Magazine, news and digital journalism students get the gift of the Glavin Trip in NYC

By Kate Kozuch

January 22, 2019

16 students, 43 industry professionals, 10 publications and three days in New York City made for a defining professional development experience.

Over three blustery days in early January, 16 Newhouse magazine, news and digital journalism [MND] students met with editors at magazines in New York City for a crash course in the current state of the magazine industry—and the prospects for employment come graduation.

Over the course of the annual Glavin Benchmark trip, led by professors Melissa Chessher and Jim Shahin, students jammed into elevators, braved bitter city winds and squeezed into subways  to visit with editors at legacy and digital-only publications, such as Business Insider, Buzzfeed, Time, Fortune, Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Cosmopolitan and Food Network. Crammed around tables in corporate meeting rooms, the students gained insight into the lives of magazine professionals and an understanding of the steps necessary to land that first job after graduation. The annual event is made possible by a generous donation from Stacey Mindich and her husband, Eric. Mindich is a Newhouse alumna and a former student of the late Professor William A. Glavin, for whom the trip is named.

Flexibility, the students learned, is crucial in today’s fast-changing media environment, with many alumni doing jobs that may not have existed 10 or even five years ago.

“Think about your brand as an agent of change in culture,” said Erin Hobday ’03, executive managing editor at Elle and Town & Country.

Today’s digital environment creates opportunities, students were told. “The lucky thing about being born in the internet era is that you make your own breaks,” said Eric Gillin ’99, chief business officer of the lifestyle division at Condé Nast. Gillin’s professional trajectory—which started in 2003 after he and several friends launched the Black Table, a digital magazine created to showcase the talents of young journalists—personifies his ethos of adapting to digital trends.

The pace, students discovered, is intense. “I write five stories, sometimes 10, a day and think of my job as having a deadline every hour,” said Emma Baty ’17, a news writer at Cosmopolitan.

The trip offered more than marathon office visits. Every student received personalized résumé critiques from industry professionals and attended a panel discussion featuring several recent graduates. Alumni working at Seventeen, Popsugar, Buzzfeed, The Points Guy, Thrillist, Jetsetter, InStyle, The Week, Adventure Publishing Group and Mashable gave advice on everything from negotiating salaries to seeking out mentors. The group also attended an alumni networking event at Stout-NYC that attracted more than 70 guests.

After three days filled with industry insights, networking opportunities and enthusiasm for the MND program, the Newhouse students left New York City with gratitude and optimism in mind.

“I’m so grateful to Newhouse and the magazine department for providing me and my fellow talented students with such an incredible opportunity,” said senior Rachel Day. “The Glavin Trip has doubled my excitement to enter the magazine industry once I graduate.”

Kate Kozuch is a senior magazine major at the Newhouse School.