Over 300 students from colleges and universities around New York City attended Where the Jobs Are: Brave New World of Journalism, on Thursday, October 12th at The New School. The panel provided an inside look into what reputable news organizations are looking for in new hires.
Panelists Ramon Escobar (CNN), Al Mayers (Bloomberg) and Jim Rich (Huffington Post), along with moderator Jenni Maier (The Muse), shared stories of their personal experiences, and provided insight into how to get a foot in the door of the journalism industry and land a job. All of the panelists shared an interest in similar skill sets for their teams: critical thinking, persistence, strong ability to write, a yearning for life-long intellect, and tech savviness. Panelists also discussed the importance of diversity in the workplace, the future of journalism in a more digitized world, résumé tips, and the power of networking.
Students engaged in conversation on Twitter by live-tweeting, using the hashtag #NewJournalism. Beyond the public Q&A, many students stuck around after the forum to ask panelists further questions and network with their peers. Al Mayers concluded the night with sound advice on breaking into the industry: "If you give up, it's the only way you can assure it won’t happen."