Arts Journalism in the Age of the HuffingtonPost


Kimberly Brooks: Artist and Founding Editor, Huffington Post Arts
Robert Pincus: Senior Grants and Arts Writer, The Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego
John Seed: Professor of Art, MSJC, and Arts Blogger for Huffington Post Arts


A Panel Discussion

March 29, 2012, 12:30 to 2PM
Mt. San Jacinto College, Menifee Valley Campus


Since its opening in June of 2010 the Huffington Post Arts section has become a leading source of information and commentary on the Visual Arts, Design, Theater and Architecture. The HuffingtonPost, which calls itself “The Internet Newspaper” employs a unique and controversial business model in which a large contingent of volunteer bloggers create content that compliments the reporting of a small nucleus of paid editors and reporters.

As traditional newspapers consolidate sections, reduce their staff and develop models to charge for web-based content, the Huffington Post model has demonstrated tremendous vitality. In the month December, 2011 the Huffington Post site, including international editions, logged over 1.2 billion page views and recorded 36.2 million unique visitors.

Please join panelists Kimberly Brooks, Robert Pincus and John Seed as they discuss the changes in arts journalism that have come about as traditional newspapers are challenged by the Huffington Post and other forms of internet journalism. Among the topics they will touch on: what happens to arts coverage when bloggers cover the arts rather than paid professional critics?

About the Panelists:

Kimberly Brooks is an American painter and Founding Arts Editor of the Huffington Post. When the Huffington Post was first launched, Brooks, as an artist, made it a part of her practice to write about her experience being an artist and to interview other artists. After eighty plus interviews and essays, Brooks convinced Arianna that the site needed its own Arts section so that other artists, along with curators, critics and laypeople could do the same. Her paintings are collected internationally and she maintains her studio in Venice, California.

Ms. Brooks will be participating in the panel via live internet broadcast.

Robert Pincus Ph.D., is the Senior Grants and Arts Writer at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Pincus is an experienced arts journalist who served as the art critic for the San Diego Union Tribune for 25 years and also as a corresponding editor for Art in America. He is the author of a groundbreaking book on the major American artists Edward and Nancy Kienholz and has written essays for many books and exhibition catalogs. He has also taught as an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego for more than a decade.

Professor John Seed, of the Mt. San Jacinto College Art Department, has been blogging for Huffington Post Arts since its opening day and has published over 70 blog entries. Seed has also written about art and artists for magazines including Art Ltd, Harvard Magazine, and Honolulu.

All three panelists will be available to take questions from the audience.

Event Details:

Date: Thursday, March 29, 2012

Time: 12:30 to 2PM

Location: Mt. San Jacinto College, Menifee Campus, Room 927

28237 La Piedra Rd.

Menifee, CA 92584

Sponsored by MSJC Phi Theta Kappa

Admission is $2 with SGA sticker, $5 for members of the public

Tickets will be sold at the MSJC Bookstore beginning March 19th

50 tickets will be sold at the door on a first-come, first serve basis.

For more information: jseed@msjc.edu or call 951 639-5580

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