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October 2, 2009

What is arts journalism?

Not just text. Now we're cooking. If critics are paid by arts organizations, how objective can they be? Good question.  In the changing landscape, fundamental relationships are in question. It's great to see arts journalists contribute to a summit in their name.

Seth Schiesel is the first video game critic at the New York Times, but the Times also employs the only full time, on staff dance critic in the country too. Do we need these "gatekeepers," asks Seth. Yes, if they aren't gatekeepers but gate openers. Laura Sydell is worried about online overload, and that's an issue too.

What's being lost in the failure of newspapers is the element of surprise. I don't care about businesses or sports, but on my way to stories I do care about I frequently stopped at those stories almost by accident, hooked by a lead maybe, and learned something. When I worked at a newspaper, I loved the idea of the undifferentiated audience, that I could possibly attract someone who wasn't looking for an arts story and hook that person. Now I have a blog. Only the committed art audience seeks it out.
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