It’s hard to accept the premise that newspapers are worth saving when they cut away the reasons to buy them. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has pretty much declared it’s out of the culture coverage business by getting rid of its arts staff, including a few critics who have had national prominence. Art critic Catherine Fox has been a bright light nationally, covering antiquities. Arts journalism will survive. Just not in newspapers.
Star lifestyle writer Jim Auchmutey will be leaving. So will star war
correspondent Moni Basu — perhaps not surprising since the AJC‘s
days of sending reporters abroad seems to be over. The paper also
appears to be clearing house of its arts critics: visual arts critic
Cathy Fox, theater critic Wendell Brock and classical music critic
Pierre Ruhe, as well as Sonia Murray, who writes about the hip-hop