Convention Features Job Interviews for Journalists.
The annual California Chicano News Media Association Job Opportunities Conference will be even bigger this year. CCNMA is combining its annual job conference with the country's biggest annual meeting of journalists, the national convention of the Society of Professional Journalists.
The combined convention and job conference meets in Los Angeles, Oct. 22 through 24. The meeting is so large that facilities at two neighboring hotels have been booked.
Facilities at both the Sheraton Universal and Universal City Hilton will be used to present the convention's array of panels, speeches, award dinners and the three-day-long job opportunities conference.
The Job Opportunities Conference will run Thursday Oct. 22 through Saturday, Oct. 24. The conference is open to all journalists seeking jobs. Those who register in advance will be matched for interviews with specific employers who are seeking the particular talents the job-seeker has.
As far as possible, the same sort of matching will be provided for those who register at the door. Traditionally some 70 of the nation's biggest media organizations send interviewers to the conference. Network television will be represented by interviewers from KNBC, KCBS, KABC and the ABC network. The Los Angeles Times and other major national newspapers will also be interviewing.
For those only interested in job-hunting, members of CCNMA or SPJ can attend just the Job Opportunities Conference (including the SPJ Mark of Excellence Awards Luncheon on Oct. 23) for $55 (students pay only $40) -- if they register before Oct. 9. On-site registration is $10 more.
SPJ and CCNMA members can attend the SPJ Convention for an additional $225. (Students and retired members pay $200, non-member $250. On-site registration is $25 more for students and retired members and $50 more for all others.)
That includes nearly 50 professional-development sessions and the opening night reception, Mark of Excellence Luncheon, Sigma Delta Chi Banquet, Legal Defense Fund Luncheon Roast, President's Installation Banquet and the InfoMart Trade Show. It's also possible to attend just the professional-development workshops at a reduced rate and pay separately for specific meal events you wish to attend.
Everyone attending the opening night reception on Thursday, Oct. 22, will also receive a pass for that evening to the Universal Studios Theme Park.
The convention also offers a major trade show, INFOMART 98, where the nation's best-known producers of media hardware and software will be showing their newest products.
INFOMART 98 is combined with a demonstration of "The Newsroom of the Future." In the Newsroom of the Future, journalists can sign up for one-on-one training on the state-of-the art hardware and software used throughout the program to produce a continuing multi-media report of the conference.
The latest in hi-tech news facilities will be there to work with. Microsoft, Apple Computer, Kodak, Imation, Wright Technologies, Intergraph, Earthlink, RealNetworks and Associated Press are among those taking part in the project.
In recognition of the major media empires of the West Coast, there will be a series of panels and discussions on Hollywood and the media, featuring some of the famous and infamous of both Hollywood and the media.
Appropriately, the theme of the convention is diversity. California is soon to be the first U.S. state in which there is no "majority" group. Convention panels and speakers will examine what this means to journalism -- and the conclusions are not as obvious as you might think.
Join the more than 1,000 journalists expected to attend. An obvious bonus is the opportunity for side trips to the many attractions of the Los Angeles area for those who want to take a break from the convention or stay over a few extra days.
The SPJ National Convention is scheduled for Oct. 22-24 at the Universal City Hilton and Towers and the Sheraton Universal. Program information and registration materials are available online at SPJ's Web site (http://spj.org/conv98) by calling SPJ at 765/653-3333, or by using SPJ's fax on demand service: Call 765/653-2070, press "one" and select document No. 420. The deadline for early registration discounts is Friday, Oct. 9.
Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, the Society of Professional Journalists is the nation's largest and most broad-based journalism organization. SPJ is a not-for-profit organization made up of 13,500 members dedicated to encouraging professional standards among journalists, stimulating ethical behavior, and perpetuating a free press.
Here are the recruiters coming to the event (as of Sept. 28):
Recruiters Newspapers 1. Times Mirror Los Angeles Times Newsday 2. Los Angeles Daily News 3. Gannett Tucson Citizen Salinas Californian 4. San Diego Union-Tribune 5. San Jose Mercury News 6. The Oregonian 7. Seattle Times 8. Desert Sun 9. Philadelphia Inquirer 10.San Francisco Examiner 11.Knight-Ridder Newspapers Monterey Herald Miami Herald Ft. Worth Star-Telegram Philadelphia Daily News 12. New York Times 13. Reno Gazette-Journal 14. Chicago Tribune 15. Sacramento Bee 16. Salem (Ore) Statesman-Journal 17. Bakersfield Californian 18. Detroit Free-Press 19. San Gabriel Vly. Newspapers Pasadena Star-News San Gabriel Vly. Tribune 20. Contra Costa (Calif.) Newspapers 21. City News Service 22. Modesto Bee 23. New Times 24. Washington Post 25. Dallas Morning News 26. Stockton Record 27. Denver Post 28. Kansas City Star 29. Arizona Daily Star 30. Wall Street Journal 31. Riverside Press-Enterprise 32. San Francisco Chronicle 33. NY Times Newspapers Santa Barbara News-Press Santa Rosa Press-Democrat 34. Associated Press Television Stations 1. ABC Network 2. CBS Network 3. KCBS (L.A.) 4. KNBC (L.A.) 5. KABC (L.A.) 6. KTLA5 (Tribune/WB, L.A.) 7. KCAL9 (Young, L.A.) 8. KTTV (Fox, L.A.) 9. KCOP (Chris-Craft/UPN, L.A.) 10.KVEA (Telemundo, L.A.) 11.KCET (PBS, L.A.) 12.CNN (Cable) 13.KMEX (Univision, L.A.) 14.ESPN Radio 1. Disney Radio Los Angeles KABC AM, KLOS FM, KDIS AM 2. CBS Radio Los Angeles KNX AM KFWB AM