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War reporting is topic; journalists will discuss risks [Derived headline] [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (PA)]

October 21, 2013

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War reporting is topic; journalists will discuss risks

Women In Film & Media will present "War Reporting -- Filmmakers and Journalists on the Realities of War," from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 24 at Carnegie Lecture Hall in Oakland.

A panel of four documentary filmmakers and newspaper journalists who have risked their lives to cover conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Egypt, Lebanon, Central America, Liberia and South Africa will share their experiences on reporting from the front lines.

Speakers include JulieHera DeStefano, the documentary filmmaker behind "Journey to Normal," about women veterans returning home from Afghanistan; Lynda Schuster, a former staff reporter for The Wall Street Journal who covered Mexico, Central and South America and the Middle East; Carmen Gentile, an international reporter with USA Today/ABC Radio and author of "Kissed by the Taliban"; and Justin Merriman, an award-winning photojournalist with the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review who's covered events in Iraq and Egypt.

Attendees must register and receive a food ticket. Carnegie Mellon University and Pitt students can attend for free, but still must register and bring a student ID. Cost is $15 with pre- registration, $20 at the door. Food and beverages will be available to registered attendees only.

Details: www.wifmpit.org

-- Rachel Weaver

All-star band will back Swift for CMAs gig

Taylor Swift has gathered an all-star band for her appearance on next month's Country Music Association Awards.

Swift will be joined by Alison Krauss, Vince Gill, Sam Bush, bassist Edgar Meyer and percussionist Eric Darken for a special version of her hit song "Red."

The 23-year-old singer is one of two top nominees with six nominations for the Nov. 6 awards. Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley will co-host the ABC broadcast live from Nashville.

No word on what Swift has planned for her group. In recent award- show performances, she's played the Mad Hatter and led the viewer on a backstage tour.

All five nominees for top honor entertainer of the year -- Swift, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton and George Strait -- will perform on the show this year.

-- Associated Press

NBC cancels 'Ironside,' 'Welcome to Family'

NBC says it's canceling two freshman shows, "Ironside" and "Welcome to the Family."

"Ironside," starring Blair Underwood in an updated version of the Raymond Burr police drama, will air its final episode Oct. 23. Burr's "Ironside" aired from 1967-75, but low ratings will keep the new series to a total of four episodes.

"Welcome to the Family," a Thursday-night comedy about a young couple's unplanned pregnancy, won't have a chance to say goodbye. Its last airing was last week.

Replacing "Ironside" on Wednesday nights in November and December will be a mix of shows including episodes of "Dateline" and "Saturday Night Live" holiday-themed specials, NBC said.

"Parks and Recreation" episodes and specials will fill in for the departed "Welcome to the Family," the network said.

-- Associated Press

'Rockers' is renewed but moves to Lifetime

Betty White's "gotcha" series "Off Their Rockers" is going to keep rocking after all.

After being canceled by NBC after two seasons, the series has been picked up for a third season on Lifetime, according to The Hollywood Reporter. White will return to host with 20 original half- hour episodes of the hidden-camera series set to run in 2014.

NBC carried the first two seasons of the series starting in 2012, with White anchoring the series about elderly people playing pranks. The series returned for Season 2 this year with NBC running a double dose of the show before the last episode aired July 9.

-- Wire reports

Diddy to launch Revolt, a cable music channel

Get ready for a Revolt in music.

The new cable channel from Sean "Diddy" Combs -- the rap mogul's calling it the "ESPN of music" -- hit the airways at 8 p.m. Oct. 28.

Think of it as MTV if "The Real World" or "Jersey Shore," never happened. All about the music, baby, in the form of performances, videos, news and documentaries.

Combs said in July that he wants Revolt to "bring kids back to television" in a world where the Internet reigns supreme. But taking a closer look, he knows the boundaries are really less clear -- the channel will involve social media heavily and is intended to be available on multiple platforms such as smartphones, tablets and anywhere you can stream media.

Revolt's content, Combs says, will be "highly curated" and won't be limited to certain genres. "We're looking for greatness, we're looking for great stars, we're looking for people who have something to say. Our bar is extremely high. ... There are other places artists will be able to get exposure, but when you make it to Revolt you will feel you've been authorized."

Comcast and Time Warner Cable will carry the channel from its launch, reaching parts of most major cities.

-- USA Today

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