Why This Matters
Military veterans are vastly under-represented in America’s newsrooms and face systemic barriers to entry in the media field.
This convention will give veterans an opportunity to connect directly to media outlets across the country, especially during the career fair.
By the end of the convention, veterans will have built their networks and expanded their understanding of how to get hired.
Why WE NEED MORE Veterans
in America’s Newsrooms
Veterans represent 7.6% of American news consumers yet 2% of media workers are vets. Newsrooms must be more diverse.
Veterans are themselves diverse, more racially and ethnically diverse than the American population as a whole.
Veterans bring objectivity / neutrality, creating more trust in news.
Veterans provide more nuanced coverage of military / veteran affairs and foreign policy.
Veterans bring more experience, more education, and longer retention than the average job candidate.
Hiring veterans yields tax credits as well as marketing opportunities for employers.
Veterans are entrepreneurial and resilient.
Veterans are adept at skills transfer across contexts and tasks.
Veterans are comfortable and adept in discontinuous environments.
Veterans have (and leverage) advanced technical training.
Veterans exhibit advanced team-building skills.
Veterans have (and leverage) cross-cultural experiences.
Veterans have experience and skill in diverse work settings.
Read more: http://bit.ly/SHRMHireVets
Reasons to Attend
Our career fair
Learn about the veteran community
Create new connections
Have fun (Hint: happy hour!)
This convention is an opportunity for organizations to engage with military veterans directly and learn more about their community. Recruiters can meet one-on-one for interviews, creating an intentional recruitment experience.
We invite veterans, reporters, media executives, entrepreneurs, industry leaders, educators, students, and other supporters to our convention to take advantage of this community-building event.
June 15: Convention Tickets on Sale
Oct 21 – Oct 22: Convention / Career Fair
Schedule of Events
DAY 1: Oct. 21, 2021
5:00 pm to 6:00 pm: Welcome Speech + Keynote Event
6:00 pm to 6:20 pm: MVJ Awards
6:20 pm to 6:30 pm: Concluding remarks
DAY 2: Oct. 21, 2021
11:00 am to 12:00 pm: Vets: How to Get Hired in Journalism
11:00 am to 12:00 pm: Employers: How to Hire Vets in Journalism
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm: Lunch & Veteran Showcase
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm: Career Fair
5:00 pm to 6:00 pm: Happy Hour!
*All times Eastern Standard
We Need Your Support
Military Veterans in Journalism relies on sponsorships to support veterans in their post-military careers and to bring a greater diversity into America’s newsrooms.
We need your help to make this event happen.
It will make a demonstrable impact on the lives of the veterans working to follow their passion in media and serve their countries again, as journalists.