Journalism & Media: An Inside Scoop

a discussion with University of Chicago Alumni, March 19 - 23, 2018

What is the future of Journalism and Media in a digital and cynical age? How do you prepare for a career in a rapidly changing industry? What does a day in the life of a media professional look like?

KEYNOTE  | 3.20


PANEL | 3.21


NETWORK | 3.22

Online, 12 - 1pm CT

Register Here


Online, 12 - 1pm CT

Register Here


Online, 12 - 1pm CT

Register Here

Join alumni professionals, including Pulitzer Prize winners and journalists with major TV and print outlets, in this weeklong event of webinars, panel discussions, and networking as we delve into these industry questions and more. Whether you are beginning your career, looking to move into a new one, or curious about an industry that affects us all, bring your best questions and join the discussion.
  • watch a keynote and panel discussion on the future of the journalism and media industry;
  • read exclusive insights from well-respected alumni working in the industry on AlumniU; and
  • network with peers across graduation years, schools, and divisions.



Log on to AlumniU to read exclusive insights from well-respected alumni working in the journalism industry or to watch the videos of the Keynote and Panel any time after the broadcasts. Need assistance? Email alumniu@uchicago.edu.

Keynote: Journalism and Media: An Inside Scoop

Tal Kopan, CNN Politics Reporter

In her remarks, Tal will trace the route of her career, drawing from lessons learned along the way. Tal often says, while it is easy to draw a straight line backward through her career, retroactively understanding how each step led to another, it’s impossible to have the same kind of clarity looking forward. Still, the wins (and the setbacks) have been instructive on what does and doesn’t work in advancing your career.

Tal will also discuss the skills that are especially important in journalism today. While writing and reporting tend to be the most visible form of journalism; the aspects of editing, producing and working in the newsroom are critical elements of this multifaceted industry. Tal will draw from her years of experience in various positions to share the skills that are unique to certain roles, as well as the skills broadly that every journalist should have.

She will also happily take questions – so come ready with what you want to know.

tal-kopanTal Kopan is a political reporter for CNN Politics, where she covers immigration, cybersecurity and other hot-button issues in Washington. During the 2016 election, Kopan served as a breaking news reporter, covering top stories from delegate battles at the political conventions to the Donald Trump presidential transition.
Prior to joining the network, Kopan was a reporter for POLITICO in Washington, D.C., where she reported for their breaking news team and policy verticals. Most recently, she was a reporter for POLITICO Pro Cybersecurity, where she covered cybersecurity policymaking on Capitol Hill and followed cyber-related issues in the Justice Department such as cybercrime. On the breaking news team, Kopan covered campaigns as well as state political trends.
Kopan also previously worked as a Web producer at Fox Chicago News and as a freelance Web producer at ABC 7 Chicago, where she spent time covering stories such as the trials of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and the election of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Kopan was selected as a 2014-2015 National Press Foundation Paul Miller Fellow and a member of the 2015 class of Journalist Law School at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. She was also the recipient of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Midwest Chapter's 2008 Ephraim Family Scholarship.
Kopan graduated with honors from the University of Chicago with a bachelor's in law, letters and society.

Panel: Journalism and Media Discussion

Joy Crane, AB'15, Reporter, New York Magazine
Daniel Nassaw, AB'68, Pulitzer Prize winner for Explanatory Reporting
Daniel Hertzberg, AB'02, Washington bureau editor, Wall Street Journal

Student moderator: Adam Thorp, the current Maroon editor-in-chief

Join us for a panel discussion featuring veteran journalists and up and coming writers as they share insight on the dynamic field of journalism and media. Read on to learn more about our panelists!
Joy Crane, AB'15, Reporter, New York Magazine
rsz_1joyJoy Crane is a staff reporter at New York Magazine, covering technology, business, and national politics. She is also a rather insistent fact-checker, working along side award-winning feature writers such as Andrew Sullivan, David Wallace-Wells and Max Read. Previously with the Financial Times, Joy was head book researcher on FT Columnist & Managing Editor of Gillian Tett's best-seller The Silo Effect (Simon&Schuster 2015). She recevied the Robert Novak Prize for her six-part investigative series on campus sexual assault in 2013.
Joy graduated from the University of Chicago, where she served as the Editor-in-Chief of both The Chicago Maroon and the investigative journal, Greycity Magazine.

Daniel Hertzberg, AB'68, Pulitzer Prize winner for Explanatory Reporting
danhertzberg_headshotDan Hertzberg is a retired journalist.  His long career included 32 years at The Wall Street Journal, where he held jobs including reporter, National Editor, Deputy Managing Editor and Senior Deputy Managing Editor.  He later supervised coverage of global financial news at Bloomberg News.  He is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize.

Dan has served as a member of the Alumni Board of Governors and chair of the Advisory Committee on the College and Student Activities and has been active in his reunions. Dan is married to Barbara Kantrowitz and they have two grown sons, Michael  AB’04  JD’11 and Benjamin, a scientist.

Daniel Nasaw, AB'02, Washington bureau editor, Wall Street Journal
webp.net-resizeimageDaniel was born and raised in New York City, where he attended public schools and studied classical violin at Mannes College of Music.  At the University of Chicago, he majored in Philosophy-Intensive Track, focusing on the existential writings of Martin Husserl and Martin Heidegger.  He also studied Italian, winning a grant to take summer classes in Rome.  He DJed house music on WHPK radio and at parties in Hyde Park, and wrote for and later edited the Chicago Weekly News, an independent alternative to the Maroon.
Daniel’s career in the news business has taken him across the United States, affording him the opportunity to interview characters from Barack Obama, to Quincy Jones, to a Native American holy man. He has reported from the cockpit of an F/A 18 Hornet 15,000 feet in the sky, a pornography shoot in a Toronto hotel room, the White House and the halls of Congress, murder scenes, and everywhere in between.

In his spare time, Daniel plays guitar in a rock band and now and then pecks away at a novel. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, an analyst with the federal government.

Adam Thorp, former editor-in-chief, The Chicago Maroon
adam-thorp-photoAdam Thorp was the editor in chief for the Chicago Maroon, the University of Chicago's student newspaper for a year-long term that ended last month. Under his leadership, the paper launched an online classifieds portal, a popular twice-weekly email newsletter, a set of podcasts, committed to an increased focus on impactful reporting. He spent last summer reporting for Injustice Watch, a non-profit criminal justice non-profit, and the summer before that fact-checking the 2016 presidential campaign at PolitiFact. He is a graduating fourth year studying history at the University of Chicago.


Network: Journalism and Media Online Speed-Networkinguchicago-connect-1-

Advance your career and build your UChicago network-all online.

The text-based conversations of UChicago Connect facilitates networking with UChicago alumni from around the world in an hour of speed networking about the field of journalism and media. Join fellow University of Chicago graduates to:
  • share your experiences,
  • talk about the journalism colloquium,
  • see who is hiring or find new UChicago talent,
  • exchange industry tips and insight,
  • and build your professional network -- all online!

It's free, it's for only an hour and it's fun!
You can join in on any device a computer, tablet or smartphone from anywhere you have internet: your work, on the train, at a coffee shop or the airport. Join us for fast convenient networking.