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Sydney Lawson's passion for television began after college when she was a national spokesperson for the Got Milk? Campaign and she hopes to have a career in broadcast journalism covering features and entertainment.

Labels to online: the changing landscape of the rap industry


Florida-based rapper Hard Target may not be a household name, but he has toured with the self-proclaimed Macklemore of the Czech Republic. This international reach did not happen overnight. Hard Target, whose real name is Ryan Fleming, started his rap career by playing small venues in his hometown of Spring Hill, Florida. “I want people to understand, like at the ... Read More »

Nontraditional burgers and gourmet ice cream star in Koreatown food festival

Ktown Night Market Halloween Food Fest.
When: Oct. 25-26
Where: Koreatown, 6th Street between Berendo & Mariposa.

It is definitely fall, but the sunny and comfortably warm weather on Saturday afternoon permitted a perfect day for the Ktown Night Market’s Halloween Food Fest in Koreatown. The fest continues on Sunday from noon until 9 p.m. Classica Koreatown dishes such as spicy fish cake and Korean BBQ are available, but the main highlights of the food festival are nontraditional ... Read More »

A pistol in entertainment: Brian Bumbery of BB Gun Press

SiLA-JO instructor and senior writer for Los Angeles Times Lorraine Ali with Brian Bumbery of BB Gun Press

“The best advice someone ever gave me was hire someone smarter than yourself, because you’ll learn a lot more from them,” said Brian Bumbery, a veteran publicist in Los Angeles and founder of BB Gun Press. Bumbery represents big name bands including Green Day and Metallica. He says humility, honesty and knowing when to leave the office is key. On ... Read More »

How “The Cosby Show” recoded race

(left to right) SiLA-JO instructor and TV development expert  Ron Taylor with Dr. Darnell Hunt at the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA

How “The Cosby Show” recoded race Have you ever wondered why “The Cosby Show” was such a success and appealed to a wide audience? The show was “racially safe for everybody,” said Ron Taylor, a Semester in LA instructor with an extensive background in television development. Taylor’s last position was vice president of diverse programming at Fox Broadcasting Co. On ... Read More »

Behind the curtain of Paramount Pictures

SiLA-JO students Jessica Wenck and Kacy Hintz at Paramount Pictures studios. (photo by Sydney Lawson)

On Monday afternoon, the Semester in L.A. gang visited Paramount Pictures studios, which is not far from their home base at Raleigh Studios. No offense, Raleigh, but Paramount kicks your butt. After passing through the cream colored archways of the entrance to the studios, it felt like being transported to a different city or secret society. The grounds were pristine ... Read More »

Access at ‘Access Hollywood’

SiLA-JO students on set with Access Hollywood Style Producer Anthony Ramos.

With today’s popular pursuit of higher education and learning different skill sets, sometimes people need to be reminded of the basics. “Listen,” said Kit Hoover, a television personality and host on Access Hollywood. On Monday morning, Hoover told journalism students of Columbia College Chicago’s Semester in L.A. program, she got where she is today by listening and absorbing what experts ... Read More »

Having the flexibility to freelance

Broadcast journalist and Columbia College Chicago alum Stephanie Stanton with current Semester in L.A. journalism students

As students and aspiring journalists, we all have our specific interests whether it’s print, television, sports or entertainment, but it pays off to have many interests and the flexibility to freelance. This is what Stephanie Stanton, a Columbia College Chicago alum and broadcast journalist in Los Angeles, told SILA-JO students as they finished up their first week of the program ... Read More »