School of Journalism and New Media

The University of Mississippi

2020 Jobs Conference Aims to Put Students to Work Thursday, Jan. 30

Posted on: January 21st, 2020 by ldrucker

School of Journalism and New Media graduates will return to discuss careers and offer advice

You can register and find out more about this event here.

Students interested in making industry connections and getting a jump-start on their post-graduation job search may want to mark their calendar for the School of Journalism and New Media’s 2020 Jobs Conference.

The event set for 10-4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30 in the Overby Center and Farley Hall is a good place to start if you’re a student looking for a job opportunity.

Mark Burson, a professor with the School of Journalism and New Media who is leading the conference, said it’s an opportunity for graduating seniors to meet industry professionals and hiring managers and launch their job search.

Dream Job Sign

Dream Job Sign

“Alumni from both worlds of IMC and journalism will be available to answer questions, seek advice, review resumes and portfolios and most importantly – network,” he said. “Seniors will get a first-hand look at the types of jobs they can expect to secure with a degree from the j-school.”

Burson said they will learn:

  • Proven ways to land your first job
  • What to say/not to say in your hiring interview
  • How to create a winning impression
  • Tips to be successful from day one
  • The importance of finding your passion
  • Ways millennials can get along with Baby Boomer and Generation X bosses and colleagues

“At the very least, students will take away a dozen business cards of successful industry professionals who all share something in common with these seniors — a degree from Ole Miss,” Burson said. “Our hope at the conclusion of the day is that these seniors will be well on their way to completing their transition from student to professional.”

Ellen Meacham, another professor with the school who helped organize the conference, said it should be a fun and valuable event for students.

“It will be a day of panel discussions about finding that first job, networking, succeeding on the job, and other good advice, with (fairly) recent graduates, as well as opportunities for students to have one-on-one conversations with them too,” she said. “We have reached out to all of our grads and put together a list of participants from those who responded,  trying to bring in as many varied backgrounds as we could.”

Meacham said they hope to make the conference an annual event, or possibly hold it each semester. Some businesses represented at the conference by former students include Northeast Mississippi Health Systems, Wye Communications, Fruit of the Loom, Gannett News, WTVA, WMC5, and many more.

Ryan Rigney, global communications lead of the League of Legends franchise, is a 2014 graduate who will be part of the event. He will also be the first speaker of the spring semester at the School of Journalism and New Media in the Overby Center auditorium at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29 before participating in the conference on Thursday.

To request an interview, contact Debora Wenger, assistant dean for innovation and external partnerships and associate professor of journalism, at 662-915-7912 or

Tickets are not required for the event. If you plan to attend and require accommodations for a disability, please contact Sarah Griffith at 662-915-7146 or For more information about our journalism or IMC programs visit