Monograph: Growing Interest, Shrinking Space: Arts Coverage in U.S. Newspapers
In 1998, the National Arts Journalism Program (NAJP) at Columbia University published Reporting the Arts, the first comprehensive analysis of arts coverage in mainstream American news media. The report studied trends in space, format, and coverage of arts and culture in daily newspapers from 10 communities and from selected national news outlets. Five years later, NAJP revisited the same 10 communities to observe what had changed in their cultural lives and local media coverage. Together, the publications yield a snapshot of how news organizations around the country are covering culture and, more importantly, how their approaches to arts coverage have evolved.
Americans for the Arts’ Monograph series featured in-depth issue papers on topics that were of the greatest interest to our members and arts professionals at the time. They often still serve as excellent resources for best practices and historic reference for today’s issues. Monographs were produced from 1993–2010. Monographs from 2001-2010 are available for downloadable in PDF format our online store at a nominal fee for nonmembers but free to members. All monographs from 1993-2000 are available for free download via the National Arts Administration and Policy Publications Database.
The National Journalism Program at Columbia University's Reporting the Arts studied trends in space, format, and coverage of the arts and culture in daily newspapers from 10 communities and from selected national news outlets.