The Significance of Leisure Journalism ‹ Pepperdine Graphic

Broadcast journalist alum Kristin Vartan sums up the 2021 Oscars on 23abc in an Instagram roll on April 26th. According to Vartan, entertainment journalism brings people’s relationships with the people they see on screen. Photo courtesy of @kristinvartan

There are many unique sub-areas in journalism, but only one includes live coverage from a red carpet surrounded by stars: entertainment journalism.

Entertainment journalism encompasses coverage of the entertainment industry, the lives of celebrities, and reviews of various art forms. Entertainment journalist and Pepperdine alumna Gabby Gonta (2018) said although some people look down on the types of stories she writes, they can be just as important as typical news.

“There are so many times that the entertainment world intersects with these more important issues like sexual assault, as we’ve seen with this Me too Movement that was so powerful and that fueled real change, ”said Gonta, a former Graphic employee. “Among the fluff that some people think is entertainment news, there are really important stories that need to be told.”

After graduating from Pepperdine, Gonta earned a masters degree in entertainment journalism from University of Southern California. She now works as a full-time entertainment journalist Shared news, an entertainment newscast on YouTube.

“As an entertainment journalist, our job is essentially to bridge the gap between the glitz and glamor of Hollywood for the average person,” said Gonta.

Alum Gabby Gonta poses for a selfie in front of her microphone in an Instagram post from Jan. 15. Gonta said the entertainment world overlaps with important topics in the world. Photo courtesy @gabbygonta

Entertainment journalists can interview creatives and find out what matters in their work. Kristin Vartan, a Pepperdine alumna (2018) and former employee of Graphic, said she often does this in her own work. After completing the same degree as Gonta at the University of Southern California, Vartan now works as a broadcast journalist for 23ABC News in Bakersfield, California. While she mostly focuses on local news, she can sometimes cover topics related to entertainment and says that she loves to work in the field.

“Entertainment journalism is one story within a story,” said Vartan. “They essentially convey what the author, the actor or the musician put on a page or a screen, and your job is to live up to that story, but also to set your own taste and match it with the style and Way you write, turn the story. “

In addition to stereotypical entertainment journalists reporting on red carpets or celebrity news, critics of film, television and music are also entertainment journalists, according to Gonta. People like famous film critics Roger Ebert and Anthony Fantano, a music critic who publishes reviews on Youtube For over 2 million subscribers, they’re as many entertainment journalists as any interviewer on the red carpet.

“There are a million movies, a million TV shows, so much music out there, and there just isn’t enough time to go through it all,” said Gonta. “The person who has this job is basically saying, ‘This is worth your time and it is not. ‘So critics and music critics, that kind of entertainment journalist, have a very important role to play. “

In entertainment journalism, there are a variety of niches that reporters can focus on. Gonta has created her own niche in coverage of reality television news, specifically “The bachelor” on ABC. She said she started it in her bedroom during quarantine because she needed to do something.

“I had watched ‘The Bachelor’ for many years and one day I realized that I wanted to start my own show on entertainment news. I thought to myself, ‘What subject am I an expert on and what can I talk about during this? Do you show my personality too? ‘”Said Gonta.

In the Shared News, Gonta reports on current events from popular reality TV shows such as “The Bachelor”.Dance with the stars” and “Keeping up with the Kardashians. “For every show, Gonta said she had to research the history, which usually involves figuring out what TV shows are being renewed, what music is being released, or what people in Bachelor Nation are doing. She then writes a script and records video segments before posting the final 10-30 minute video.

Entertainment journalists do their research not only while writing their stories, but also before interviews or major events. Vartan had the opportunity to report on 2020 American music awards and interviewed country singers Dan and Shaywho won three prizes that evening.

“I always like to ask [the] Questions that nobody else asks because I dug, ”said Vartan. “When you’re into entertainment, whether you’re a musician or an actor, that’s what you do. You really study the sound or you study the character to the core because you become the character or you interpret the music and I want to do the same. “

Entertainment journalists give the public a chance to get to know their favorite stars by reading stories and watching interviews about them.

“You get to know them as a real person, so it’s just a way to connect with people on another level,” said Vartan. “We bring people to relationships with the people they see on screen.”


