March 13, 2005

COMMENT | Tweed Out of the Arts Journalism Wardrobe

by Diane Bacha
Source: Poynter Online

We are here to talk about keeping arts coverage relevant - keeping our wardrobe from getting too musty, if you will. But first, let's get one thing out of the way:

In most newsrooms, the word "art" scares people.

Let's face it, it just does not have enough Y chromosomes for the average newsroom crowd. It is seen as a nice but non-essential part of the daily news report.

The word "culture" is not far behind, but it's OK if you put the word "pop" in front of it. "Culture" is elitist. "Pop" is fizzy and fun and it means you are OK if you watch a lot of TV.

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