USC Intern Graduates to Full-Time Business Journal Position

In this week’s edition of the Los Angeles Business Journal, Jonathan Polakoff writes about a pair of overseas deals scored by RealD rival MasterImage. The 3D projection battleground is one that usually focuses from a PR point of view on RealD, so it’s nice to see another local company getting some ink.

Equally cool is the way Polakoff landed his new job as media and entertainment reporter. The class of 2011 USC Annenberg School grad started at the Business Journal last summer as an intern, and when Greg Hernandez quickly came and went as the publication’s beat reporter earlier this year, Polakoff was able to jump into the vacated slot full-time in early June.

Among the other topics covered recently by Polakoff are the efforts of John Wayne‘s family to put more of the actor’s memorabilia up for auction, the spotty start of Boingo wireless as a publicly traded company, and an update on the activities of the company responsible for fake Internet celeb “LonelyGirl15.”

Via email to FishbowlLA, Polakoff says that USC business journalism professor Gabe Kahn was one of his key formative influences on campus. The Business Journal internship was the 25-year-old Bethesda, Maryland native’s very first such stint. Congrats to LA’s newest, freshest media beat journo!