Career Expo Information for Employers | Columbia Journalism School

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, a digital 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:
$185 for the first two recruiters, $30 for each additional recruiter.
Optional: paper copy of resume book: $25

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 2020 by the Numbers, as of Summer 2019:

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

19 M.S. Data Journalism students. Students collect, process and analyze data for stories and visualizations. Three-semester program; first cohort graduated in May 2019.

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

11 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:

In terms of racial diversity of U.S. citizens, 30 percent of the entire class identifies as African American, Asian, Latino, Native American and/or Pacific Islander. Separately, 28 percent of the full-time M.S. class is international, representing 32 countries. In the Master of Arts class, 50 percent are from outside the U.S., representing 19 countries. In the M.S. data cohort, 18 students are international, representing 10 countries.


Hours, Location and Format

Where: The 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 and 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 take the No. 2 or 3, transfer at 96th Street to the uptown 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)
Open from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Pro Park America
401 West 110th Street
(between Broadway & Amsterdam Avenue)
Open from 6 a.m. to midnight
GGMC Parking
512 West 112th Street
(between Broadway & Amsterdam Avenue)
Open from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Champion Parking
400 West 113th Street
(between Amsterdam Avenue & Morningside Drive)
Open 24 hours
Claremont Parking Corp.
Riverside Church, 120th Street
(between Claremont Avenue & Riverside Drive)
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:

Lauren Mack

Office of Career Development
Columbia Journalism School

2950 Broadway, Room 104
New York, NY 10027


On the day of the Career Expo, you will find your boxes of materials on top of your table when you arrive. Please let us know 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. If you wish to ship materials via FedEx, please bring your company's FedEx account number or pre-printed shipping labels.

Questions about shipping? Please contact Lauren Mack, Program Manager: or 212-854-4422.

Where to Stay

Please check this list of hotels near our campus that offer competitive pricing for our guests when booked through Columbia University's Preferred Area Hotels website:

Aloft Harlem

2296 Frederick Douglass Boulevard
(at 124th Street)

New York, NY 10027


Arthouse Hotel

2178 Broadway (at 77th Street)

New York, NY 10024



The Hotel Beacon

2130 Broadway (at 75th Street)

New York, NY 10023



Hotel Belleclaire

2175 Broadway (at 77th Street)

New York, NY 10024




The Lucerne Hotel

201 West 79th Street
(between Broadway & Amsterdam Avenue)

New York, NY 10024



Warwick New York

65 West 54th Street
(between Sixth & Seventh Avenues)

New York, NY 10019




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


20 guest rooms


Teachers College

517 West 121st Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam)

New York, NY  10027


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


500 Riverside Drive (at 122nd Street)

New York, NY  10027


11 guest rooms                                                            


Please contact Lauren Mack, Program Manager, at 212-854-4422 or by email.