Contributor

Julia Allison

Journalist

Julia Allison, 30, is a journalist, tv personality, internet entrepreneur, public speaker, and unabashed social media junkie.

During 2011 Allison’s weekly advice column, “Social Studies,” examined the impact of technology and social media on culture. Syndicated by Tribune Media Services, it ran in newspapers around the world.

Formerly, she wrote columns for AM New York and Time Out New York, and was the Editor-at-Large for Star magazine. She has also written for Newsweek, New York magazine, The Guardian UK, Cosmo, Maxim, Teen Vogue, Page Six magazine, The New York Post, and Nerve.com.

A veteran on-camera commentator, Allison has made over 1,000 appearances on every major network, including NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox, CNN, MSNBC, FoxNews, E!, VH1, and MTV. Since 2009, she’s been an on-air correspondent for NBC's New York NonStop, covering New York Fashion Week.

Allison has provided commentary for dozens of shows, including The Today Show, CBS’ Early Show, Chelsea Lately, CNN's Reliable Sources, Access Hollywood, Showbiz Tonight, Fox&Friends, Glenn Beck, The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, Hannity & Colmes, G4’s Attack of the Show, MTV's It's On with Alexa Chung and Fox’s Morning Show with Mike & Juliet.

A leading force in new media & web 2.0, Allison is the co-founder of NonSociety.com, a lifecasting platform that was selected as a 2009 Official Webby Honoree. She’s been hired by companies like Unilever, Microsoft, A&E and The Learning Annex and universities including MIT's Sloan School of Business, University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and Harvard Business School to speak on new media, personal branding, marketing & entrepreneurship.  Brands such as Sony, BING, Kodak, Cico, Axe, Caress, Degree and Seaworld have hired Allison as a celebrity spokesperson, talent endorser and expert for a variety of campaigns. A regular panelist at tech & media conferences around the world, she relishes the copious use of nametags.

A social media addict, she has two laptops, a desktop, an iPad & an iPhone along with two Facebook profiles, four Twitter handles, a Myspace page, a LinkedIn account, a Flickr feed, four Tumblrs, three Movable Type blogs, one Wordpress, two Vimeos, one Quora account, two YouTube channels and a photogenic white shih-tzu named Lilly who – yep – tweets (@Lillydog).

In the midst of college, Allison worked on a high profile congressional campaign, later becoming the youngest legislative correspondent on Capitol Hill during the 107th Congress. After graduating Georgetown with a spectacularly unprofitable degree in political science in 2004, she provided occasional on-air election commentary during the 2004 race and was simultaneously rejected for a job at Bath & Body Works.

Her father is still waiting for her to get a “real job with health insurance.”