CSUN Journalism Department to Host Annual Career Day

March 9, 2016

The Department of Journalism at California State University, Northridge will host its annual career day event on Thursday, March 10. Career Day will be comprised of three events taking place inside the University Student Union (USU).

“We organize Career Day every year because there is always so much valuable knowledge shared at this event,” said CSUN journalism professor Dr. Stephanie Bluestein, who will moderate a panel of professional journalists.

Career Day is sponsored by the CSUN student chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists in collaboration with the Journalism Department.

The professional journalists discussion panel will begin at approximately 9:30 a.m. in the Thousand Oaks Room. The following journalists will participate on the panel:

  • PR:  Jennifer Campana, director of communications, MGA Entertainment
  • Spanish-language journalist: Joanna Jacobo, multimedia writer, La Opinión
  • Photojournalism: Myung Chung, multimedia journalist, L.A. Times
  • News/Sports: Marcus Vanderberg, deputy editor, sports programming and Production at Yahoo Sports, and the regional director for NABJ
  • Broadcast: Christina Gonzalez, assignment manager, Fox 11

The panel discussion will be an opportunity for students to ask professional journalists any questions and acquire insight.

The second event, in the Thousand Oaks Room, is a panel of recent CSUN journalism graduates who are now working in their respective fields. These "success stories" are geared to help current students better understand the steps they will need to take to be successful following graduation. It follows the working professionals panel at approximately 10:45 a.m. 

Meanwhile, a portfolio, resume and demo reel critique performed by professional journalists starts at about 10:30 a.m. in the Flintridge Room in the East Conference Center adjacent to the Student Recreation Center. The critiques, which continue until about 1:30 p.m., are designed to give students the opportunity to have their work samples analyzed by professional journalists and receive feedback.

This will also give students the opportunity to strengthen their portfolios, resumes or demo reels before submitting to prospective employers.

“Career Day is an easy way for students to become motivated to start preparing for their future. Listening to the various journalists and PR professionals gives students a better idea of what it’s like to work in the various fields,” said Bluestein. “Students also learn what they can do while they’re still in college--such as doing internships and networking—that should make the path to full-time employment a little smoother.”

For more information on the CSUN Journalism Career Day contact the department office at (818) 677-3135.