A Day in the Life of the Chicago Tribune Intern- Mady Johnston

This internship has taught me ways that marketing can be fun and interactive!

My name is Mady and I am a senior interning for Tribune Events Group at the Chicago Tribune. My role as an Event Production intern includes planning and producing events fpicor Chicago Tribune, Chicago magazine, RedEye, and TribNation. These brands that fall under the Tribune Company umbrella all target different audiences. My Event Marketing team creates custom events and produces in all eight of the Tribune Company’s markets, including: Chicago, Los Angeles, Orlando, and Baltimore.

The Tribune Company recently divided into Tribune Media and Tribune Publishing. Tribune Media remains in charge of broadcasting and digital assets. Tribune Publishing is the division that takes full responsibility for the newspaper and print parts of the company. The Marketing & Events department falls into Tribune Publishing.

On a daily basis I work with sponsors, create event social media plans, contact clients, coordinate event staffing and run the Tribune Events Group social media handles. My job is interesting because I am not marketing a physical product, but am marketing the events that we produce. Tribune Publishing created Tribune Events Group to make the print publications more engaging. Therefore, by marketing these specialized events to target audiences we hope to retain newspaper and print customers.

In October 2014, we created a custom event for Mattress Firm entering the Chicagoland market. My team invited the Guinness Book of World Records to come record and watch as we broke the world record for the highest mattress stack outside Tribune Tower. You can see a photo from the event above with Benny the Bull and Staley Da Bear. They both came to cheer us on! It was fun to market Mattress Firm as a company through our event and watch the results through social media responses and sales. This internship has taught me ways that marketing can be fun and interactive! I would definitely recommend this position to anyone looking to go into marketing, public relations, or event planning.

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