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Douglas McLennan

Douglas McLennan is the founder and editor of ArtsJournal.com, the leading aggregator of arts journalism on the internet. He has written for Salon, Newsweek, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, the London Evening Standard and National Public Radio's All Things Considered. He is executive director of the new Center for Arts, Media & Audience at USC’s Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism, and a visiting professor in arts management at Claremont Graduate University.

 

Abstract:

"And Now a Word From Our Sponsors: New Non-Profit Models for Arts Journalism"

On October 10, the Knight Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts announced the winners of the first Knight/NEA Community Arts Journalism Challenge, projects based in Charlotte, Detroit, Miami, Philadelphia and San Jose. That same day, the USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Program announced its 2011 Fellows and Engine29.org “Pop-up” Lab in Los Angeles. Both of these initiatives are evidence of growth in non-profit models for arts journalism and new institutional recognition that the field contributes positively to community building around the arts in the urban environment. This roundtable will ask what the individual projects awarded can tell us about future roles for arts journalists and critics as engaged participants in various musical scenes nationwide.