By Anthony Council, NABJ JSHOP Reporter
The NABJ Convention and Career Fair gives journalists and media-related professionals – and those aspiring to become either – the opportunity to speak with companies and organizations to hopefully land a job.
The convention attracts hundreds of employers and companies, and can be very overwhelming, so it can be difficult to get the full experience. For some, it’s important to strategize at the convention, maybe by focusing on building relationships or attending workshops and panel discussions.
Many also say they just want to have fun.
The convention this year is being held in Miami, where a record-setting more than 4,000 attendees are expected to come and enjoy the festivities by meeting job recruiters, celebrities, political leaders and many others.
So how does an NABJer get the most out of the experience? Here’s some advice from those who have been there and done that:
“I just want to connect with people, to network, to make new leads,” — Jamar Younger, communications coordinator for the Arizona Charter Schools Association, and chapter president of the Arizona Association of Black Journalists (AZABJ)..
“Be your authentic self. Don’t be scared. Don’t be timid. You’ll either wow ‘em or your won’t but don’t trip on it.” — Corey Gensler, retail services producer, WSOC-TV, Charlotte, N.C.
“Don’t be afraid to go after these big places that might seem intimidating. They’re just people.” — Morgan Newell, multimedia journalist, WCTI-TV, Greenville, N.C.
“Be prepared. Treat it like it’s a job. Ask as many questions as you can. Ask about the company you’re sitting down with. If you’re a student, they know you’re trying to learn.” — Donna M. Stewart, news operations manager, NBC 7 San Diego
“Have in mind a niche in journalism you want to pursue. I think that would make the process more effective. Be prepared Have your stuff together. The more prepared you are the better the feedback and the opportunity will be.” — Eugene Daniel III, reporter, WMBD-TV, Peoria, Ill.