winners of NAJP summit announced

The USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism and the National Arts Journalism Program are pleased to announce the results of voting for projects entered in the National Summit on Arts Journalism, held October 2 at the Annenberg School Auditorium on the University of Southern California campus in Los Angeles.


First Prize of $7,500 goes to Glasstire ( of Texas. Second Prize of $5,000 goes to FLYP Media ( of New York City. Third Prize of $2,500 goes to San Francisco Classical Voice ( . Additionally, all three projects, along with finalists Departures (a project of KCET in Los Angeles and Flavorpill ( ), previously were awarded $2,000 each for being chosen finalists for the National Arts Journalism Summit.


Voters are members of the National Arts Journalism Program and alumni of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Arts Journalism Institutes.


“Each of the projects presented at the Summit represents an aspect of the changing nature of arts journalism,” said Summit co-director Sasha Anawalt. “These are challenging times for journalism, but the creativity and level of commitment to reinventing the ways that the arts are covered is inspiring.”


“We began with the basic premise that good journalism will continue,” said Summit co-director Douglas McLennan. “Great work is being done in many places. Our hope here was to explore some of the issues facing journalism and highlight some of the creative ways in which people are trying to address them. I think that the range of projects and ideas testifies to this.”


Ten innovative models of the next generation of arts journalism were presented at the Summit. Five of the projects, chosen from among 109 submissions in response to an open call earlier this summer competed for a total of $15,000 in prize money, courtesy of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The five other “demonstration” projects were not included in the competition; they offered ideas both from inside and outside arts journalism that touch on finding new models to support arts journalism.


Primarily a virtual event, the Summit was streamed live from Annenberg Auditorium in front of a live audience, and thousands of viewers from around the world watched and participated via text chat and Twitter. All ten presentations are archived and available on the Summit Videos from the Summit have been viewed more than 10,000 times so far.

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