The #MVJ2021 Annual Convention is the preeminent experience for the journalism world to get #MoreVetsInNews.
Our first annual Military Veterans in Journalism gathering from October 21-22 will be a virtual gathering for journalists, non-profit professionals, newsroom leaders, and other supporters of newsroom diversity to share, learn and connect with each other while focusing on supporting the under-represented community of military veterans in journalism.

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.

Reasons to Attend

Our career fair

Learn about the veteran community

Create new connections

Have fun (Hint: happy hour!)

Convention Attendees

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. 

450
Members in Military Veterans in Journalism
42
MVJ Members who are Seeking Full-time Employment in Journalism

Deadlines

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. 

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