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USC Annenberg Launches ‘Pop-Up Newsroom’ Enigine28.com to Cover LA ‘Theaterpalooza’

For the next five days, one of the most massive conglomerations of theater festivals in the world is waylaying in Los Angeles: Radar L.A., Hollywood Fringe, the Asian American Theater Conference and Festival as well as 2011 the Theatre Communications Group (TCG) National Conference. That’s a tall order for arts journalists and editors to try to comprehensively cover at any time, let alone in the middle of the LA Film Fest.

But this year, USC Annenberg has conscripted 40 journalists from all over the country, including Susan Brenneman of the LA Times, Rebecca Haithcoat of LA Weekly, Edward Lifson, formerly of NPR, Steven Leigh Morris, critic-at-large for the LA Weekly and Laurie Ochoa, co-founder of Slake, to cover the madness. With former Philadelphia Inquirer arts editor Jeff Weinstein at the helm, the site, called Engine28.com, will serve as a five-day “pop-up newsroom” to cover as much of the theater bonanza as possible.

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USC Annenberg Gearing Up for Another Arts Journalism Boot Camp

“Gotta report about singing…. Gotta report about dancing…”

While no one is ever going to belt out those lyrics on a Broadway stage, that’s the basic idea behind the seventh annual Arts Journalism Institute in Theater and Musical Theater, an upcoming June 14th-24th fellowship for journalists, freelancers, and producers.

The program, now open for 2011 applications, is put on by USC Annenberg in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. Sasha Anawalt (pictured), founding director of the school’s graduate degree program “Specialized Journalism (The Arts),” will once again oversee the intensive 11-day event. Her associate directors this year are Douglas McLennan, editor and founder of Artsjournal.com, and Jeff Weinstein, editor and a former critic with The Village Voice, Philadelphia Inquirer and Bloomberg News. A total of 22 to 25 applicants will be accepted.

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