A commentary from local artist and art professor Katherine Sweetman has reignited a conversation about how The San Diego Union-Tribune covers the arts. Sweetman had been tapped to write one of the U-T’s new arts blogs, but instead of offering coverage of an event or a show in the local arts scene, she used her post to resign from the task and criticize the newspaper.
She lamented the U-T arts bloggers’ setup: no pay, no editing. Here’s a bit of her post as she published it directly to the U-T website:
We were a small army of of advanced-degree carrying practicing artists, college professors, and arts writers ready to take up the challenge of solving the lack of arts coverage in San Diego and fixing the mess the Union Tribune created when it laid off its only Art Critic, Robert Pincus, last June. …
And then it hit us.
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