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USC Annenberg Gearing Up for Another Arts Journalism Boot Camp

“Gotta report about singing…. Gotta report about dancing…”

While no one is ever going to belt out those lyrics on a Broadway stage, that’s the basic idea behind the seventh annual Arts Journalism Institute in Theater and Musical Theater, an upcoming June 14th-24th fellowship for journalists, freelancers, and producers.

The program, now open for 2011 applications, is put on by USC Annenberg in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. Sasha Anawalt (pictured), founding director of the school’s graduate degree program “Specialized Journalism (The Arts),” will once again oversee the intensive 11-day event. Her associate directors this year are Douglas McLennan, editor and founder of Artsjournal.com, and Jeff Weinstein, editor and a former critic with The Village Voice, Philadelphia Inquirer and Bloomberg News. A total of 22 to 25 applicants will be accepted.

There are some nice testimonials on the Annenberg site from previous year event participants, including this quote from NPR and Washington City Paper reporter Glen Weldon: “I couldn’t have asked for a better mix of the sweepingly theoretical and the palpably concrete. One day would see furious discussion over the ways that technology has impacted the journalistic landscape, the next would offer fresh ideas for approaching, and advocating for, the arts in my community.”

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