November 3, 2009
San Francisco Classical Voice Awarded Third Prize in National Contest
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LOS ANGELES, Nov. 2, 2009 – The USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism and the National Arts Journalism Program announced the results of voting for projects entered in the National Summit on Arts Journalism, held Oct. 2 at the Annenberg School Auditorium on the University of Southern California campus in Los Angeles. First prize with a cash award of $7,500 was awarded to Glasstire of Texas. Second prize with a cash award of $5,000 went to FLYP Media of New York City. Third prize with a cash award of $2,500 was awarded to San Francisco Classical Voice.
“Each of the web-related projects presented at the Summit represented an aspect of the changing nature of arts journalism,” said Summit co-director Sasha Anawalt. “These are challenging times for journalism, but the creativity and level of commitment to reinventing the ways that the arts are covered is inspiring.”
“Great work is being done in many places,” said Summit co-director Douglas McLennan. “Our hope with this contest was to explore some of the issues facing arts journalism and highlight some of the creative ways in which people are trying to address them.”
Ten innovative models of the next generation of arts journalism were initially presented at the Summit. Five of the projects, chosen from among 109 submissions in response to an open call earlier this summer, competed for a total of $15,000 in prize money, courtesy of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
San Francisco Classical Voice was initially awarded $2,000 for being one of the top-five submissions as determined by a panel of judges. Following the Summit, members of the National Arts Journalism Program and alumni of the NEA Arts Journalism Institute were eligible to vote online for the top three prizes. The top presentations are archived and available on the Summit Web site.