September

EVENT DATES
Convention:

August 18-21, 2021
8 a.m. - 9 p.m. ET, Daily

Career Fair:

Wednesday-Friday

NO TRAVEL NEEDED

NO TRAVEL NEEDED
Attend the Virtual Convention & Career Fair from Your Home/Office!

GUEST EXPERTS

NETWORK
Connect With and Learn from Industry Leaders & Colleagues

LEARN & NETWORK

CAREER FAIR & RECRUITER CHATS
Participate in Live Chats and Interviews with Company Recruiters

About the NABJ Convention & Career Fair

Navigating A Digital World – United by Mission, Driven by Purpose

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) will host its annual virtual convention and career fair on August 18-21, 2021. #NABJ21 is the premier multi-day conference for journalism and media education, career development and advancement, and networking and industry innovation. The event attracts leaders and influencers in journalism, communications, technology, politics, business, health, arts, and entertainment. In 2020, nearly 4,000 attendees joined us for our first-ever virtual gathering. We look forward to welcoming you this year! Registration is now open!

This year's convention will offer:

  • 70+ media companies and exhibitors at our career fair 
  • 140+ workshops, events and training sessions (Workshops are still being finalized, stay tuned!)
  • Options to upload your resume and links ahead of the convention
  • Options to request a scheduled appointment with recruiters at least 10 days ahead of opening day
  • Surprise newsmakers, celebrities and special guests
  • Training on the latest technology and resources designed to help you do your job even better
  • The always popular Sports Task Force Jam and opening ceremony and reception
  • At least 4 meal events (A limited number of meals are delivered to attendees on a first-come, first-served basis)
  • Multiple live networking sessions and activities
  • Special live Saturday events and more!

Important Dates to Remember


August 4-20, 2021

Appointment Pre-Scheduling with Recruiters

August 18, 2021

Opening Ceremony (Powered by Coca-Cola) & Welcome Reception (Powered by Disney)

August 19, 2021

Newsmaker Plenary

August 20, 2021

W.E.B. Du Bois Plenary (Powered by WarnerMedia)

August 21, 2021

Board & Caucus meetings

Contact Information:

Resume Upload Instructions

To post a NEW resume on the NABJ Career Center so employers at the #NABJ21 Career Fair can see it:

  1. Go to www.nabjcareers.org
  2. Create an account
  3. Go to “My Resume”
  4. Post your resume
  5. Be sure to select that you will be attending the “NABJ 2021 Virtual Career Fair/Convention”

If you already have an EXISTING resume on the NABJ Career Center:

  1. Go to www.nabjcareers.org
  2. Log in to your account
  3. Go to “My Resume”
  4. Click “Confirm Activation,” if your resume has deactivated
  5. Click “Edit” and go to “General Information,” and go down to “Job Fair Registrations” 
  6. Select that you will be attending the “NABJ 2021 Virtual Career Fair/Convention”

Frequently Asked Questions

Accessing the Convention/Career Fair

You will receive an email from NABJ with your User ID, password and the link to access the login page in advance of the convention opening date.
Visit nabj21.vfairs.com and click log in. When the popup window appears, click “forgot my password.” For further assistance, email membership@nabj.org for registration related questions.
You do not have to sign up for a particular session. Once you input your User ID and password into the login page, you will be taken to the main conference floor. From there you will be able to access all sessions, the career fair, and the networking chat rooms. Simply follow the signage. You will also find an info desk at the center of the floor and in the navigation bar. This includes a tech support chat. Always keep the email address you registered with and your assigned password handy as you navigate the convention environment.
You will receive panel access information via email from the conference’s Zoom or Matchbox system. Please look out for this information and be sure to check your spam if you don’t see it.
Remember: A high-speed internet connection is required. Please do not use a mobile device to join the panel. Speakers should not use green screen backgrounds or vertical camera angles. Review the Zoom system requirements. For tips on joining a Zoom, click here: https://www.youtube.com/embed/hIkCmbvAHQQ?rel=0&autoplay=1&cc_load_policy=1.
Yes, speakers are also registered for the conference. NABJ Staff will contact you with details.

Watching Sessions

We recommend that you access the conference using Google Chrome or Firefox. The conference should be viewed on desktop or laptop computers for the best experience. Live sessions will be hosted in Matchbox/Zoom. Your conference access will remain logged in, in another tab, if you keep it open. On-demand sessions will be available and playback opportunities for registrants will be announced.
While you may be able to access Zoom in browsers, we recommend you download Zoom to view and engage in the webinars for the best experience. To learn more about downloading Zoom click here: https://zoom.us/download.
All sessions must be accessed by first logging on at nabj21.vfairs.com. Navigate to the sessions and workshops section on the main convention floor or click auditorium from the top menu. You can click the center panel in the auditorium to access all sessions in the Matchbox schedule.
Sessions will have indicators next to the description in the Matchbox platform.
Yes, if the session/event is live you can chat with attendees and submit questions to panelists. Some events and viewing may also have other chat opportunities.
Stay tuned for the on-demand schedule.
Moderators and panelists may decide to leave their contact info/social handles with attendees during their presentations or in the session chat. You may also feel free to reach out to them in the networking chat or speaker hallways.

Career Fair & Networking

At least 10 days prior to the career fair, “Early Access” will be open for all attendees to visit booths and schedule appointments with recruiters.
Please note: Attendees can enter the exhibit hall to begin making appointments by logging in with their credentials at nabj21.vfairs.com.
Recruiters will receive an email once an attendee makes an appointment with them.
Attendees and recruiters will receive a confirmation/invitation email as well as alerts within the vFairs system. You will be required to confirm/accept or deny an appointment.
Yes, you can! All video and audio chats will only be initiated by the recruiter. Please be dressed to impress for your video interviews.
Once you have received confirmation for your appointment you will go to that company’s booth at the time of your appointment. Click “Chat” in the booths navigation bar. Write a message in the chat box stating your name, time of your appointment, and who your appointment is with. Once the recruiter sees that you are there they will initiate a one-on-one chat with you.
Yes. When recruiters are in the chat room they will be able to see all online users that are currently visiting the booth. Next to each attendees name is a button that says “chat now.” This will open up a direct message chat with the recruiter and the attendee.
Recruiters will log in using the username and password that they created in Step 6 “Booth Rep Accounts” of the booth setup process
Yes. Recruiters have access to the conference.
We recommend you upload your resume/reel/portfolio to recruiters in advance of the event at nabjcareers.org, so they can get to know you. Attendees may also want to have a link to their resumes/reels to share with recruiters when they are in the chatrooms with the exhibitor’s booth.
Visit the networking lounge to chat with attendees and other representatives. To connect via chat with recruiters visit their booths in the exhibit hall. Sessions and other events will also have engagement and chat opportunities.