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So What Do You Do, Arienne Thompson, Entertainment Reporter at USA Today?

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Arienne Thompson‘s head is filled with golden pop-culture nuggets. But unlike most people who live and breathe all things celebrity, from Kimye’s fashion choices to Taylor Swift‘s relationship status, it’s her job to obsess over the minute details of celebrities’ lives. And there’s nothing she’d rather be doing. As an entertainment reporter at USA Today, Thompson knows who’s dating who, who wore what where and who’s got beef on everyone from Justin Beiber to Blake Lively to Beyoncé, so she can give pop-culture fiends their daily fix.

She spills the tea in the pages of the nation’s No. 1 newspaper in daily circulation, in USA Today‘s DailyDish vlog, and in the pages of USA Weekend, the paper’s weekend magazine. Sound cool? It is. But don’t get it twisted. Entertainment reporting is not for the faint of heart. You have to go hard. “You cannot be scared or shy or a wallflower. You can’t be psychotic — well, sometimes you have to be a little psychotic — but you have to be so aggressive,” Thompson explains.

Here, she serves up the scoop on how she went from being an extra in an America’s Most Wanted reenactment to being a sought-after pop-culture expert. 

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Tamron Hall and Kirsten Gillibrand Give Career Advice at Real Simple/Time Panel

tamronmcmahon1Last night, young women packed the Onyx Room at the Park Hyatt Hotel for a panel discussion hosted by Real Simple and Time magazine. The “Women & Success” panel was an extension of a poll the magazines did on women and their sentiments towards success. To kick off the night, Time’s managing editor Nancy Gibbs interviewed Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who spoke candidly about the “jerks” she’s run into who talked more about her appearance than her legal prowess, the lack of an effective women’s movement right now, and how women can mentor each other. Guests received a copy of her new memoir Off the Sidelines. 

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Legendary Journalist Belva Davis Dishes on Interviewing the Greats

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Belva Davis, the first female African-American TV reporter on the West Coast, has paved the way for the likes of Tamron Hall and Soledad O’Brien. She is a true pioneer, a self-taught journalist whose incredible career has spanned print, radio and television.

In our latest So What Do You Do column, Davis talks about how she landed her fig gig at Jet, the reason she never turned down a story in the first decade of her career and why some of her memorable interview moments stand out for the wrong reasons:

I interviewed Jim Jones, who was someone I never wanted to talk to, and I had a poor interview with W.E.B. Dubois because I was young and didn’t know the significance of his importance. As time went on, I was interviewing Muhammad Ali one day and in the presence of Malcolm X the next. I did one of many interviews with Huey Newton in Cuba. Celebrities were open to me because I’d been on radio. I just pulled out some files the other day: interviews with Ella [Fitzgerald], Nancy [Wilson] and Lena [Horne]. But I think it was my first interview with then-Governor Reagan because it was unusual that I got past the Republican barricade. That was because of a co-worker and mentor named Roland Post, who became my co-anchor on a political talk show.

To hear more from Davis, including her experiences with sexism during the civil rights movement, read: So What Do You Do, Belva Davis, Pioneering Broadcast Journalist, TV Host and Author?

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We’ll ponder those questions and many more in less than three weeks at the TVNewser Show here in New York.

So join NBC News anchor Tamron Hall, Fox News anchor Bret Baier, Fusion anchor Alicia Menendez, Tribune Broadcasting president Larry Wert, CNN VP Geraldine Moriba and many more on April 29. And if you sign up before midnight tonight, you’ll get $150 off the price at the door.

Check out the full program and speaker list for more details, and don’t forget to register today.

Morning Media Newsfeed: Olympics Ratings Down | So Long, Facebook Email | Tamron Hall Joins Today

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NBC Averages 21.4 Million Viewers for Sochi Olympics, Down From Vancouver (Variety)
While NBC and Nielsen are expected to release more detailed ratings information Tuesday, preliminary estimates show the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics averaging a strong 21.4 million viewers in primetime. While down 12 percent from the 24.4 million who watched on average during the more time zone-friendly Vancouver Games of 2010, it’s up 6 percent from the 20.2 million average for the last European Winter Games in Torino in 2006. The Associated Press The games are increasingly shutting off competition: 15 rivals’ programs, including Grey’s Anatomy, American Idol and Dancing With The Stars, had higher ratings while competing against the Olympics in 2006, Nielsen said. Four years ago, three programs (all American Idol) beat the games. This year there were none. NYT The Olympics also enriched NBC’s cable sports network, NBCSN, more than doubling the audience that watched the London Games to a daily average of 1.6 million, and boosting by nearly 1,800 percent the viewership that the network reaped in the four weeks leading to the Sochi Olympics. More important, live streaming of all Sochi’s events on desktops, smartphones and tablets became further ingrained among sports fans. Altogether, there were 61.8 million unique users streaming Sochi video from nbcolympics.com and by using apps like Live Extra, a figure that was up 29 percent from Vancouver. Deadline Hollywood The Closing Ceremony is now long over, the final numbers are in and NBC has hit a record — and not one they want. Sunday night’s 8:33 p.m. – 10:36 p.m. broadcast received an 8.7/13 household rating with 15.1 million viewers. That is the lowest household rating for a Winter Olympic Games Closing Ceremony ever — dipping just below previous record holder of Torino in 2006.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Eldon Out at TechCrunch | Barnes & Noble Struggles | Hall Gets Rude Question

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Co-Chief Eric Eldon Leaving TechCrunch (ValleyWag)
One half of the heavyweight duo operating Silicon Valley’s industry blog of record is making his exit. After a little more than two years at the helm alongside Alexia Tsotsis, TechCrunch co-editor Eric Eldon will soon depart the site. He planned to make the news official next week. TechCrunch Eldon: “It’s time to try something pretty different. I’ve been in tech since everybody wrote it off as a dying industry town about to be fully outsourced, to a scarily mainstream phenomenon. Back in the old days when my media-tools startup got covered by TechCrunch, or over the years when I’ve competed against this publication, we all seemed a little innocent, hopeful and idealistic. The dreams came true. Almost too true.” TechCrunch Clearly Eldon will leave a huge hole, and therefore we’re going to be making a couple of editorial changes to make sure TechCrunch meets 2014 staffed up for greatness. Our esteemed senior editor Leena Rao will become managing editor as part of these changes.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Tamron Hall’s New Gig | Manning Trial Drama | NY Post EIC in Australia


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Tamron Hall to Host New Crime Show (Chicago Sun-Times / Voices)
Tamron Hall, the MSNBC host and NBC News correspondent — and former morning show co-anchor of Fox 32 News in Chicago — will host Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall, a new weekly crime investigation series for Discovery’s ID (Investigation Discovery) network. The announcement was made by the peacock network at the semi-annual Television Correspondents Association meetings in Los Angeles. Hall has a direct, personal connection to violent crime. Her older sister was a murder victim in a case that is still officially unsolved. Deadline Hollywood In each one-hour episode, Hall will be joined by other correspondents to explore crimes. Among them: journalists Michelle Sigona and Angeline Hartmann and veteran America’s Most Wanted correspondent Tom Morris Jr. The new series also will feature appearances from ID regulars Aphrodite Jones (host of True Crime with Aphrodite Jones) and Keith Beauchamp (host of The Injustice Files). HuffPost Hall will host the program while continuing to anchor NewsNation on MSNBC. The first episode will look at the murder of a mentally ill wife and mother of two, and Robert Chambers, otherwise known as the “Preppie Killer.”

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