March 13, 2005

REPORT | Arts Journalism at a Crossroads

by Jeremy Simon
July 2002
National Arts Journalism Program

Coverage of the arts is vital to communities, business, recreation and intellectual development. More than 100 cultural journalists from around the country convened for a reunion and symposium of current and former fellows of the National Arts Journalism Program to discuss the future of arts journalism.

They were joined by arts journalists and news executives from The Washington Post, The Dallas Morning News, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, The San Jose Mercury News, The Baltimore Sun, The New York Times, National Public Radio and several alternative-weekly publications, as well as concerned artists, scholars and funders.

These transcripts illuminate the tensions in arts journalism, but also the opportunities for growth and invention.