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.
Summer Fields, AB'16
Assistant Community Manager/Engagement Coach, Hearken
Ms. Fields graduated from the College this year with a degree in sociology. Her senior thesis was on the perspectives of radio producers of color on diversifying public media. She's an assistant community manager at Hearken (where she got her start in March as an intern), an audience engagement startup founded by the creator of WBEZ's Curious City that enables journalists around the world to bring their audiences into the reporting process. She founded the Quad, a podcast collective where she trained other undergrads on how to produce audio stories about the UChicago world and beyond, and was a founding editorial member of the Radius, a student-produced podcast out of the Center for Gender and Sexuality at UChicago. She's continued independently producing since graduation. This summer, she worked with the Sociology department on a Metcalf grant to do an ethnography of the 2016 UChicago O-Week experience.
Jennifer Fisher, AB'07, M.S. in Journalism'08 (Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism)
Deputy Managing Editor, Crain National
Ms. Fisher graduated from the College in 2007 with a degree in English, then obtained a master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. At the College, she wrote for The Chicago Maroon, worked for the alumni magazine and ran cross-country and track and field. She now serves as deputy managing editor for Crain's National, a network of business newsletters launched by Crain Communications last year. Previously, she was a news editor for several editions of Pioneer Press, a suburban newspaper chain owned by the Chicago Tribune. She lives in Chicago with her husband, one-year-old son and basset hound.
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.
Tom Mullaney, AM'68, BA'66
President, TRM Communications
Mr. Mullaney graduated from the College with a degree in international relations. He served as the president of TRM Communications from 1985 to 2013. He is now a full-time freelance journalist with publishing credits in New York Times, Crain's, Chicago Magazine, Chicago Tribune and Chicago Health magazine. He lives in Chicago and remains an active member of the University community.
Rachel Wiseman, AB'12
Managing Editor, The Point Magazine
Rachel Wiseman is a managing editor at The Point, a magazine of philosophical writing on contemporary life and culture. She graduated from the College in 2012 with a degree in slavic languages.
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.