March 12, 2005

EDUCATION | Syracuse University establishes first accredited master’s degree program in arts journalism

Syracuse University has announced the establishment of the first master’s degree journalism program at an accredited journalism school to focus exclusively on writing about the arts, to be administered by the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications in collaboration with The College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Performing and Visual Arts and the School of Architecture.

The Goldring Arts Journalism Program is made possible by a generous gift from arts patron and SU Trustee Lola Goldring and her husband Allen Goldring. Johanna Keller, an arts journalist and Newhouse faculty member, has been appointed director of the program. The program begins in July 2005.

While a few general cultural reporting and some short-term mid-career enhancement programs exist throughout the United States, this is the first program from an accredited university to grant a degree in arts journalism.

The aim of the Goldring Arts Journalism program is to deepen arts journalists’ knowledge of specific art forms and building writing and journalism skills. In addition, students will gain a broad background in the arts. Through the development of research and publication projects, the program also aims to create a locus of investigation into the role of arts journalism in today’s media, as well as the nature of the relationship between the arts and criticism, and the arts and its audience.

In one of the first high-profile events marking the launch of the program, SU hosted a national symposium titled “Writing About the Arts: The Critics, Craft and Education”, with a host of nationally-known writers and artists, and a keynote speech by the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, Dana Gioia.

For more information on the Goldring Arts Journalism Program, application information and updates on the symposium, visit

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