Whether you are looking for talented hires for your company, seeking to expose your products and services, or wanting to enhance your brand engagement, don’t miss the opportunity to exhibit at the 2018 AAJA National Convention Career Fair & Expo.

The Career Fair & Expo is a highlight of the AAJA National Convention, taking place at The Marriott Marquis Houston, August 9-10, 2018. Join an elite group of exhibitors and connect with our professional journalists, students and media executives. The 2018 Career Fair & Expo days and times are as follows:

  • Thursday, August 9, 9am – 6pm
  • Friday, August 10, 9am – 6pm


As an exhibitor, your booth package includes:

  • One (1) 10′ x 10′ booth
  • One (1) complimentary full convention registration
  • One (1) complimentary exhibitor registration
  • One (1) countertop table
  • Two (2) chairs
  • One (1) wastebasket
  • One (1) ID sign displaying the name of your company

WiFi access for up to two (2) users at your booth can be purchased for $100


Media Corporate (Non-Media) Nonprofit, Ethnic Media or Journalism School
Early Bird Deadline: April 30, 2018
Final Deadline: July 18, 2018
Premium Booth Space (Add-on to standard booth package)


We appreciate your interest in joining us at the 28th Annual AAJA National Convention in Houston, and hope to see you there! If you have any questions about the Career Fair & Expo, please contact Justin Seiter at justins@aaja.org or at 415-346-2015 ext. 107.


In addition to AAJA’s standard exhibitor booth package, Recruiter Plus is designed specifically for media organizations. This enhanced recruiter tool allows recruiters to preview the résumés of candidates interested in meeting with your organization, helping to maximize the recruiter’s time by allowing you the opportunity to schedule an onsite interview. The purchase also comes with five (5) complimentary job postings on AAJA’s Career Listings.

With Media Booth Purchase Recruiter Plus Only
Early Bird Deadline: April 30, 2018 $1,825 $1,000
Final Deadline: July 6, 2018 $2,075 $1,000

The final deadline to purchase Recruiter Plus is Friday, July 6. The Recruiter Plus add-on package can be purchased as a standalone option (click here), or with a media booth purchase (click here). Please note that the Recruiter Plus add-on is not available for purchase with a corporate (non-media) or nonprofit, ethnic journalism or journalism school booth purchase.


Traveling from out of town? The convention host hotel, The Houston Marriott Marquis, is offering convention attendees a special AAJA group rate of $159 per night (Wednesday, August 8 – Saturday, August 11) for single and double rooms. The deadline to book with the AAJA group rate is Monday, July 23. Reserve rooms for your exhibitors by clicking here.



AAJA is happy to work with your company or organization on sponsoring the 2018 AAJA National Convention. In addition to traditional sponsorship packages, AAJA is pleased to offer panels and workshops inside the Career Fair & Expo Hall space during exhibit hours this year. These panels and workshops are open to sponsorship opportunities. Please reach out to Justin Seiter at justins@aaja.org with questions.



Nothing shall be constructed, built, installed or used as part of or in connection with any exhibit that does not conform with the requirements of federal, state and municipal laws, ordinances, fire codes and regulations. AAJA retains the right to make additional rules and regulations as deemed necessary and proper.


Each 8- x 10-foot booth includes a draped countertop table, two chairs, waste basket and signage with the name of your company. Additional furniture, computer hookups, electrical outlets and internet access is not included and can be ordered through an exhibitor kit; details will be provided at a later date.


The exhibit space contracted for herein is to be used strictly by the Exhibitor whose name appears on the Contract for the space. It is specifically understood and agreed that the Exhibitor will neither sublet nor assign any portion of the space contracted for herein. Exhibitors who resell or sublet space or render their badges to unauthorized persons will forfeit their exhibit space and/or future privileges. Exhibitor must show only the goods and services they manufacture, distribute or provide in the regular course of business. No individual, company or organization not assigned exhibit space will be permitted to solicit business within the exhibit area. No exhibits or displays of any kind are permitted in rooms or suites.


Exhibitor agrees to indemnify and hold harmless AAJA from any and all liability to any person or persons of any conditions of the Rules and Regulations, or by any reason of any condition, defective or otherwise, of any apparatus, equipment or fixtures furnished by Exhibitor in connection with its exhibit. Exhibitor further agrees to hold harmless AAJA, its officers, directors, employees and members from any act or omission of said Exhibitor, or any of its agents, servants or employees. Indemnity includes, but is not limited to, claims or copyright, trademark or patent infringement, unfair competition and product liability. The Exhibitor, on submissions of the Career Fair & Expo Booth and Exhibitor Registration Form, expressly releases the forenamed association and individuals from any and all claim for such loss, damage or injury. Further, Exhibitor assumes the entire responsibility and liability for losses, damages and claims arising out of injury or damage to Exhibitor’s displays, equipment or other property brought upon the premises.


The aisles, passageways and overhead spaces remain strictly under control of AAJA, and no signs, decorations, banners, advertising matter or special exhibits will be permitted in them except by special permission granted by AAJA. All exhibits must remain within the confines of their own spaces.


AAJA will provide security during the hours the exhibit area is closed, but will have no liability for any loss or damage sustained by Exhibitor during such hours or any other time, whatever the cause.


Whenever possible, space assignments will be made by AAJA in keeping with the preferences specified by the Exhibitor. AAJA, however, reserves the right to make the final determination of all space assignments in the best interest of the exposition. AAJA reserves the right to alter the booth layout and location of the exhibit spaces, at its sole discretion, in the best interest of the exposition. Exhibit(s) must be confined to and within the space(s) leased.


