide an overview of your company and include a Q&A with our students.

Registration

Photo of a student interviewing with a recruiter at the Career Expo

Cost: $150 per news outlet. The registration fee covers ALL recruiting sessions!

The Career Expo is heavily underwritten by Columbia Journalism School to keep the cost of attending as low as possible.

What's Included:

  • Virtual Company Booth and access to our video conference platform. After you register, you will receive information for and assistance with setting up your virtual company booth. All you need is an internet connection to participate.
  • Personalized schedule of 20-minute interviews with our graduating students.
  • Our custom matching service: We match employers with students based on student preferences and the profile of special skills and expertise you tell us you are looking for in candidates when you register.
  • Flexible schedule: Employers can choose a schedule that includes customized appointments, walk-up sessions, and/or an info session or a schedule of all walk-up interviews. The combination of matches and walk-ups is an efficient process that maximizes employers’ contact with potential applicants. It is a winning format that most employers like very much and have encouraged us to repeat year after year.
  • Digital Resume Book

Meet Our Students

Two students shaking hands at the Career Expo

The Career Expo is limited to the graduating students of Columbia Journalism School. The Journalism School is a graduate school at Columbia University that confers Master of Science and Master of Arts degrees to more than 300 students each year. Our students are a pluralistic, multilingual and multinational group with diverse life experiences, journalistic interests and skills. They will enrich your newsrooms and communities as they venture forth to tell deeper, more complete stories that matter. This year’s group includes military veterans, former lawyers, teachers and business analysts, recent undergraduates, journalists with significant experience and many others.

Students graduating in 2022 and attending the Career Expo include:

Our students are trained in reporting across all media platforms, with a range of skills, including text, video, photo, audio and digital production, investigative techniques, data-driven reporting, interactive graphics, computer programming and audience engagement. All students graduate with a toolbox of investigative skills, including how to obtain and analyze public records and data and get information about individuals and groups using a variety of sources and social media for reporting and verification.

The Class of 2022 by the Numbers, as of Fall 2021:

265 M.S. Journalism students, including students in Stabile Investigative, Documentary and Visual Craft specializations

21 M.S. Data Journalism students

52 M.A. Journalism students, who concentrate on the coverage of Arts & Culture, Business & Economics, Politics or Science

  4 Dual Degree in Journalism and Computer Science students

  1 Dual Degree in Journalism and International Affairs student

10 Knight-Bagehot Fellows in Economics and Business Journalism

  4 Spencer Fellows

23 Ph.D. in Communications students

45 Countries represented (37% of the class are international students)

#CJSInclusion

 

How to Use Pathable

Getting Started

How to sign in to a Pathable event: Click the link in your invitation, create a password, accept the terms and conditions, and click "Complete Profile" to complete your bio or "Continue to App" to go straight into the app (you can update your bio anytime). 

WATCH: How to sign into a Pathable event

Retrieve a forgotten Pathable account password.

Verify that your computer and internet meet Pathable's system requirements.

Before the Expo, it's best to clear your browser's cache and cookies. (Need help? Here are instructions for clearing your cache and cookies), Pathable strongly recommends using Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge browsers. 

Ensure you have the Zoom app installed on your computer

For help with Pathable and questions about the Career Expo, you can contact the CJS Virtual Help Desk:

 

CJS Virtual Help Desk Hours: 

  • Friday, March 18: 3 p.m. (EST) - 5 p.m. (EST)  JOIN: https://bit.ly/MackMoments
  • Tuesday, March 22: 1:30 p.m. (EST) - 3:30 p.m. (EST) JOIN: https://bit.ly/MackMoments
  • Thursday, March 24: 1:30 p.m. (EST) - 2:30 p.m. (EST) JOIN: https://bit.ly/MackMoments
  • Friday, March 25: 1 p.m. (EST) - 3 p.m. (EST) JOIN: https://bit.ly/MackMoments
  • Saturday, March 26: 7 a.m. (EST) - 9:45 p.m. (EST) Inside Pathable: from the main navigation, select Schedule > Agenda > CJS Help Desk
  • Monday, March 28: 7 a.m. (EST) - 9:45 p.m. (EST) Inside Pathable: from the main navigation, select Schedule > Agenda > CJS Help Desk

 

How to Edit Your Pathable Profile

From the main menu navigation, select Account > Edit my profile. Here, you can add a profile picture, a short bio, link to your social media, and share other relevant information about yourself.

 

How to Edit Your Company Booth

Each company has a company booth that has been pre-populated with basic information, which you can edit. Items you can edit or add to the company booth include the company description, links to social media, job descriptions, videos, handouts, and more.

WATCH: How to Edit Your Company Booth

 

How to Check Your Schedule

After you log in, click Schedule > My Agenda to see your scheduled appointments. If you wish, you can export your agenda to your personal calendar outside of Pathable.

Instructions for exporting a single session

 

    Export My Agenda to an External Calendar (Outlook, Google Calendar, iCal)

     

    How to Add Meetings & Events to Your Agenda

    From the main navigation menu, select Schedule > Agenda to see all the activities, including Info Sessions, scheduled during the Career Expo. Click the plus sign (+) next to any session(s) that you want to add to your agenda.

