The Challenges Of Entertainment Journalism

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Journalistic mediums (the media and blogs) are essential parts of the entertainment industry in Los Angeles.

In a world of parties, and more parties, galas and more galas, which celebs are always privy to, what is so hard to spot is the relationship which editors share with these celebs in question. I mean, these celebs are there in the parties in the flesh but even then they don’t really build opportunities for themselves, or their private lives much. Is it something that’s going to be overwhelmingly visible to the naked eye? I guess not.

Sure, one enthusiastic interview or the other pops up every now and then (on the cover of a magazine, or inside its pages) by some random reporter but that could just mean that the reporter is more excited to interview that particular celeb in question, rather than perhaps Madonna — it doesn’t demonstrate any personal equation whatsoever so no cushy relationship with the media then for that celeb in question (?), despite the reporter getting so excited regarding his/her interview. Going by tone is great indeed, esp. when the reporter doing the interview is a reporter worth tuning into, for a change, but when the identifiable margins are so thin it’s so much easier to just give it a miss. Seriously, what’s on my agenda there? Slate the interview as nothing even remotely exciting, and get busy watching reruns of my favourite music videos on MTV, for the billionth time — great alternative.

It’s a mystery how these celebs survive in Hollywood, when they don’t have a cushy relationship with the media or blogs, for that matter because coverage is necessary for celebs. But if there is regular coverage for years, why is there no relationship that happens behind the scenes, or at parties? A film critic has reviewed films for years, for example, but made no friends in the entertainment industry? Another good example: an entertainment reporter has reported for years from the Golden Globes but made no good friends in the entertainment industry? What is happening to the world?

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Wouldn’t it be great if we could always get the chance to see celebs building real relationships with entertainment journalists, or entertainment bloggers, just like perhaps fellow stars? Are they ungrateful to entertainment journalists and entertainment bloggers? I think not. Are they artificial? Well, yes. Maybe they, as a bunch sometimes, just grossly lack people skills…how sad!

I think I should dream more that some legendary interviewer or the other will descend down from their high horse and be really excited about interviewing selected celebs because it’s a part of their job and they’re so psyched about it. As a blogger, I can’t think in a direction which suggests that dream of mine is only just a dream because how can a journalist, or a blogger be any other way?

I would like to imagine it’s physically impossible for them to be any other way because celebs or no celebs, profiles or interviews, every part of a journalist, or a blogger’s job is very amazing and personally fulfilling. And how crazy does that sound: an entertainment reporter is there at the Golden Globes (in the flesh), just like all those celebs who are there too (this year) but then no good friendships are happening with major stars, or no major journalist is building a friendship with a major star. And this happens for years, for the same legendary journalist. Maybe these sets of people should really mingle more…

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