Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance

Winners of the Knight/NEA Community Arts Journalism Challenge to be announced via live webcast on October 10, 2011

New Arts Journalism Models to be Unveiled
Finalists and honorable mentions hail from eight cities including Philadelphia

Karim Olaechea,
P: 215-399-3518, C: 267-971-9716
Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance

As anyone who watches television news or reads a newspaper knows, the world of journalism is changing dramatically. Newspapers are shrinking, television news programs are morphing, and the internet is exploding. In response to these profound shifts, in particular to the erosion of arts journalism, the National Endowment for the Arts and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation put forward the Knight/NEA Community Arts Journalism Challenge in July 2011.

Two hundred and thirty-three individuals and organizations in eight pilot communities including Philadelphia submitted their solutions to preserve and promote arts journalism. From the 233 applications, five finalists (receiving up to $20,000) and six Honorable Mentions (receiving $1,000) were selected. In addition to Philadelphia the pilot cities are: Akron, Ohio; Detroit, Mich.; Macon, Ga.; Charlotte, N.C.; Miami, Fla.; San Jose, Calif.; and St. Paul, Minn.

The live webcast announcement of the finalists and honorable mentions made from the Grantmakers in the Arts conference in San Francisco, California is on October 10, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. PST/11:00 a.m. MST/12:00 p.m. CST/1:00 p.m. EST.

WHAT: Live webcast announcing finalists and honorable mentions of the Knight/NEA Community Arts Journalism Challenge

WHEN: October 10, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. PST/1:00 p.m. EST

WHO: Joan Shigekawa, senior deputy chairman, National Endowment for the Arts
Dennis Scholl, vice president/arts, Knight Foundation

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Join the conversation at #artsjourn.

TO REQUEST AN INTERVIEW: Please contact: Karim Olaechea,, P: 215-399-3518, C: 267-971-9716

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