    WATCH: How to Add a Session to Your Agenda

    WATCH: Take a Brief Tour of the Agenda Details

     

    How to Join Recruiter-Student Meetings at the Career Expo

    Matched/Pre-Scheduled Appointment: Pre-scheduled by the Office of Career Development, these are private meetings lasting up to 20 minutes. These cannot be removed from your schedule. These meetings typically include one student and one recruiter but some meetings may have one student and two or more recruiters. Matched appointments are scheduled 8 a.m. (EST) to 9:20 p.m. (EST) each day of the Expo. Attendance is required.

    NOTE: When joining Matched Appointments in Pathable, the Zoom window remains within the browser window. All standard Zoom controls, including share screen and raise hand are available. Important: To chat, you must use the chat feature in Pathable that is to the right of the Zoom screen.

    WATCH: How to join a Matched/Pre-Scheduled Appointment
     

    Walk-Up Appointments: Walk-up appointments are offered 11 a.m. (EST) - 12 p.m. (EST) and 3 p.m. (EST) - 4:30 p.m. (EST) both days of the Expo. During these walk-up periods, students will be able to connect with you via Pathable's Talk Now feature. These interactions are offered first-come, first-served. These meetings range from 5 to 20 minutes. Attending walk-ups is optional for students. 

    WATCH: How to Launch Your Talk Now Walk-Up Session

    NOTE: This video mentions that exhibitors (aka recruiters) participate in a tradeshow (aka walk-up session). Please note: the Talk Now feature will only work during the walk-up sessions offered 11 a.m. (EST) - 12 p.m. (EST) and 3 p.m. (EST) - 4:30 p.m. (EST) both days of the Expo.

     

    Info Sessions: Companies participating in an Info Session will have a dedicated Event Producer to assist 15-minutes before the.scheduled session start time and throughout the duration of the event. Pathable uses a version of Zoom webinar that is embedded in the Pathable platform. We suggest watching this short video to familiarize yourself with the Pathable platform and the speaker experience.

    WATCH: Speaker Training

    Presenters may wish to create a split-screen to have the Zoom screen on one side and the Pathable platform on the other side. 

    WATCH: How to Create a Split-Screen

     

    Small Group Session: Select recruiters and companies will have a small group session added to their personalized agenda. To access your small group session, go to Schedule > My Agenda and click on the Small Group Session tile. This will launch an event webpage. From the event webpage, click the Start Meeting Now button. Small group sessions are optional for students and participant number will vary. 

    If you experience a high volume of traffic during your small group session and have two or more recruiters simultaneously participating in the session, you can opt to use the Breakout Rooms feature in Zoom. If you are the only recruiter and need help, you can text the Help Desk: 561-445-0945.

    WATCH: How to Manage a Zoom Breakout Room

     

    Stay Up-to-Date

    There are several ways to stay updated and communicate in Pathable:

    • Minute-to-Minute: Similar to a Facebook feed or Slack channel, the Careers Team will post timely updates and late-breaking news in the Minute-to-Minute. Make sure to check the Minute-to-Minute throughout the day. In the Minute-to-Minute, you can join a conversation or start a discussion around a specific topic by visiting the "Minute-to-Minute" tab in the main navigation menu: Minute-to-Minute > Recruiter Discussions. To join a discussion: Click on a topic, and click the "Reply” Button to comment. To Start A New Conversation: Click "New Conversation."
    • Bulletin/Notifications: The bell on the upper right-hand side of the screen will change color indicating new notifications that are for you to read. These include reminders about upcoming meetings and items you have added to your agenda along with announcements and reminders from the Careers Team. Be sure to check these notifications often.
    • Private Message: Each attendee can send and receive private messages that are similar to email, but are delivered within the Pathable platform. From the main menu navigation, select Minute-to-Minute > Inbox. Here, you can send and receive messages. You can also send messages by selecting People > Attendees from the main menu navigation, click the tile of the person, and then click the "Send Message" button on the right-hand side.

     

    How to Access Data and Analytics from Your Company Booth

    This short video demonstrates how to access data and analytics from your company booth, including:

    • Visits: lists information about students who have visited your company booth–- please note that these are not inquires/ hard leads, and should not be treated as such.
    • Leads: lists information about students who would like to engage with your newsroom. These are students who used the "Leave Your Card" function, which is similar to a student walking up to you in-person at the Expo, shaking your hand, and engaging with you in conversation.
    • Analytics: lists the number of Booth Visits, Conversations, and Content Consumption for your organization - please see this article for more detail on analytics: View and Download Organization Metrics
    • Talk Now: allows you to view the call log of total Talk Now calls that were placed by students during the walk-up sessions. Students who walked up to your virtual booth are eager to connect with your newsroom. Logs indicate who called, if the call was connected and to whom, and how long the call was.

    Questions?

    If you would like more information about the Career Expo, please contact Lauren Mack, Program Manager, at 212-854-4422 or by email. You can also join our mailing list.

    Need to recruit before or after the Career Expo? We can assist you with your year-round recruiting efforts:

    • Interview Days Employers who would like to interview our students are welcome to schedule a visit to campus or arrange virtual interview sessions. We will provide a meeting location, notify students and assist you in scheduling interviews.
    • Meet the Media If you'd like to tell students about your company, we host in-person and virtual brown‐bag informational sessions with students all year.

    To set up your recruiting efforts, please contact us.