Newspaper Arts Criticism: Two Papers, One Voice

The collaborative efforts of the DMN and the Star-Telegram are not confined to the newsrooms. Art & Seek’s Jerome Weeks, who once wrote book reviews and such for the former, notices some shared reviews of the Fort Worth Symphony, Stage West’s Production, and (shout-out) Chris Shull’s take on the Texas Ballet Theater’s Nutcracker. Here’s an even more aggressive, cost-cutting proposal: Remove specific mentions of the play, piece, CD, etc that is being reviewed. Write one generic essay that describes the work as “ambitious, yet flawed … well-intentioned, but ultimately not delivering on the promises it makes to the audience early on.” Rate it a 7.5 out of 10. Copy. Paste. Print. Done.

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2 responses to “Newspaper Arts Criticism: Two Papers, One Voice”

  1. So Sad says:

    Even more reason to cancel a subscription if you had been reading both papers. Once again, management decisions are driving these papers down faster than internet competition.

  2. Bethany says:

    Couldn’t they also just eliminate Bill Addison’s restaurant reviews the same way?

    “it was swarthy.”