University of Southern California

For A Summit On Arts Journalism

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The University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Journalism and the National Arts Journalism Project will host a two-day summit on the future of arts journalism. Co-Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, the summit will bring 100 participants together to hear presentations by 15 entrepreneurs about new models for ensuring that cultural criticism remains vibrant even as conventional models for arts coverage – and print media especially – become outmoded and disappear. Fifty percent of US arts reporters have lost their jobs since 2007; in many regions – including the Bay Area – the two major dailies have reduced their arts coverage to one full time reporter, and for-profit alternatives such as free-weeklies, neighborhood or suburban publications have drastically cut back the space devoted to featuring artists and arts organizations as a result of the recession and longstanding dysfunction in the commercial media’s business model. While traditional media – and outlets for the arts to be publicized and critiqued – dwindle, new media technologies are on the rise. This summit will leverage the alumni community of the NEA’s Arts Journalism Institutes, the 800 members of the NAJP, and the 250,000 unique monthly visitor’s the NAJP’s website to recruit and select 15 projects to make short presentations from which three will be awarded $5,000 to launch pilot versions of their ideas. From blogs started by laid off theater and music critics, to websites created by service organizations (such as SF Classical, to crowd sourced aggregations and rankings, to zines and sites supported by philanthropy or membership, some pioneering efforts are already underway and this summit seeks to bring the best of the ideas together to be shared more widely. In addition to the group who will attend the summit in September 2009, the event will be webcast and digitally archived to increase the total number of participants and virtual attendees.
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