The USC Annenberg or Getty Arts Journalism Program fellowship is the only one of its kind in the United States open to accomplished national and international journalists. Incorporated in the year 2002, the fellowship was designed to bring mid-career arts journalists to Los Angeles and immerse them in the rich, challenging and diverse culture of the city.
Several core elements endure Los Angeles is used as a laboratory in which to study and encounter artists one-on-one mostly in their studios, firms, rehearsal rooms and behind-the-scenes. But in recent years, the fellowship has expanded its opportunities for experimenting with digital tools, platforms, multimedia storytelling, distribution methods and audience engagement.
Support of almost every nature from educational sessions and lectures by leading experts in arts, web design and development to a “genius bar” of tech helpers and renowned editors is given to the fellows so they can do the think-work and imagining. Conversations are often held over long, gracious fellowship dinners and tickets to arts events in L.A. are made plentiful. But the fellowship’s primary focus is on finding radical ways to make meaningful arts journalism in the future. The projects afford journalists the increasingly rare resource of a common space – not online, but real – in which to discuss, debate, swap knowledge and skills. Together they can influence journalism practices, whether technology-based or physical or ideological.
This year Engine30 will bring together an elite team of 15 arts journalists, web developers, designers and technologists to work as a team on next-generation stories, produced over eleven days in Los Angeles. This program particularly interested in integrating the arts journalists with technologists to explore new ways of telling stories on mobile platforms and beyond.
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