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Lauren Young

Lauren Young (MSJ93)

Editor of Digital Special Projects at Reuters
Lauren Young

Why did you choose Medill?

I majored in English as an undergrad, and I thought it would be a good idea to get a journalism degree, in case I ever wanted to teach. I choose Medill for its reputation -- and I always wanted to live in Chicago. I sent my application the day I left to go work at an advertising agency in Hungary. I ended up deferring my admission for six months.

What is your fondest memory of your time at Medill?

Falling in love with The Wall Street Journal in George Harmon's Business Journalism class.

What was your greatest achievement or best experience?

After George Harmon's class, I wanted to work for The Wall Street Journal. Within two months of graduation, I was published in the paper because I was hired by Medill alumnus Michael Pollock at Dow Jones.

How has your Medill training helped you in your career so far? Are there skills or lessons you learned at Medill that you still use today?

I'm a stickler for good grammar, and I can spot a typo from a mile away.

How have you tapped into the Medill network in your career?

Every day. I was hired by a Medill alum, and I, in turn, have hired many Medill grads. I even sit between two Medill grads at work. And I'm a proud externship host. I just had Erica Snow, a rising junior, shadowing me for the day at my office last week.