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Career Expo Information for Employers

Career Expo 2020: Saturday, March 28, 2020

The 2020 Career Expo will take place on Saturday, March 28, 2020 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. at Roone Arledge Auditorium in Alfred Lerner Hall on Columbia University's Morningside Campus, 115th Street and Broadway, New York City. Our annual Career Expo is the largest journalism job fair in the country, gathering 150 news media companies at Columbia University every spring to interview, mentor and hire the graduating students at Columbia's Journalism School.

See the list of employers who registered for Career Expo 2019.

Employer Registration and Fees

Registration fees include continental breakfast, luncheon with J-School faculty and deans, all-day beverages and afternoon snack, booth table and chairs, an electronic resume book, and our interview matching service. The Career Expo is heavily underwritten by the Journalism School to keep the cost of attending as low as possible.

Registration fees for recruiters:
$175 for the first two recruiters, $25 for each additional recruiter.
Optional: hard copy of resume book: $20

Meet our Students

Whether you have jobs, internships, contract positions or are open to freelance story pitches now or in the future, you’ll find what you’re looking for at 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 annually. 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.

Our students are trained in reporting across all media platforms, with a range of skills, including video, photo, audio and digital production, investigative techniques, data-driven reporting, 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.

You’ll also meet students in our Master of Arts program who are journalists with prior experience now specializing in the coverage of business & economics; arts & culture; science or politics. Our M.A. students are trained in investigative techniques, internet forensics and data journalism. For more information, please visit this page.

Looking for computational journalists? Columbia’s two-year Computer Science + Journalism program will graduate another crop of M.S. students in May. These students are on the cutting edge of computational and data journalism under the guidance of statistician Mark Hansen, director of the David and Helen Gurley Brown Institute for Media Innovation, and Emily Bell, director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School. Additionally, Columbia has recently launched the M.S. in Data Journalism, a three-semester program that provides the hands-on training needed to tell deeply reported data-driven stories in the public interest. The program equips students with a toolkit to collect, process, and analyze data to find and report stories, and produce visualizations. Students in this specialization produce an original, data-driven final masters project.  

You’ll also meet students in our M.S. Documentary Specialization, who take a third semester to produce a short documentary film, and students in our M.S. Investigative Specialization, who spend the year learning investigative methods and complete an investigative report for their masters project.

Finally, you’ll meet our fellows in Columbia’s prestigious Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism. These students are experienced business reporters and editors from across the country and world who take courses at Columbia Business School and other Columbia graduate schools to enhance their knowledge of economics, business and finance. For more information, please visit this page.

The Class of 2019 by the Numbers, as of Fall 2018:

248 M.S. Journalism students, including students in our Stabile Investigative Reporting and Documentary programs.

10 NEW M.S. Data Journalism students. Students collect, process and analyze data for stories and visualizaations. Three-semester program; first cohort graduates in May 2019.

40 M.A. Journalism students. Experienced journalists specialize in coverage of Arts & Culture, Business & Economics, Politics or Science.

14 Dual Degree in Journalism and Computer Science students. Students work with cutting-edge tools at the intersection of journalism and technology. Two-year program at the Journalism and Engineering schools.

10 Knight-Bagehot Fellows in Economics and Business Journalism

44 Countries represented

Our Commitment to Diversity:

Among our U.S. citizen/permanent residents, about 34 percent identify as Black/African-American, Hispanic/Latino or Asian American. Separately, about 36 percent of our student body is international.  

 

Hours, Location and Format

Where: Columbia’s Career Expo takes place at Roone Arledge Auditorium in Alfred Lerner Hall on Columbia’s Morningside Heights Campus, 115th Street and Broadway, New York City. Click here for campus maps.

By New York City Public Transportation
Five bus lines (M4, M5, M11, M60, M104) and one subway line (the No. 1 local) serve the Columbia neighborhood. The Columbia stop for the buses and the subway is 116th Street. The M60 bus is a direct link between campus at LaGuardia Airport. Do not use the Nos. 2 and 3 express subway trains, which follow a different route and do not stop at Columbia University. If you tak the No. 2 or 3, transfer at 96th Street to the No. 1 local train.

By Train or Bus
Trains to New York arrive at Grand Central Station or Pennsylvania Station; buses stop at the Port Authority Bus Terminal. Visitors arriving at these stations can take public transportation or a taxi north to the campus.

