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Jerry Gibbs - Communication Faculty
It's a busy day at Curry College's Hirsh Communication Center. Students are putting the finishing touches on news stories, soap opera scripts and movie screenplays. Others are preparing to anchor "Curry Prime Time Report" from the CC8 studios.
And in the background Communication Department co-chair, Professor Jerry Gibbs keeps a watchful eye on the organized chaos, in one of the key media centers on campus.
"This is our incubator," says Gibbs. "It's where students get to feel the adrenaline rush of what it's like to work on-deadline in a real media environment."
A student rushes over to have a script reviewed. "Looks good!" exclaims Gibbs, and it is rushed into the TelePrompter for immediate use.
Gibbs' television and video career is vast and diversified. He started as a disc jockey at a small Worcester, Mass. radio station and worked his way up to television news where he has been employed in virtually every position.
"You name it, I've probably done it: photographer, reporter, anchor, News Director...a lot of hats," laughs Gibbs.
His resume also includes production and writing work with FOX television's "America's Most Wanted," public relations with "Disney on Ice," corporate video producing, movie set-PA, and working as a home page editor at WashingtonPost.com.
All of those positions have prepared him well for the media upheaval now going on.
"What I love most about video is the ever-changing uses for the skill set," says Gibbs. "Today video is the key source of information and entertainment on the Internet, and it is giving this generation of students hundreds of new employment choices."
One of the areas Gibbs is particularly interested in is the ability to live stream news events as they happen. He recently shared in an Associated Press award for multimedia reporting after providing a live stream of a Medal of Honor ceremony from the White House in Washington, D.C.
When not in Hirsh, you might find him teaching an intensive course for students in Hollywood or rushing to a meeting as a board member for the regional Emmy chapter.
"My goal is to keep Curry on the cutting edge in the TV, Video and Film industries. Whether our students want to work in Boston, New York, Los Angeles or somewhere in between, they'll be ready. You can count on that."
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