By Danielle Katz, RTDNA News
More than 50 exhibitors welcomed EIJ conference attendees at the Journalism Expo and Career Fair in Anaheim.
Recruiters from television networks including NBCUniversal, CNN and CBS made an appearance and chatted with eager journalists. Television groups such as TEGNA and Hearst also held meetings with possible job candidates.
Exhibitors say they’re happy to hear what people are doing across the country. KOAT News Director Greg Shepperd, with Hearst Television, said he went to the fair to meet people, look at resume tapes and offer critiques.
“It’s always great networking here. You run into some people you used to work with, people you might want to do some consulting work with,” Shepperd said.
Shepperd said connections from this conference that build relationships will serve people in the long term.
“It’s time to meet people, to know what you’re looking for and get in front of those people. Even if you don’t get the job today or next month, it could be yours a year from now, but don’t lose those connections and those relationships,” Shepperd said.
Media groups like The New York Times and Think Public Media had databases set up for people to join to keep in touch for future opportunities.
Recruiter Scott Berko hires on-air talent for TEGNA, and this is his first year at EIJ. He said he’s looking for people who are collaborative, personable, and looking to do news in an non-traditional way.
“It’s kind of a positive vibe. I feel like going from a newsroom and I was also just in Florida, hurricanes coming there. This vibe is welcomed right now,” Berko said.