THE NATIONAL ARTS JOURNALISM
PROGRAM SEEKS to improve the quality of arts and cultural
journalism, as well as its prestige in American newsrooms. The extent
to which journalism is probing or superficial, broadly engaging
or exclusive, helps determine the level of public appreciation of
Arts journalism is indispensable not only to public
awareness and understanding of creative expression. It informs the
ways cities and regions relate to their artistic and cultural resources,
and make decisions about investing in them.
Since 1994, the NAJP has sought to advance arts and
cultural news coverage in three ways:
to nearly 124 arts and cultural journalists—critics, reporters
and editors—seeking to excel in their work.
Publishing a series of research
reports that shed light upon the news media's performance
in the area of arts and cultural criticism and reportage.
Convening major conferences
(and publishing related reports) on subjects ranging from cultural
property and patrimony disputes to free expression in the arts.
The NAJP is the nation’s only meeting place
where journalists and news executives interact variously with artists,
arts and cultural administrators and funders, scholars and public
officials. The program is a visible and vital presence within the
journalism profession and in the larger national dialogue about
the arts. In the largest sense, the NAJP is laying the foundation
for the professionalization of arts journalism, a development of
vital significance to every field of the arts—for without
informed, reliable, factual journalistic coverage, the health of
the arts in America will be at risk.
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