DIEDRE JOHNSON’s mini-ebook biography of singer Mariah Carey was published by Barnes&Noble.com (bn.com) in 2001. After completing five years as a staff writer for Star magazine, she became LA correspondent for Soap World and then, for five more years a bi-weekly contributor to TV SOAP, the largest daytime magazine in Australia. Following freelance red carpet coverage for Life&Style Weekly, she returned to Star magazine in 2006 as a freelance red carpet reporter, where she covered movie premieres, award shows, press junkets and other events. She has written for Vogue Nippon (Japanese Vogue), Harper’s Bazaar/Japan, LA Weekly, Backstage, Movieline, Hollywoodlife, Theatermania, BettyConfidential, DailyMail, Soap Opera Digest, Daily Variety and various other celebrity, art and entertainment publications. She currently covers prime-time celebrity features and interviews for TV SOAP’s Celebrity Insider section.
Johnson began her career as a proofreader at a boating newspaper. She later was a staff writer for the Daily Commerce, a business and real estate daily newspaper in downtown Los Angeles. She began writing about celebrities for a weekly actor’s magazine called Drama-Logue in the nineties. That led to work in entertainment public relations, and eventually, a staff position at the celebrity weekly, Star Magazine.
Over the years as a correspondent, columnist, contributor and freelance celebrity reporter, she’s interviewed and written about many daytime, primetime and movie actors.
Why You Would Want to Hire Me
Strong writing in a variety of styles ¾ from hard news and magazine conversational, to copywriting to public relations. Reporting, proofreading, editing skills in Adobe/pdf. files, blog writing in Wordpress, photo uploading. Years of well-rounded experience in entertainment journalism, writing and reporting for national magazines and websites. Good PR contacts.
DESCRIPTION OF RECENT WORK EXPERIENCE
Star Magazine Red Carpet Reporter ¾ After working for Star as a staff writer, came back to work with them for five more years as a freelance red carpet and event reporter (2006-2011) covering premieres, junkets, television conferences (twice-yearly Television Critics Association conferences) and celebrity interviews, 2008-2011
TV SOAP ¾ Bi-weekly contributor (in box) to largest circulation Australian daytime/primetime magazine for five years. Currently still work with them freelance.
Life&Style Magazine ¾ Freelance event reporter covering premieres and events for four years 2004-2008.
Soap World ¾ Los Angeles Correspondent for Australian-based monthly soap opera magazine. Complete coverage of LA daytime soaps including interviews, features, news briefs and bi-weekly gossip column (2001-2002, and on occasion since then).
DailyMail.com, OK! (Los Angeles/reporting only), BettyConfidential.com, Theatermania.com, Ebony.com, Japanese Vogue, Ginza, Vi Vi Glamorous, Tarzan, Nurses World, In Focus magazine (National Assoc. of Theatre Owners), estar.com, LA Weekly, Daily Variety, Movieline (now HollywoodLife.com), Hollywoodlife.com, Soap Opera Digest, Backstage West (now Backstage), (original) Drama-Logue, Free Spirit, Nurses World, Los Angeles Business Journal, Minority Employment Journal. Articles have also appeared in the Los Angeles Reader. Entertainment Today, regional and specialty publications.
Freelance Editorial (Other)
Proofing and editing project for trade publication (2011)
SDI Communications (Culver City, CA, 2011)
Video transcription project, using British English
Incredible Features, Marina del Rey, CA
(Ongoing freelance) Research, office work for photojournalism company.
Hot Spots Magazine, Los Angeles, CA
Contributing Features Editor ¾ Editing feature stories, writing and putting together calendar listings, interviews for quarterly entertainment magazine (defunct).
Author ¾ Mariah (ebook on singer Mariah Carey (2001)
Contracted with Media Home Entertainment to assist in writing and editing video box copy for commercial films. Developed on-going freelance relationships with Adweek, Larchmont Chronicle, Guilford and Civello Creative, Foote, Cone and Belding, IOX Assessment Associates (textbooks) and Krupp-Taylor USA ad agencies for editing and proofreading.
Star Magazine, Beverly Hills, CA
Staff reporter - Reported and wrote celebrity news for weekly, national magazine (1994-2000).
Joan Luther and Assoc., Beverly Hills, CA
Account Executive - Provided public relations, publicity and promotional services to popular restaurants including Chin Chin, Louise's Trattoria, Cava and La Masia Encino Chamber of Commerce Taste of LA (contract Mar. - Nov. 1993).
The Lee Solters Co., Beverly Hills, CA
Publicity Asst. - Edited, proofread, wrote publicity releases, made pitch calls to press, worked public events and assisted in the booking of tours and appearances of celebrity clients (Mar. 1992 - Mar. 1993).
Los Angeles Daily Commerce, Los Angeles, CA
Staff writer - Wrote breaking news, features and profiles that pertained to business and real estate industries. Also was responsible for production of (now-defunct) weekly Board of Realtors supplement. Filed reports and represented newspaper at local and national real estate conventions.
California State University, Long Beach, B.A., Journalism
Adobe Acrobat 9 – Pro
Basic computer skills – PC and some Mac