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Sophomore Astrid Olsen prepares for a double game against Santa Clara on March 25th at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center. This was Olsen’s first game since February.

Photos by Ali Levens

The No. 7 The Pepperdine Women’s Tennis Team competed against Santa Clara in a WCC matchup on Friday March 25th at Ralphs-Straus Tennis center in Malibu. The Waves dominated the Broncos in a 7-0 game without dropping a set, and are now 11-2 on the season with a 2-0 conference record.

The match began with strong double performances by the Waves as duos in their sophomore year Lisa Zaar and No. 115 student in the first year Taisiya Pachkaleva and Redshirt newbie Lexi Ryngler and the second year Astrid Olsen Everyone won their games 6-2.

“Taisiya and I really enjoy playing doubles together and we cheer each other on,” said Zaar. “We have a lot of fun on the pitch and if we play well in doubles, that means our singles too.”

Ryngler and Olsen achieved an easy win despite a completely new competitive partnership.

“Astrid and I play together all the time in training, but we haven’t had a chance to play together in a match,” said Ryngler. “It was great to play with her and we were finally able to use our practice.”

Redshirt newcomer Lexi Ryngler scored a goal in her doubles on March 25th. Ryngler and partner Olsen won their doubles 6-2. Photo credit: Ali Levens

The waves continued to dominate in individual games No. 14th PhD student Jessica Failla continued her formidable game when she defeated Jenna Marie Gordon in two sets 6-0, 6-1. Failla was before No. 33 in the preseason survey.

PhD student Ashley Lahey, classified number 1 He didn’t play the Broncos last season and dropped out of the top 125 rankings due to a hand injury.

Zaar won their match 6-1, 6-0 shortly after Failla’s win to bring the Broncos to the brink of defeat.

“I want to build on the dynamic with which I win every point, game and set and I think that showed that I only lost one game today,” said Zaar. “It shows that I have a lot of focus that I was able to keep throughout the game, which I was excited about.”

PhD student Jessica Failla celebrates a point in her single game against Jenna Marie Gordon. Failla only lost one game during their single game against the Broncos. Photo credit: Ali Levens

Pachkaleva’s win gave the Waves the crucial point as they won their match 6-2, 6-2.

After the clinch, the Waves and Broncos continued to play doubles, and Olsen contributed 6-0, 6-4 to the team’s performance. It was the first time since February that Olsen had played in a match.

“I hadn’t played a single game so I got back into the groove every point,” said Olsen. “I had fun and I’m very grateful to be able to play in a time like this.”

Ryngler then won her match in fourth place 6: 3, 6: 1 and, as a newcomer, makes a strong impression in the line-up.

“I was focused on my match, but slowly I saw our girls leave the field and I was excited to see how well they did,” said Ryngler. “Seeing Lisa and Jess win so quickly definitely gave me a confidence boost so I just wanted to keep the momentum going.”

PhD student Shiori Fukuda won the last game of the day 7-5, 6-2.

The PhD student Shiori Fukuda will play in her single game against the Broncos on March 25th.  Fukuda's victory in the singles gave the Waves the decisive success.

The PhD student Shiori Fukuda will play in her single game against the Broncos on March 25th. Fukuda’s victory in the individual gave the Waves the decisive success. Photo credit: Ali Levens

The waves enter the heart of their season as WCC play continues and games against them continue for the next several weeks No. 35 Stanford on April 2 and No. 25 UC Berkeley April 4th.

“We are very excited to play against the best teams in the nation and we had great victories against them earlier this year,” said Zaar. “We like to play hard games and we want to find out how good we really are.”

Ryngler said she was looking forward to the challenge of playing top teams.

“We’re really excited to play against teams like Stanford and Berkeley again and everyone is looking forward to it,” said Ryngler. “We know how challenging it will be, but we’ve trained really hard and I know we can beat them again.”

Like her teammates, Olsen knows the team is training hard right now but is confident that it will pay off later.

“I think people got into this game a little more tired than usual: it’s just the training load we just put through,” said Olsen. “I have the feeling that we are prepared for whatever comes our way.”


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