By Zara McDowell, RTDNA News
At Excellence in Journalism 2017, the journalism expo and career fair drew hundreds of attendees on Thursday and Friday, who had a chance to meet with recruiters from many news organizations as well as vendors offering products and services of interest to journalists.
Longtime sponsors of RTDNA's EIJ17 partners at the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, Toyota invited attendees to look at a wall filled with license plates, which had words such as, “Alegre (happy), valiente (brave) and to think of someone in your life who has inspired you to be that way,” Toyota Representative Robert Escandon said. “We want you to take that plate off of the wall and bring it to our customization station and there they will put that person’s name on the plate.”
Escandon added that the goal of the license plate wall is, “so at the end of the day we will have a wall full of names of people that have inspired the Hispanic community here,” Escandon said,“My hope is that Hispanic individuals can continue to be seen as an asset amongst your general audience and media companies.”
Also on the J-expo floor was a booth for the actors and media workers union, the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA).
“SAG-AFTRA is a union that represents professionals around this country, we are about 160,000 strong,” said representative Anna Calderón.
With over 200 broadcast stations represented through the union, said she wants her members to be aware of the resources they provide, such as reviewing contracts for members prior to accepting job offers at stations, as well as shepherding legislation that protects broadcasters.
“We are constantly looking after the well-being of journalists around the world and around the country,” Calderón said, “Free press is the foundation of a strong democracy.”