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NABJ 2024 Career Fair

July 31 - August 2, 2024

Hilton Chicago
Salons C&D

720 S Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60605

The NABJ Career Fair is the largest career expo for Black journalists and media professionals in the country. 

The #NABJ24 Career Fair will take place from July 31-Aug. 2 at the Hilton Chicago. The Career Fair showcases the tremendous range of news organizations and other media entities operating today, from journalism schools and digital startups to top national and regional companies looking for journalists and media-related professionals for their newsrooms and pressrooms.

The companies that attend the Career Fair are seeking to fill full-time positions, internships, and freelance assignments. Employers seek candidates to cover a range of subject areas including health and science, business and economics, investigative journalism, sports, weather, media, technology, politics and government, general assignment, race and justice, metro and community news, arts, culture and entertainment, food, travel and fashion, international news, and more.


Click HERE to Purchase an #NABJ24 Career Fair Booth Today!

Prepare to secure your space early! Booth selection is based on a first-come, first-served basis.

Important Note: No booth reservations will be permitted or accepted prior to the opening of online sales.



Booth Size: 10' x 10'
By March 15, 2024
By June 1, 2024
After June 1, 2024
Exhibitor $5,000 $5,500 $6,000
Journalism School/Talent Agency
(Third-Party Recruitment)
$3,000 $3,500 $4,000
Island Booths (4 or more booths) $1,000 $1,000 $1,000
By April 5, 2024
By June 1, 2024
After June 1, 2024
Complimentary Exhibit Booth Personnel
(Limit 2 per 10' x 10' booth)
$0 $0 $0
Exhibitor Booth Personnel $445 $545 $575
Ticket (One Seat)
NABJ Hall of Fame Awards Luncheon      
Friday, Aug. 2, 2024
$75 $75 $80
NABJ Salute to Excellence Awards
Saturday, Aug. 3, 2024
$150 $150 $175
NABJ Gospel Brunch
Sunday, Aug. 4, 2024
$75 $80 $85
Table (Ten Seats)
NABJ Hall of Fame Awards Luncheon  $800 $800 $800
NABJ Salute to Excellence Awards $1750 $1850 $1950
NABJ Gospel Brunch $850 $850 $850

Convention Special Event Tables are available for purchase, please contact for availability.                                              


 10' x 10’ booth includes one table, two chairs, booth sign, one waste basket, and pipe & drape
• Two (2) complimentary convention registrations for each 10’ x 10’ booth
• 3 full days of recruiting and exhibiting
• Access to the NABJ Resume Database for a period before, during and after the convention
• Online Interview Scheduling System for the Career Fair (optional)
• Listing in digital #NABJ24 convention souvenir program book
• Listing on #NABJ24 Mobile App with logo, booth number, and website link
• Listing in #NABJ24 convention highlight email 
• Logo (linked) and 50-word description on digital exhibitor page on #NABJ24 website
• Perimeter security guard service
• Recruiter/Exhibitor registration includes premium convention bag and access to convention workshops


Due to the design of this year's NABJ Convention site, there are some unique placement considerations in the NABJ Exhibit Hall Career Fair, which is located in the Salons C&D at the Hilton Chicago hotel. 

This year's layout will be impacted by ceiling height and the presence of columns. The good news is that all exhibitors will have the full 10' x 10' spaces purchased, whereas the columns will NOT reduce your 10' x 10' footprint. However, you may need to reconfigure your booth design based on the locations of those foundational hotel columns.

Please note:

  • In this year's NABJ Career Fair, the ceiling height varies in the Salon C (11' 4") and Salon D (9' 1"), and there are several lower ceiling areas that will be indicated on the floor plan.
  • Exhibit hall columns will also be indicated on the floor plan.


Tuesday, July 30   9:00 a.m. - 12:00 midnight   Booth Set-up
    1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.   Exhibitor Registration
Wednesday, July 31   9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.   Career Fair & Exhibits Open
Thursday, Aug. 1   9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.   Career Fair & Exhibits Open
Friday, Aug. 2   9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.   Career Fair & Exhibits Open
    5:01 p.m. - 12:00 midnight   Exhibitor Dismantling/Removal

Click HERE to download the 2024 NABJ Exhibit Rules and Regulations

As a non-profit professional and educational organization, #NABJ24 greatly appreciates corporate and foundation support for its mission, goals, programs and activities. Acceptance by #NABJ24 of any financial or in-kind contribution from our partners or funders does not constitute an endorsement of their policies, products or services. It is understood and acknowledged there should be no expectation on the part of our partners or funders for any special treatment in news or media coverage which would be against journalism's ethical standards. Likewise, as we welcome input from our partners as we do from the community as a while, #NABJ24 retains final approval of all topics of discussion, selection of panel experts, speakers and other aspects of creative and editorial control regarding branded events, workshops and panels.


NABJ members and convention attendees are strongly encouraged to have updated COVID vaccination/boosters because proof of updated and current COVID vaccination/boosters may be required for entry into any and all sessions. By registering, you agree to abide by all rules and requirements that may be in place now or later which includes during the convention. You understand that refusal to adhere to rules and requirements may lead to immediate expulsion with no refund for registration or any event and activation. NABJ recommends the wearing of masks while reserving the right to mandate masks at any time.  You understand that rules are subject to change at NABJ's sole discretion. By registering for the convention, you understand that such gatherings may expose you to higher risks of contracting COVID and other viruses and that you accept that risk and do not hold NABJ liable for any adverse health conditions you or others may encounter.



As media-centric organizations, all NABJ events are subject to being photographed, video/audio-recorded, screen captured or live-streamed. Attendees, exhibitors, special guests, presenters, and partners of events may be captured via these formats. Full sessions and activities are subject to live-streaming and all such content is the sole property of NABJ to be used in any way NABJ determines to be appropriate.


In order to provide listed services and event access, NABJ may export your basic registration information to a secure convention vendor or partner (this includes name and email address but not financial or private information).

Exhibit Sales: Veronique Dodson at
Exhibit Booth Services: Alliance Exposition Services