Good news on the job front

The economy is reeling, news organizations are contracting, and journalists are losing their jobs.  At first glance, you’d think this would be a terrible time to look for a job in news.  But there’s a silver lining if you’re a new journalism grad, according to Ernie Sotomayor of Columbia’s J. School:

Part of it is we have so many companies laying off and getting rid of reporters at bigger costs and they are hiring reporters at lower salaries, at the beginning of their careers.

Editor and Publisher reports that the school’s annual job fair, scheduled for next weekend, has drawn more recruiters than ever.  But only 18 of the 110 employers participating are newspapers.  Most are online, TV and magazine companies.  The job fair is open only to Columbia students, but you can see the list of companies that are hiring here.