The Jazz Journalists Association, of which I’m president, has hope to produce a nationwide conference on media transitions and how currently active professionals cope with them. Today’s National Arts Journalism Program’s summit raises many of the issues and even more questions that challenge my colleagues and I. So I’m going to do some live blogging here, posting a succession of comments while in the lecture hall of Columbia U’s j-school with about a dozen other journalists, watching the summit taking place at the USC Annenberg Center in LA. Here we go, starting with my reaction to the first hour of the summit’s content (the tech’s working pretty well!)
So far, the discussion is based on an institutional level. I completely agree with the idea that arts journalists (and all journalists) must use new technology to penetrate the new media landscape. And I understand that I ought to today put aside my particular interests in advancing my specific “beat” and absorb this discussion as an arts journalist overall, not a writer addressing the specific problems of those facing prevailing editorial assumptions about the value of coverage for this beat itself. That is a task for my colleagues and I once we’ve mastered the new tech and new landscape.