The National Arts Journalism Program is a membership
organization that works to:
- - Advocate for arts reporting and criticism
- - Improve the quality and increase the quantity
of arts journalism
- - Inform the public and the media industry
of standards of excellence in arts journalism
- - Support and mentor arts journalists
- - Provide a network for arts journalists
in all disciplines.
- - Help develop standards and viable economic models for arts
journalism in emerging digital media.
NATIONAL ARTS JOURNALISM PROGRAM SEEKS to improve the quality
of arts and cultural journalism, as well as its prestige in American
newsrooms. The extent to which journalism is probing or superficial,
broadly engaging or exclusive, helps determine the level of public
appreciation of the arts.
Arts journalism is indispensable
not only to public awareness and understanding of creative expression.
It informs the ways cities and regions relate to their artistic
and cultural resources, and make decisions about investing in them.
Since 1994, the NAJP has sought
to advance arts and cultural news coverage in three ways:
to nearly 124 arts and cultural journalists—critics, reporters
and editors—seeking to excel in their work.
Publishing a series of research
reports that shed light upon the news media's performance
in the area of arts and cultural criticism and reportage.
Convening major conferences
(and publishing related reports) on subjects ranging from cultural
property and patrimony disputes to free expression in the arts.
The NAJP is the nation’s
only meeting place where journalists and news executives interact
variously with artists, arts and cultural administrators and funders,
scholars and public officials. The program is a visible and vital
presence within the journalism profession and in the larger national
dialogue about the arts. In the largest sense, the NAJP is laying
the foundation for the professionalization of arts journalism, a
development of vital significance to every field of the arts—for
without informed, reliable, factual journalistic coverage, the health
of the arts in America will be at risk.
: About Us : Mission