Danielle Tullo ’15 – Writing Her own Future as Senior Lifestyle Editor at House Beautiful

Danielle Tullo ’15 – Writing Her own Future as Senior Lifestyle Editor at <em>House Beautiful</em>

When Danielle Tullo ’15 arrived at Fairfield, she was sure she would leave with a degree from the Dolan School of Business.

After all, she had chosen the University because of the school’s stellar national reputation and its proximity to the best business internships New York City has to offer.

But she found herself spending less time at the Dolan School and more time “running up that hill” to a slew of humanities courses and her eventual degree in English.

“Writing was always my passion and a thing I loved to do,” explained the New Jersey native about switching majors. “I was forcing something that wasn’t there.”

She clearly made the right decision: Just three years out of Fairfield, Tullo was recently promoted to senior lifestyle editor at House Beautiful. In fact, she has been a key player on the team that relaunched the magazine’s digital side in July, bringing a fresh new look and features to the magazine’s increasingly important online presence.

The hustle is crazy. You need to be a one-woman band. You need to do a little of everything.

Tullo’s writing career began while she was still at Fairfield. During her junior year, she launched a chapter of Her Campus at Fairfield University, the number one online community for college women — conceived at Harvard University — that gives student journalists across the nation space to write about everything from style and beauty to careers and relationships.

Her chapter earned about 100,000 pageviews a week.

That same year, she took a feature writing class; encouragement from the professor and her classmates helped cement Tullo’s belief that she could make it as a professional writer. She credits Fairfield’s small class size for allowing her opportunities to interact one-on-one with professors, many of whom are also authors.

The summer before her senior year, Tullo won a plum internship with Cosmopolitan. When the internship ended, she made sure to keep in touch and maintain a relationship with the powers that be at the magazine. Her savvy plan paid off and by second semester senior year, she was a production assistant working three days in New York City… and serving as Cosmo’s weekend social editor from her Fairfield beach house.

Did we mention she was also taking a full slate of classes? “Senior year was absolutely insane!” she said, laughing.

Tullo’s strong work ethic and organizational skills paid off when she was offered a full-time editorial assistant job on the Cosmo team.

“I literally started the day after graduation,” she said.

Immersing herself in the social side of the magazine’s operations, Tullo worked to hone Cosmo’s look and feel on Facebook, SnapChat, and other social platforms. In 2016, she launched Cosmo Bites, a Facebook page that grew so fast it doubled the site’s food and beverage traffic.

“The digital side of it really drew me in,” said Tullo, who now resides in Hoboken. “I think it’s really cool how we can connect with readers.”

At House Beautiful, based in midtown Manhattan’s landmark Hearst Tower, Tullo’s typical work week would seem daunting to some. Recently she previewed Target’s new home line, took readers inside This is Us star Mandy Moore’s ultra-luxe digs, and explained — in detail — the seven horrifying things that can happen when a housefly becomes your housemate.

“Spoiler alert: You should never eat anything a fly lands on,” wrote Tullo, who interviewed two exterminators for that particularly memorable piece.

In coming months, Fairfield University friends will be able to catch Tullo in front of the camera in House Beautiful‘s new series of YouTube videos, some of which she’ll host.

“The hustle is crazy,” she said. “You need to be a one-woman band. You need to do a little of everything.”

In what little spare time she has, Tullo, who had a concentration in creative writing, makes sure to carve out space to do a little feature writing on the internet.

“I’m not writing a novel… yet.”