During the course of a career, an arts journalist will inevitably wear many hats. This lecture speaks to the inherent malleability of arts journalism as a profession, and will compare and contrast the distinct and evolving roles of the freelancer, stringer, editor, contributing editor, corresponding editor, art critic, columnist, beat writer, reporter, essayist, and more, and connect those to the shifting working and writing contexts for print and the web. We’ll briefly track some aspects of the history of arts journalism, and assess what, for better and/or worse, is marking its current status.
James Yood is an Associate Professor and Director of the SAIC’s New Arts Journalism MA Program and an Affiliated Full-Time faculty member in Art History, Theory, and Criticism. Formerly an editor of the New Art Examiner, he has worked as an art critic and essayist for Artforum, art ltd, Aperture, GLASS, Art on Paper, tema celeste, Visual Art Source, Art and Auction, and American Craft, among others.