WALL STREET JOURNAL'S GIFT OF THE WEEK" COLUMN ON HOLD FOR NOW
Philanthropy writer Sally Beatty has gone off to greener pastures (joining the PR parade), and the Wall Street Journal hasn't replaced her, so the "Gift of the Week" philanthropy column is no longer appearing. No word on whether it will be resurrected.
CITY BEAT'S NEW ARTS EDITOR BECOMES ACTING EDITOR
Rebecca Schoenkopf, who just signed on as City Beat's arts editor, takes over for the quickly departed Steve Lowery, according to LA Observed, which also says, "The paper is proceeding toward a mid-June relaunch into a publication with more of a magazine sensibility…"
BAD FEW WEEKS FOR DANCE CRITICS
The intrepid Lucy Pollak (Lucy Pollak Public Relations) joins in decrying "the decline of newspapers and the state of arts coverage everywhere in the U.S.," and passes along that Village Voice senior dance critic Deborah Jowitt was axed.
This note is from Linda Yudin, artistic director of Viver Brasil Dance Company. I have her permission to pass it along. The posting is from artsjournal.com.
FROM LINDA (EXCERPTS):
Dear All, I am in shock one more time, yes shock. I learned about dance from Deborah Jowitt when I first became interested in dance at the University of IL. And have enjoyed to this day, reading her Village Voice critiques and articles. This is sad news, just as sad as losing the full time dance position at the LA Times. Now 2 large cities have limited dance space. The papers have gone mad!
FROM JOHN ROCKWELL AT ARTSJOURNAL.COM (EXCERPT):
A brief word about [Deborah Jowitt]. As dance lovers already know, she was fired from her staff position as senior dance critic of the Village Voice, which seems to take a special glee in leading the feral pack of magazines and newspapers trying to save a pittance by decimating their arts staffs. Bob Christgau was the first big name critic to go (he may now see himself as having been liberated), and now Jowitt. Both were the leaders of their particular packs, Bob of rock criticism, Deborah of dance criticism.
Did everyone notice Classical Music Critic Mark Swed's byline on Monday's LA Times dance review?
INTRODUCING NEW DAILY NEWS EDITOR
Carolina Garcia is the Daily News' editor, replacing Ron Kaye. LA Observed has an introduction.