The biggest room at Excellence in Journalism 2014 is the Journalism Expo, where companies offering products and services to journalists, government agencies and journalism schools are represented and media groups come to recruit new employees.
“We want to meet different individuals and let them know who we are,” said Diane Holtzangle with Tribune Media. “There are so many different opportunities out there.”
Tribune is one of several vendors showcasing its company and looking for new faces to hire. Some organizations, such as D.C. Internships are looking to cater specifically to undergraduate students or have positions available for those who have recently earned their degree.
Others are looking specifically to entice more seasoned professionals. Members representing the Social News Desk, a media management platform, enjoy the opportunity to meet with the news directors in attendance at the conference in order to further bolster their clientele.
“A lot of journalists got their start through our program,” said Joseph Starrs, Director for U.S Programs and Institute on Political Journalism in Washington D.C. “Some internships are paid, some are not, it all depends on where you get placed.”
Northwestern University, Emerson College in Boston, the University of Southern California and Middle Tennessee State University all had representation at the exposition as well.