The arts are thriving — and we can’t afford to ignore them – Google Alerts

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It is no secret that the media industry — print, digital, audio, photo/video, all of it — is undergoing a rapid transformation, and we are struggling to keep up. Over the last several years, newsrooms across the country have been hemorrhaging resources and talent. Layoffs and departures are becoming unfortunately common. This year alone, hundreds of jobs have been cut at major media companies such as VICE, Buzzfeed and McClatchy, to name just a few.

As news outlets weather the storm, priorities shift, resources are reallocated, and journalists are spread thinner and thinner. This so often — and so detrimentally — means cutting coverage of  the arts.

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Recognizing this shift, the Poynter Institute held its inaugural “How to Cover the Arts on Any Beat” workshop in May. Thirty reporters and editors from across the country (including myself) convened at Poynter with a shared mission: to preserve, revitalize and advance arts journalism. Our ranks included journalists from Southern California to upstate New York, from Montana to Mississippi to Oklahoma to Florida.

Upon our arrival, Tom Huang, assistant managing editor at the Dallas Morning News and a Poynter editing fellow, greeted the group with a pragmatic assessment of the current state of arts coverage in 2019.

“This is a fight,” Huang told us, “and I’m enlisting you in this fight.” He cited his own newsroom’s recent layoffs: In January, the Morning News laid off more than 40 employees, including several arts journalists.

Over two days at Poynter, a slate of seasoned journalists emphasized the impact of arts reporting, shared techniques for finding good stories, and teased out the relationship between the arts and other beats.

A story about street art, for example, is also a metro or crime story: How do lawmakers and law enforcement officials determine the…

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