October 14-15, 2010
Davidson Conference Center, USC, 3415 South Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90089
(conference center directions)
The annual Journalism Opportunities Conference, the largest job fair on the West Coast for journalists of color, is held every October. The conference includes a 2-day job fair.
For those not able to attend the national conferences of the different organizations of journalists of color this year, the JOC is a more affordable alternative. Registration fees range from $50 to $100.
The JOC, which annually attracts news media recruiters from both print and broadcasting companies from throughout the country, is co-sponsored by the Black Journalists Assn. ofSouthern California, the Los Angeles chapter of the Asian American Journalists Assn., and the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Comunication & Journalism. The JOC includes the USC Annenberg School of Journalism job fair.
Students and professionals with varying levels of experience attend the job fair looking for internships, entry-level jobs or to move up to their next job at a bigger paper or market. Interviews for jobs and internships are all walk-up interviews. The days, times and methods of interviews are at the discretion of the recruiters.
Because of the changes going on in the industry, we expect fewer recruiters to participate this year. However, we will provide more workshops, especially in multimedia storytelling on both days. We will continue to offer workshops on Audition Reel Critiques and Resume Writing/Interviewing Tips on Friday during the conference.
There are different registration fees for students and professionals, but it is the same whether you attend one day or both days.
Fees have not been raised in consideration of the poor economy.
Recruiter/Exhibitor registration fees range from $250 to $600, depending on broadcast market size or print circulation.