JR Tungol

Social and Digital Marketing Manager, Billboard and the Hollywood Reporter

Tungol started his post-Medill career as a writer for the Huffington Post, then got a job with MTV and now works as the social and digital marketing manager at Billboard and the Hollywood Reporter.  At MTV, Tungol worked as the social media editor and coordinator for LogoTV at MTV Networks, which  ranges from posting content on all of the network's editorial, brand and TV show social media properties, live-tweeting shows and events to coming up with fun and creative ways to engage the audience through social media.

“A lot of it feels like marketing and strategy where we have different weekly meetings with pretty much everyone from editors to show producers and we talk about the news cycle, programming, etc., so I'm constantly staying on top of that, thinking of ways to get our brand and its various properties out there, whether working with our talent and filming quick videos for Vine or running a sweepstakes,” Tungol says.

Tungol remembers fondly his days at Medill, he says because of the close friends he made, and because “it was exciting to be a part of such an amazing group of classmates who were passionate about telling stories.” “ That, coupled with the rigorous "methods bootcamp" schedule -- learning writing, video, photo skills, you name it, all in 10/11 weeks -- I knew I had caught the journalism bug,” he adds. “But when my professors validated my work, said I have potential in this field, that meant the world to me as a career switcher and that pretty much set the pace to where I'm at now in my career.”

In his current role, Tungol says, he has to be the voice of the brand on social media, which means understanding the audience and how best to engage them.

“When I graduated from Medill and started working, it was intimidating at first, but I realized that I was fully equipped to do the job. I was like, ‘Shoot. I can do this!’ Honestly, I think the Medill Chicago newsroom is tougher than the real world!”