Susan Moskop began pursuing a degree in psychology, later realizing she was destined for a much more innovative career. It was then, Moskop decided to pursue a journalism degree at the School of Communication at Loyola University Chicago.
“I’ve always liked to write, just active writing. I actually started out as a psych major and I was like I’m too creative for this, I can’t do this, but I also wanted to help people. So journalism was a way for me to kind of put a creative spin on helping people and interacting with people,” she said.
Moskop, 23, graduated from Loyola in May 2015, declaring journalism major with a digital and visual focus and a minor in visual communication.
Today, Moskop is an assistant editor in a features department at the Chicago Tribune, she is in charge of photos for the entertainment department and online producing.
“One thing I’ve learned is that there’s always going to be fires to put out throughout the day, there’s always going to be things, you can’t just come into the office and expect you’re going to do this, and this, and you’re going to be done. Someone’s going to need help, so it’s always very hard to tell people what I do because it’s an all hands-on-deck type of thing,” she said.
While at Loyola, Moskop enrolled in journalism courses which allowed her to work alongside various professors.
“Professor Patty Lamberti just had a great spirit and I think was the first person to really make me feel – she actually made a comment on one of my papers, she was like ‘this sentence, this is your voice’ – and I totally agreed, it kind of developed from that and I started to develop my voice as a writer,” she said.
Moskop became the Managing Editor for Loyola’s Mosaic Magazine.
“Professor Jessica Brown taught me so much, and I was the managing editor for her at Mosaic Magazine and after that class it was a sort of like no going back point for me, it was my first sort of publication that I really had power over, so that was really empowering,” she said.
“Professor John Slania I appreciate much because he’s so wise and connected and he has so much to do with where I am now, so great,” Moskop said.
Her visual communications minor prepared her to handle entertainment sectors, as she is able to visualize photos, manage videos, graphics, and work with Photoshop on a daily basis.
Moskop began as the Assistant News Editor for the Loyola Phoenix, transitioning into the Closer Look Editor. Shortly after, she worked as the Editorial Assistant at Michigan Avenue Magazine. Then Moskop became the Editorial Intern at Splash. As her professional experience developed, she finally took an internship position at the Tribune’s Blue-Sky Innovation, thus opening the door to where she is today.
“Confidence is key. It’s easier said than done and it’s something I work on every day. But I think if you just start every day reminding yourself of that it’s super important,” she said. “I worked very hard to get here but I also feel very lucky to be a part of the world’s greatest newspaper, the Chicago Tribune. I’m proud of the work that we do and I feel that we have a strong moral standard and that’s something that I can’t abandon. ”
BY MARISOL SALGADO