Columbia J-School Job Fair Boasts Record Pool Of Recruiters

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By: Joe Strupp

Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism will have more media employers at its annual job fair on Saturday than at any time in the fair’s 16-year history, said organizers.

Among the reasons: buyouts and layoffs of older, more-expensive staffers are sparking a need for younger, cheaper talent to fill their shoes.

The graduate school also claims its training in a broad curriculum of online and new technology makes today’s graduates more attractive.

“Part of it is we have so many companies laying off and getting rid of reporters at bigger costs and they are hiring reporters at lower salaries, at the beginning of their careers,” said Ernest Sotomayor, assistant dean for career services at the school. “The most important factor is that we have very talented students that employers want to meet.”

Sotomayor said the job fair has 110 employers coming, including 18 newspapers. He says that is the largest amount since the fair began in 1993. The next largest pool of recruiters occurred in 1999, at the height of the dot.com boom, when 100 employers participated.

“We have many more magazines, more online media companies and more television outlets,” he said. “When you talk about the different disciplines and different platforms, they are looking for people who have online skills, but also other traditional skills.”

The job fair is open only to the 400 students currently enrolled in the graduate school of journalism, Sotomayor said.

The list of employers set to participate can be found at:

http://www.journalism.columbia.edu/cs/ContentServer/jrn/1175373867205/page/1175295280344/simplepage.htm

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