Journalism Alum Tom Giglio Returns to “Give Back” to SUNY Purchase

264ec56It’s been a decade since Tom Giglio (Class of 2003) was a student in the Purchase journalism program. A decade! And he’s got a laundry list of impressive war stories to tell about his career in television since he graduated as a political science/journalism double major.

On Thursday he came back to tell those stories to students in my Journalism 1 class, and Professor Breen’s Journalism class too.

“I wanted to give back,” said Tom, who now works as a freelance casting producer under the banner of Just A Giglio Productions. He’s worked at Brooklyn Community Access Television, Court TV, ABC News, and been involved in  some great shows including House Hunters International, which impressed the heck out of me and the students in my class.(Who knew students watched shows about house-buying!)

He had some great advice about the hustle of getting freelance gigs in television. “Clean up your social media,” he said, reminding students that employers will Google search potential employees and interns to check out their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

And he recommended having no website over a crappy website. I think his site is pretty great. He made it himself using iWeb.

Tom in classTom was frank about the low pay you often have to put up with when starting out in television work and talked about his early days having to babysit on weekends to make ends meet.

He had nothing but great things to say about Purchase, the journalism and political science boards of study.

It was great to have him back.

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One response to “Journalism Alum Tom Giglio Returns to “Give Back” to SUNY Purchase

  1. There are some interesting points in time in this article but I dont know if I see all of them center to heart. There is some validity but I will take hold opinion until I look into it further. Good article , thanks and we want more! Added to FeedBurner as well

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