How to Cover the Arts on Any Beat


How to Cover the Arts on Any Beat

Learn creative and innovative ways to cover the arts across beats and with limited resources.

Broadcast date: Sept. 10, 2019 at 2 p.m. Eastern

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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. This webinar will give resource-strapped reporters and editors creative and sustainable approaches to incorporating arts coverage in business, government, education, features and breaking news stories.

What will I learn

You will learn how to:

  • Illustrate why covering the arts still matters to reluctant reporters or unconvinced editors
  • Develop story ideas on the arts in news, business and features coverage
  • Analyze financial documents to uncover business stories about arts organizations
  • Construct partnerships to support and amplify your work in arts coverage

Who should take this course

Writers, editors and reporters from any beat that want to improve their newsroom’s arts coverage. This includes journalists from other beats — like business, education and government — who can integrate this topic into their reporting.


Tom Huang

Tom Huang is Assistant Managing Editor for Journalism Initiatives at The Dallas Morning News, where he is leading a fundraising campaign to support local news and community engagement. As an adjunct faculty member of The Poynter Institute, he organizes and teaches seminars for professional journalists on writing, reporting and editing, and coaches in the Local News Innovation Program, which helps newsrooms make the transition to sustainable digital publishing. As an editor with the American Press Institute’s Better News site, he helps newsrooms present their best practices in digital transformation. In 2013, he was a Sulzberger fellow at Columbia University, where he studied executive leadership and journalism innovation. He is a former president of the Society for Features Journalism and served on the governing board of the Asian American Journalists Association. 

Instructor Christopher Wynn of The Dallas Morning News

Christopher Wynn

Christopher Wynn is the Arts & Entertainment Editor of The Dallas Morning News where he leads the newsroom’s continued evolution of its features content online and in print. He edits The News’ award-winning Sunday arts and culture section and oversees its entertainment website and a team of food journalists. He joined The News in 2005 and was previously a staff writer and later deputy editor for the newspaper’s former lifestyle magazine, FD. He is also a podcaster and led the creation of a seven-part audio adaptation of the narrative series “My Aryan Princess,” which last year won Best Podcast from the Society for Features Journalism.

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