Journalism, Publishing, and Media Relations

This industry will focus on careers today that deal with narrative production and marketplace of ideas. As media moves increasingly online from print to digital, who are those that scout, author, edit, and help deliver stories and intellectual properties to the public, and what are the processes by which they do so? What is it like to work for a literary agency, newsroom, publishing house, or new media journalism start up? How can you use your writing, academic, and analytical skills in these careers? Discover answers to these questions and more through dialogue with alumni.

Panel Participants

Robert Levey, AB'66

Journalist and consultant

Mr. Levey is a prizewinning journalist who worked at The Washington Post for more than 36 years. He has also contributed to multiple radio and television stations as a commentator and talk-show host. His Post column, Bob Levey's Washington, appeared daily for twenty-three years, and was voted the best column in Washington nine times. Washingtonian Magazine named him Washingtonian of the Year in 1999 in recognition of the unprecedented amount he raised for charity through his column. He has been a journalism professor at six universities, runs a non-profit consulting practice that helps deserving organizations write accurately about what they do, and continues to speak across the country on journalism and current events. Currently, he writes columns for Senior Beacon Newspapers. In his spare time, he enjoys folk music and playing cards. He is a national bridge champion.

Timothy McGovern, AB'99, AM'01

Editor, O'Reilly Media

Mr. McGovern is a developmental and acquiring editor for technical manuscripts in the field of data science, with a focus on turning data into knowledge, knowledge into understanding, and understanding into action. He was with the University for nineteen years, where he worked at the Committee on the Ancient Mediterranean World (studying concepts of time in Hellenistic Judaism) and the University Press and served as a Resident Head for eleven years in Dodd-Mead House. He joined O'Reilly Media two years ago. He approaches publishing as one element in fostering communities of knowledge and pushing forward the practices of rhetoric, persuasion, and analysis. He fights for data science of equality and democracy, where algorithms of prediction do not become tools of imprisonment, and works for broad education and access to jobs in the field. He lives in Chicago but no matter where you meet him, he probably arrived by bike.

Andrew Moesel, AB'04

Director, Corporate Issues and Crisis Mgmt, Weber Shandwick

Mr. Moesel joined Weber Shandwick in 2014 as a member of the Corporate Issues and Crisis Management team, where he has worked with several Fortune 500 companies on some of their most difficult problems. Previously, he was the director of media and government affairs at Sheinkopf Communications, a boutique New York City-based public affairs firm. He is a veteran of many high profile New York City controversies, playing a significant role in the polarizing coverage of the "Ground Zero Mosque" and Mayor Bloomberg's Soda Ban. He has also worked on many local, national, and international political races. Before entering politics and public relations, he started his career by working for several small newspapers in different parts of the country. During his time at the University of Chicago, he served as the news editor of the Chicago Maroon and President of the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity.

Gretchen Young, AB'84, AM'84

Vice President and Executive Editor, Grand Central Publishing

Ms. Young graduated from the College in 1984 with both a AB and AM in Spanish language & literature. She went on to work in television in New York City, and then in publishing. She is currently a vice president and executive editor at Grand Central Publishing at the Hachette Book Group USA. She is the editor of over 6o New York Times bestsellers as well as award winning authors including Elizabeth Alexander, Oscar Hijuelos, Caroline Kennedy, George Carlin, Eric Schmidt, Jesse Klein, Congressman John Lewis, Ethan Hawke, Andy Borowitz, Tracey Ullman,Willie Geist, Tiger Woods, Caitlyn Jenner and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.