Laura Schocker (BSJ08, MSJ09) is executive editor of Real Simple magazine. She was previously managing editor of Healthy Living at The Huffington Post, where she oversaw the vertical’s daily operations. She edited and wrote articles covering various health-related topics, such as nutrition, fitness, sleep, happiness and meditation, among others. Her responsibilities also included tracking reader traffic, managing social media platforms, staying up-to-date on health news and coordinating longer-term projects.
One of the most valuable lessons she learned at Medill is the ability to come up with tons of ideas, and to know how to effectively package a story. At Medill, she also formed a network of amazing people are still an important part of her life — classmates who have turned into colleagues, advisers and friends, as well as professors who have become mentors, she says.
Her favorite Medill memory is definitely the magazine publishing project. With a small group of classmates she produced a prototype of a magazine focusing on family adventure travel, called Pack. “It was a true-to-life microcosm of what it’s like to work in publishing, and I learned many lessons that have translated to my jobs after graduation,” says Schocker. “I also remain close friends with many of the people from that project, and several of us have even worked together in the ‘real world.’ “
And though it wasn’t technically on campus, she also has found memories from Medill’s Global Residency, an optional quarter during which she interned at the BBC in London. “Working as a journalist in another country was a great opportunity to bring together all of the skills I learned at Medill, preparing me for my first full-time job in New York City.”