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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for research on the environment and inequality  
Recent research has suggested that reducing disparities in income may promote economic growth. A parallel set of research suggests that reducing environmental inequality related to race and income can improve environmental quality overall. Researchers at USC and UC Berkeley used Foundation funding in 2013 to gather the data for empirically testing this theory. In 2014, the team would complete this empirical work and produce a report for advocates and decision makers linking environmental inequality and environmental quality, particularly with respect to issues of climate change.
for support of the Equity Research Institute  
USC’s Equity Research Institute (ERI) provides data and analysis to power social change. ERI produces research and facilitates discussions on issues of the economic, environmental, and social conditions facing low-income communities and immigrant populations — and the social movements that are working to change those conditions. ERI, in partnership with the Institute for Social Transformation at UC Santa Cruz, is working on a theory, narrative, and policy platform of “solidarity economics,” which address widening income inequality, rising economic insecurities, and growing social and racial fragmentation, while also promoting innovation and economic growth. It approaches this work in collaboration with social movement organizers and change-makers seeking to make “solidarity economics” a reality.
for research on the environment and inequality  
New economic research shows that inequality tends to slow the economic growth of nations. Professors Manuel Pastor (USC) and Rachel Morello-Frosch (UC Berkeley) would empirically test if this also holds true in the environmental realm. The researchers would spend a year gathering evidence and writing a report examining whether and how environmental equity is connected to long-term environmental sustainability. The work would be disseminated widely through public speaking, social, media, and an aggressive press agenda during the second year of the project.

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