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Friday, August 10 • 9:00am - 10:30am
Training Day: Entertainment Reporting 101

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How do you go about building sources on the red carpet and on movie sets? What skills do you need in order to thrive as an entertainment reporter? And how many hours of TV and movies should you be consuming to qualify? A panel of experts will weigh in to talk about being movie critics or breaking celebrity news. They reflect on skills acquired from interviewing celebrities, insights into how entertainment reporting can vary from other types of journalism, the dearth of Asian representation in this specific area of work, geeking out about pop culture and how that informs their work, and their views on #OscarsSoWhite and other sorts of activism in the entertainment world.

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Cary Darling

Features/Entertainment General Assignment Writer, Houston Chronicle
Cary Darling began his career as a writer for Billboard Magazine in Los Angeles before moving to newspapers where he was an arts writer/editor for the Orange County Register, Miami Herald, and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. He has been at the Houston Chronicle since November 2017... Read More →
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Ashley Lee

Entertainment Reporter, Freelance
Ashley is an Los Angeles-based entertainment reporter and critic who specializes in film and theater coverage. She recently worked for five years as an editor at The Hollywood Reporter, out of its New York bureau, and just completed the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's National Critics... Read More →
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Deborah Sengupta Stith

Music Writer, Austin American-Statesman
For almost 15 years, Deborah has been haunting bars, trudging through festival grounds and hanging out in sweaty flop houses to collect stories about the Austin music scene.
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Diep Tran

Senior Editor, American Theatre
Diep Tran is currently the senior editor of American Theatre magazine. In 2014, Diep led the creation and launch of AmericanTheatre.org, the first official website for the magazine. Her writing has also appeared in the New York Times, Playbill, Time Out New York, Hello Giggles, and... Read More →

Friday August 10, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am CDT
Fort Bend 1777 Walker St, Houston, TX 77010