The MVJ 2021 Annual Convention is the preeminent experience for the journalism world to get #MoreVetsInNews.

Our inaugural Military Veterans in Journalism gathering from October 20-22 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.

Oct. 21-22
#MVJ2021

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 them an opportunity to connect directly to media outlets across the country, especially during the career fair.

By the end of the convention, the vets will have built their networks and expanded their understanding of how to get hired.

Your participation will change lives.

Why Hire Veterans
in America’s Newsrooms

Veterans represent 7.6% of American news consumers yet only 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

Job recruitment

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 1: Registration Opens

Sept 21: Early Bird discount of 10% off for sponsorships ends

Oct 10: Last Day to reserve participation as employer/recruiter

Oct 14: Last day to reserve sponsorship

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 6:30 pm: MVJ Awards
6:30 pm to 6:45 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 substantial impact on the lives of the veterans working to follow their passion in media and serve their countries again, as journalists. 

Your participation will demonstrate your company’s commitment to diversity.

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Platinum Sponsorship

  • Your organization is the Key sponsor, named in all promotional materials
  • Speaking opportunity for your organization during convention
  • Email to all members exclusively about your org
  • Hyperlinked logo at very top of sponsor page
  • Digital booth during the career fair, access to résumé database,
    and five job board postings
  • 20 complimentary tickets to the event

Cost: $15,000

Available: 1

Gold Sponsorship

  • Speaking opportunity for your organization during convention
  • Email to all members exclusively about your org
  • Hyperlinked logo near top of sponsor page
  • Digital booth during the career fair, access to résumé database,
    and five job board postings
  • 15 complimentary tickets to the event

Cost: $10,000

Available: 3

Silver Sponsorship

  • Email to all members exclusively about your org
  • Hyperlinked logo on sponsor page
  • Digital booth during the career fair, access to résumé database,
    and five job board postings
  • 10 complimentary tickets to the event

Cost: $5,000

Available: 5

Bronze Sponsorship

  • Hyperlinked logo on sponsor page
  • Digital booth during the career fair, access to résumé database,
    and five job board postings
  • Five complimentary tickets to the event

Cost: $3,000

Available: 10

Sponsored content video add-on

An MVJ video producer will work with your organization create a custom sponsored content video about diversity at your organization. 

  • MVJ will interview your staff to talk about your mission
  • The video will showcase the work you do in 30-60 seconds
  • The video will be professionally edited with a story, music, and graphics
  • Your content will air during a well-attended part of the convention
  • MVJ will grant you permission to use the video in any of your own diversity/inclusion promotions after it has aired at the convention

Cost: $10,000

Available: 3

Career fair sponsor

  • Your organization acknowledged in career fair promotional materials
  • Digital booth during the career fair
  • Access to résumé database
  • Five job board postings

Cost: $5,000

Available: 3

veteran showcase sponsor

On Day 2 of the convention, MVJ will highlight the journalistic achievements of an extraordinary veteran in our community

  • Your organization acknowledged in veteran showcase web page
  • You may choose the veteran (perhaps from your org) to be showcased
  • Your organization verbally acknowledged during showcase presentation

Cost: $4,000

Available: 3

workshop sponsor

MVJ will present several workshops during the convention. You may sponsor one and contribute your functioning vision of the industry to the dialogue.

  • Your organization acknowledged in workshop promotional material
  • You may influence the subject and content of the workshop
  • Your organization may contribute journalists to lead the workshop
  • MVJ members will get a first-hand look at the real-life decisions your newsroom makes to lead in the industry

Cost: $3,000

Available: 3

Award Sponsorship

MVJ will host an awards presentation to honor the groundbreaking accomplishments of military veteran journalists and those in the media who support the community. 

  • Your organization is branded as the sponsor of the award ceremony.
  • Awards include: Legacy Award, Salute to Excellence, Volunteer of the Year, and the Top Ten Vets in Journalism.

Cost: $2,500

Available: 1

Email us today to commit to your sponsorship: [email protected]