Parking in Morningside Heights
You may park on the streets around campus or use the local parking garages. We recommend a garage to avoid getting ticketed. The garages below are listed from south to north.

West Side Parking
234 West 108th Street
(between Broadway & Amsterdam Avenue)
212-222-8800
Open from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Pro Park America
401 West 110th Street
(between Broadway & Amsterdam Avenue)
212-523-1051
Open from 6 a.m. to midnight
GGMC Parking
512 West 112th Street
(between Broadway & Amsterdam Avenue)
212-865-1754
Open from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Champion Parking
400 West 113th Street
(between Amsterdam Avenue & Morningside Drive)
212-663-0113
Open 24 hours
Claremont Parking Corp.
Riverside Church, 120th Street
(between Claremont Avenue & Riverside Drive)
212-870-6736
Open from 6 a.m. to midnight
 

 

When: The Career Expo is an all-day event. Doors open at 8 a.m. for our Employer Breakfast. First interviews begin promptly at 9 a.m., so we urge our employers to be in position by 8:50 a.m.

Format:  We offer employers the choice of selecting all walk-up interviews or a combination schedule of customized appointments and an open walk-up period in the afternoon. For appointments, we match employers with students for a schedule 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. 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.

Another unique feature of our Expo is the 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. walk-up period. It’s 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.

The Day’s Schedule:

8 a.m. - 8:50 a.m. Employer check-in at Lerner Hall’s Broadway Entrance, 115th and Broadway. At check-in, you’ll receive your interview schedule and table assignment and electronic or hard copy Resume Book (if ordered). Continental breakfast will be available in Lower Lerner Hall.
9 a.m. Scheduled interviews begin promptly.
12:10 - 1:10 p.m. Lunch at The Journalism School, a three-minute walk from Alfred Lerner Hall.
1:15 - 2:15 p.m. Scheduled interviews continue.
2:30 - 5 p.m.  Walk-up interviews.
5 p.m. Expo ends. 

 

Where to Ship Materials

Please ship magazines, newspapers, giveaway items or other materials for arrival by 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, 2020.

Please ship materials to:

 

Izabela Rutkowski

Office of Career Development, Columbia Journalism School

2950 Broadway, Room 104
New York, NY 10027

 

You will find your boxes of materials on top of your table when you arrive the morning of the Career Expo. Flag one of us if you need help opening any of your boxes.
 

We are sorry, but space inside Roone Arledge Auditorium will not accommodate large banners and stands that some companies are accustomed to setting up at other events.
 

To understand the room set-up, please watch this video.

 

We will have a UPS station at the Expo in case you would like to ship materials home. You are responsible for the shipping costs. Please come with your company's UPS account number.

Where to Stay

Please check this list of hotels near our campus:

Aloft Harlem

2296 Frederick Douglass Boulevard

New York, NY 10027

(212) 749-4000

Couryard by Marriott New York Manhattan/Central Park

1717 Broadway

New York, NY 10019

(212) 324-3773

The Hotel Beacon

2130 Broadway (at 75th Street)

New York, NY 10023

(212) 787-1100

(800) 572-4969

NYLO New York

2178 Broadway (at 77th Street)

New York, NY 10024

(212) 362-1100

 

 

Hotel Belleclaire

2175 Broadway

New York, NY 10024

(212) 362-7700

 

The Empire Hotel

44 West 63rd Street

New York, NY 10023

(212) 265-7400

 

Hotel Newton

2528 Broadway (at 86th Street)

New York, NY 10028

(212) 678-6500

(800) 643-5553

The Excelsior Hotel NYC

45 West 81st Street

New York, NY 10024

(212) 362-9200

 

 

Hudson Hotel

358 West 58th Street

New York, NY 10018

(212) 554-6000

 

 

The Lucerne Hotel

201 West 79th Street

New York, NY 10024

(212) 875-1000

(800) 492-8122

 

 

Columbia-affiliated lodging; call for availability and minimum stay requirements

 

The Landmark Guest Rooms at Union Theological Seminary

3041 Broadway (at 121st Street)

New York, NY  10027

(212) 280-1313

20 guest rooms

 

Teachers College

517 West 121st Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam)

New York, NY  10027

(212) 678-3235

15 guest rooms, all with private bath, minimum stay required

 

500 Riverside Drive (at 122nd Street)

New York, NY  10027

(212) 316-8473

11 guest rooms                                                            

Questions?

Please contact Izabela Rutkowski at (212) 854-4422 or by email.