Significant new investment to fund additional arts journalism

• Herald and The Age’s group executive editor James Chessell, comments

The Copyright Agency, in partnership with the Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas, this week announced funding of $150,000 to support the publication of more arts reviews and criticism in The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Brisbane Times and WA Today.

The $150,000 granted to the media companies will enhance and be in addition to the considerable spending by News Corp and Nine on arts and review coverage.

The project will significantly increase the number and range of nationally published reviews and criticism of new Australian books and writing, plays, and art exhibitions.

The Sydney Morning Herald is now looking for fresh voices to add to its existing team of reviewers to work on a freelance basis covering theatre and visual arts.

Prospective writers should submit a short resume and links to three recent pieces of critical writing to arts editor Nick Galvin via ngalvin@smh.com.au by February 28.

“It’s important for any serious newsroom to cover the arts properly and this includes criticism,” said the Herald and The Age‘s group executive editor James Chessell.

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