For years, local news organizations under financial strain have cut back on arts coverage or eliminated their arts staff altogether. Features writers and beat reporters are asked to pick up the coverage in newsrooms, while writers dedicated to covering the arts are left to navigate the freelance world.
Forgotten in the churn? The fact that journalism can propel an arts ecosystem in vibrant communities. Local audiences crave information about the shifting culture in their communities — and about what exhibit, show or style they should try out this weekend. As with weather or sports, the arts can bridge cultural divides and keep audiences engaged.
This free, intensive workshop for U.S.-based journalists, will help resource-strapped reporters and editors recognize why their communities need them to cover the arts — and how they can do it when it’s not already part of their beats. Participants will learn creative and sustainable approaches to incorporating arts coverage in business, features and breaking news stories.
Join lead faculty Tom Huang, assistant managing editor at the Dallas Morning News and editing fellow at The Poynter Institute, for two fast-paced days of learning both in the Poynter classroom and in the creative community of St. Petersburg, Florida.