Cover Story

Critical Condition

By Cover Story March 12, 2013

“If you are counting full-time critic jobs at newspapers, you may as well count tombstones.” That was the response of Johanna Keller, director of the Goldring Arts Journalism Program at Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, to a Nieman Reports query about the number of professional critics employed at dailies around the country. The figures on newspaper critics (News flash: they're not good) are one indication of the state of criticism today, but they are not the only one. Read more … Read more

Concision and Clarity: The Extended Transcript

Cover Story March 5, 2013

Brett Anderson: We’re here with Robert Christgau, the dean of American rock critics. Robert Christgau: Got it right. Brett: …who has been writing about popular music professionally for closing in on 50 years. Is that accurate? Robert: No, … Read more