The Journalism and Media Studies Centre hosted a journalism jobs fair last week, and both job-seekers and employers were impressed.
“I was really impressed with the talent and enthusiasm of the students at the job fair,” said Ken Brown, the Wall Street Journal’s Hong Kong bureau chief.
“I met the first Nepalese journalist I have ever met. I met four people that I want to hire. I also met a lot of people I think are too smart for me to hire,” he said.
Sophie Brown, a Master of Journalism candidate from Australia, said the fair helped her understand which skills news organizations are looking for. “I was surprised that so many companies I thought of as being traditionally text-focused, like Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal, are looking for multimedia production skills and want people who can do video packages,” she said.
The fair, co-hosted by the Asia chapter of the Asian-American Journalists Association and the JMSC, took place during the third annual New.Now.Next Media Conference (N3Con) at The University of Hong Kong.
The event offered students and alumni – and some 220 conference participants – an opportunity to meet editors, journalists and other representatives from international media companies and public relations firms for professional guidance and career advice.
Participating organizations were the Associated Press, Time, Bloomberg, the Wall Street Journal, CNN International, and Thomson Reuters. Also, Asia Pacific Vision, a media, communications and video production company; NEXTmedia, a Hong Kong-based Chinese language media company; Engadget, a consumer electronics web magazine; and Edelmen, the world’s largest public relations firm.
[Click below to watch the job fair recap video produced by JMSC students.]