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Dallas Cultural Journalists--Don't Let the Bastards Get to Second Base

Laura's news from Dallas is terrible, disgusting--what "products"? But I have a side comment, one that I've sidled up to in this venue before in my role as popcult booster-philosopher. In my view, arts journalism and sports journalism are part of the same larger entity, cultural journalism. Both comment on human activities that include a crucial aesthetic dimension their practitioners are well aware of. When I decided I wanted to write journalism, sportswriting was my first plan--inspired by Red Smith and especially the great boxing critic A.J. Liebling. Who was also a press critic, meaning he belonged to two clans I see as parts of cultural journalism. David Carr, welcome aboard.

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By Anne Midgette on March 4, 2010 8:02 AM

Another similarity between arts and sports journalism that I often invoke: both call for "game coverage" (or reviews) to allow readers to follow the players over a season.

Unfortunately the trend among arts editors these days is to go heavy on the features and downplay the reviews, rather than finding a balance of both. Imagine a sports section that only wrote about the players and didn't cover last night's game.

Articles, Mar. 1, 2010


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