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Learn In-depth Entertainment Reporting in LA

SILA Director Jon Katzman, front, leads new students on a tour of Raleigh Studios, where the program is based.

      The Journalism Department’s intensive program at Raleigh Studios, within sight of the famous HOLLYWOOD sign in the nearby hills, focuses on entertainment reporting.
       The first information session specifically geared to the Journalism Semester in LA [SILA-JO, for short] will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, in the Orange Area of the Journalism Department. Juniors with a minimum GPA of 3.0 are eligible to apply.  Seniors and graduate students are also eligible, as are Interdisciplinary majors and students-at-large.
       Other information sessions will take place Tuesday, Sept. 20, in the Alexandroff Campus Center, 600 S. Michigan, Room 207, 11:30 a.m-.12:30 p.m.  and in the Herman Conaway Center, 1104 S. Wabash, Room 711, from 2 to 3 p.m..; Wednesday., Sept. 21, from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Alexandroff Campus Center, Room 207 and from 5 to 6p.m. in the Herman Conaway Center, Room 711; Thursday, Sept. 22 at the Alexandroff Campus Center, Room 207, 10 to 11 a.m., and at the Herman Conaway Center, Room 711, from 1 to 2 p.m..; and Friday, Sept. 23, at the Herman Conaway Center,  Room 711, 11am-noon.

      The program begins on Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, and runs through March 2, 2012. Students should arrive in Los Angeles approximately a week before classes begin.
       This is a 15-week, 12-credit program of academic study condensed into five intense weeks of learning and doing, so that by the time you finish in early March, you are well-prepared for a professional internship. You will have the savvy and knowledge -- not to mention the flexibility on days and hours -- that an excellent internship provides. We have contacts at CNN, Access Hollywood and People magazine, to name just a few top sites where our most-qualified SILA-JO student may work.
      The courses offered in LA are:
Covering the Entertainment Industries (3 credits)
Diversity in the Media: Sex, Age and Race in Hollywood (3 credits)
Reporting Entertainment News: LA (3 credits)
On Location (3 credits)
Internship (not required, but highly recommended – can be taken for up to four credits without incurring additional tuition costs)
        Students work with their faculty advisers and the department chair so that LA courses, in most instances, can be used as course equivalencies for requirements in the Journalism concentrations.
         If you would like to be on the e-mail list for SILA-JO notifications, please contact Jodee Sorrentino, jsorrentino@colum.edu, 312.369.8900, or stop by the Journalism Office, 2nd floor, 33 E. Congress Parkway.
         For more information, please contact Nancy Day, Department Chair,  nday@colum.edu; 312.369.8989
         For information on the college’s Semester in LA as a whole: http://www.colum.edu/Academics/Semester_LA/

SILA-JO faculty are renowned entertainment industry journalists. Standing, left to right: Andrew Wallenstein, Nadine Mendoza, Nina Zacuto. Seated: Janice Littlejohn, Jon Katzman