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

Access at ‘Access Hollywood’

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 in her field did and said.

This may sound like common sense, but sometimes it is easy to forget to just sit back and observe. Observation is, after all, one of the main tasks of a journalist. With the pressure to tweet, shoot video, take pictures, ask questions, take notes and file stories by tight deadlines, it is easy to forget your main job as a journalist is to be the eyes for the public and gain access the average person may not have.

Total access and the opportunity to observe are the luxuries SiLA-JO students got during their visit to Access Hollywood, one of the most popular celebrity and entertainment news television shows not only in Los Angeles but in the entire country.

In order to catch the taping of a live show the visit to the Access Hollywood set had to begin early.

Despite it being around 6:30 a.m., students were excited to pile into the van and head to their destination. The visit kicked off the beginning of the second week of Columbia’s Semester in L.A. program.

Students are learning the landscape of America’s entertainment capital by learning from working journalists in the city, taking history tours about the film industry and visiting local media businesses and news stations.

As the group headed into the studio Style Producer Anthony Ramos welcomed everyone into the break room for coffee and breakfast. Ramos said he had been working at Access Hollywood for about a decade. All of the staff was very friendly and welcoming.

Students speculated what celebrities they would see, as they took photos and admired the colorful set of where the live show would be taped.

The first celebrity spotted was Sheryl Lee Ralph, an actress and singer who starred on the television sitcom “Moesha.” She looked regal in a red lace dress and her black hair in a sleek bun.

Ralph was friendly and approached the group as if her purpose of being at Access Hollywood that day was to speak to the students. She asked about their goals and wished everyone good look.

Accompanying Ralph was Jackie Fabulous, a comedian and actress, who was also very friendly. Both ladies did a set where they discussed fashion and news with hosts Kit Hoover and Billy Bush.

It was interesting to see how different personalities come together and seamlessly make an interesting segment. They were all sitting on a couch discussing topics you may not hear on your typical morning news show, including Kim Kardashian’s see-through dress that she wore with no bra.

As silly as this sounds this was a great connection to a more important and news worthy topic. October is breast cancer awareness month and Access Hollywood made sure to honor that.

Also on the show that morning was a married couple that discussed the importance of physical and emotional intimacy when a spouse is very sick. They discussed with Hoover and Bush how married couples can cope when the wife is battling breast cancer.

This just shows you never know what stories will be reported on any show. It is sometimes easy to put celebrity and entertainment news in the “cheesy” or not “real news” files, but it is important to keep an open mind and take in every bit of information.

This is what SiLA-JO students did and will continue to do as they make their way through Los Angeles.

About Sydney Lawson

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.

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