I don’t know what happened with the stream. I thought I had it covered with my little work-around with vodpod, but I guess not.
You can find the archived stream here.
I’m glad I had the opportunity to hang out with other Austin arts writers graciously hosted by Claire Ruud and Fluent Collaborative.
I discovered a kinship that I wasn’t aware of. But it is a kinship found in confusion, grief and frustration.
Awwwww shit, I feel a multi-post rant comin’ on.
Let me start at the beginning.
A couple of months ago NAJP summit announced its competition. With prize$ attached, my intere$t was piqued. But I haven’t been as productive as I’d like. Even with productivity at levels of my heyday, I don’t think I would’ve applied. The page is down now since the event has come to pass, but they were looking for “sustainable” projects, “looking for viability, both as a business and as a journalistic enterprise.” But when they said they are looking for new models for art journalism, I wasn’t thinking new business models, I thought they were after relevant distribution and delivery systems of cultural coverage. You know something other than ye olde newspaper with hand-cranked website.
Along those lines, I was excited for Bad at Sports and Giant Robot. They both represent different models that have found success. But I wasn’t expecting Bad at Sports to get far since they didn’t have a sustainable business plan in their crew of volunteers and donation solicitations. I clearly remember discouraging text as they were looking for NEW models and giggling at the number of submissions with no mention of business model or combo of volunteer and donations.
So as hard as NAJP tries to spin it, the rules were indeed changed.
But I wasn’t as put out by these shufflings as others were and decided to watch the summit. After all, Artsjournal has done a decent job of creating a platform for art journalism.