A New Blog At NAJP

In my other life (what other life?) I’m the acting director of the National Arts Journalism Program (NAJP). NAJP started out as a project of the Pew Charitable Trusts in an attempt to help improve the state of arts journalism. I was an NAJP fellow at Columbia University in 1996-97. The program offered fellowships, did some of the first research on arts journalism, and convened numerous conferences on cultural issues. Two years ago the program shut down at Columbia, and a year later a group of determined alumni decided to try to revive it.
We relaunched NAJP last fall, began recruiting members, and now boast almost 500 arts journalists from around America, making NAJP the largest association of arts journalists in America.
We’re in the process of creating new programs for NAJP, but one of the first projects is a blog where we hope to put news about the field, post opportunities, and point to great pieces of arts journalism. There will also be some pungent debates about the future of arts journalism and even some examples of the critical genre, we hope. Bloggers include: Lily Tung, Laura Sydell, Hollis Walker, Bob Christgau, John Horn, John Rockwell, Glenn Lovell, Patti Hartigan, Jeff Weinstein, Donald Munro, Laura Collins-Hughes, and Danyel Smith and me, and we’ll be adding more in the months to come.
So if you’re interested in arts journalism, click over to see the NAJP’s ARTicles, where rock critic Bob Christgau has already contributed a rollicking essay to get things started.

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  1. James L. Weaver says

    Congratulations on NAJP’s rebirth. During previous decades when art texts titled specific Artdom highlights as “Art of the 60’s”…etc., I always hoped that one decade would include at least one
    meaningful year when Art journalists produced primarily articles and features best described as art criticism, rather than the less beneficial art reviews, which I am told, are what publishers prefer, and/or insist upon. As a practicing studio artist, former art educator, writer, musician and
    very part-time actor, I follow the Arts, and second the notion that it will take the printed word to eventually return the Arts to an appreciated esthetic-based
    experience for all of us. Good Luck! J. Weaver, MFA

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