How to Write About Entertaiment


A clown at a child’s birthday party, a Broadway musical, a stadium rock concert, your friends fighting over the last potato chip—these are all examples of entertaiment. The word comes from the French entretenir, meaning “to hold together.” It was associated with hospitality–enjoying someone else’s company–and grew to refer to any distraction or diversion. Today, entertainment is so widespread that it can be adapted to any scale: from an intimate dinner for two; to any form of art or literature, from Shakespeare to pop music; to the latest gizmo or gadget; and to performances intended for thousands or even global audiences.

Whether you’re writing an article about a well-known celebrity or a little-known local band, research the topic thoroughly. You’ll want to avoid defamatory accusations or implications–this can get you into legal trouble. Instead, focus on the positive aspects of a particular entertainer’s life and career. For example, if your subject is involved in a humanitarian cause that you support, mention this. This will help readers identify with and enjoy your article. Then there are the upcoming releases of films, television shows and albums.