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HuffPost Live Executive Producer Shares Her ‘Hard-Learned Lessons’

AllisonGirvinControlRoomThere’s a helpful post today on Maria Shriver‘s site The Shriver Report. It comes from Allison Girvin, executive producer of HuffPost Live.

Girvin prefaces her nine informal edicts for fellow female broadcast journalists with the admission that she has come to most of her professional wisdom via trial-and-error. She warns that it remains harder for women in the business than it does for their male counterparts:

You will be asked to take the notes at meetings because you are the only woman in the room, even though you’re also the most senior person there. Your boss will forget to invite you to happy hours even though he remembers to invite the rest of your (all male) team. I can’t tell you how often I’ve been asked if I’m the secretary. The higher you climb, the worse it gets…

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FishbowlLA Set Visit: HuffPost Live

For HuffPost Live co-host Jacob Soboroff, a signature moment during his first six months of service involved the 2013 Sundance documentary The Square.

When the filmmakers arrived at the Beverly Hills studio, one was on the phone with an acquaintance in Cairo. By the time the visiting duo sat down for their interview, a producer had arranged for that acquaintance to be part of the on-air discussion as well, as an Egyptian subject matter expert (via Google hangout).

The term “expert” is one of many being redefined daily by Soboroff and colleagues Alyona Minkovski and Nancy Redd from 3 to 7 p.m. PT, when the dynamic trio cap HuffPost Live’s twelve-hour weekday block. An expert can be anyone and everyone, often recruited through social media; journalism meanwhile is very much here a mix of the subjective and objective. As HuffPost Live president Roy Sekoff told us during our visit last Friday, “We want our hosts to have opinions.”

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