Should any emergency arise prior to the opening date of the exhibit that would prevent its scheduled opening, including but not limited to acts of God, government authority, disaster, terrorist attack in the location of hotel, civil unrest or other emergencies, any of which make it inadvisable, illegal or impossible to provide the facilities for the exhibit halls, it is expressly understood and agreed that AAJA may reschedule the event as near to the original date and site as possible. AAJA may retain as much as the pre-payment for exhibit spaces as it deems necessary to cover expenses incurred should it be impossible to reschedule the conference. Regardless of the reason for cancellation or postponement of the convention, AAJA will not be held responsible for any loss by Exhibitor resulting therefrom.


Should Exhibitor utilize an exhibit contractor other than the Official Show Contractor, AAJA and Official Show Contractor will require a certificate of insurance and list of all workers’ names assigned and a signed EAC form, 30 days prior to event.


The Official Show Contractor shall handle all Exhibitor freight shipments within convention facility. The use of loading areas/docks will be limited to Official Show Contractor exclusively. Exhibitor may not hand carry exhibitory into the exhibit area through the “front of house” entrances. The use of dollies, hand trucks or wheeled carts by Exhibitor in common areas, services areas, or on the exhibit floor is prohibited.


The exhibiting of products and services does not constitute an endorsement by AAJA of any product or service exhibited. Exhibitors are not permitted to represent in any manner that its goods or services have been endorsed by AAJA.


Exhibitor must use exposition management-appointed contractors for electrical work, plumbing, material handling, rigging, cleaning, standard show rental furniture and floor covering, and telephones. Official show contractors are recommended for other services. Order forms are provided in the exhibitor kit.


Exhibitor is liable for any damage caused to building floors, walls or columns, or to standard booth equipment, or to another exhibitor’s property or the convention venue.


Set-up for exhibitors will take place the afternoon of Wednesday, August 8. Exact times are TBD. Dismantling will take place the evening of Friday, August 10. Exact times are TBD.


All requests for refunds must be submitted in writing to the AAJA National Office (5 Third Street, #1108, San Francisco, CA 94103), and received on or before 4 p.m. PST July 13, 2018. A $150 fee will be deducted from booth cancellations. No refunds after July 13, 2018. No refund requests by phone. There will be no exceptions.


AAJA believes that our events should be open to all members and AAJA guests. We’re committed to providing a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all, regardless of race, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity or religion.

This code of conduct outlines our expectations for attendees' behavior at AAJA national and local events as well as the consequences of unacceptable behavior. We expect all participants (speakers, attendees, staff and other guests) to abide by this code of conduct at all event venues and event-related social functions.

Expected Behavior

First and foremost, treat everyone with respect. Participate while acknowledging that everyone deserves respectful treatment, and that every participant has the right to enjoy their experience at AAJA without fear of harassment or discrimination.
•    Be considerate, respectful and collaborative.
•    Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behavior and speech.
•    Immediately inform AAJA’s executive director or the president in person, by phone or e-mail if you experience a distressful situation.
•    Many AAJA events are shared with members of the public; please be respectful to all patrons of these locations.   

Unacceptable Behavior

Unacceptable behavior includes, but is not limited to: intimidating, threatening, harassing, abusive, discriminatory, derogatory, demeaning or disorderly conduct, or possession, use, or distribution of any illegal substances. AAJA does not tolerate the use or abuse of illegal substances at any of the venues where AAJA events are held.  
Harassing conduct can take many forms and may include, but is not limited to, the following: slurs, offensive jokes, statements, gestures, photographs, drawings, cartoons or pictures, assault, impeding or blocking another's movement or otherwise physically interfering with activities, conducting unwanted audio or visual recordings, violating someone's “personal space,” engaging in leering, stalking, staring, intimidating or threatening behavior, or making offensive communications such as in the form of emails, telephone calls, voicemails,  text messages or social media.
Sexually harassing conduct in particular may include all of these prohibited actions, as well as other unwelcome conduct, such as requests for sexual favors, conversation containing sexual comments, physical contact, lewd or offensive behavior or language, and other unwelcome sexual advances. Sexually harassing conduct can be by a person of either the same or opposite sex.  

AAJA reserves the right in its sole discretion to determine what constitutes unacceptable behavior. 

Consequences of Unacceptable Behavior

Unacceptable behavior will not be tolerated whether by other attendees, media, speakers, or venue staff. Anyone asked to stop engaging in unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately.

If a participant engages in unacceptable behavior, AAJA may take any action we deem appropriate, up to and including immediate expulsion without warning from the event and without refund of any registration or other fees, and revocation of your membership in AAJA.

Local Events

This code of conduct applies to all participants at all AAJA events, including chapter events. Any concerns should be reported to the local chapter president and/or national staff or president. Please immediately notify security staff and/or AAJA executive director or president as soon as possible, in person, by phone or e-mail. 

What to Do If You Witness or Are Subject to Unacceptable Behavior

Speak up! Harassment will not be tolerated at AAJA. 

If you are subject to unacceptable behavior, notice that someone else is being subject to unacceptable behavior, or have any other concerns, please immediately notify security staff and/or AAJA executive director or president as soon as possible, in person, by phone or e-mail. Please also notify appropriate law enforcement if necessary.

AAJA will be available to help participants contact venue security or local law enforcement, to provide escorts, or to otherwise assist those experiencing unacceptable behavior to feel safe for the duration of the event.

QUESTIONS? Contact Justin Seiter, justins@aaja.org, (415) 346-2051, ext. 107