25 Arts Journalists Chosen for NEA Fellowships at USC/Annenberg

By: E&P Staff

The National Endowment for the Arts Journalism Institute has chosen 25 arts journalists from around the country to be fellows at the USC Annenberg School for Communication from Jan. 30 to Feb. 9, 2007. The fellows include theater critics and editors, features writers and arts editors from various media. The program, which will offer intensive training for critics and editors is part of a $1 million NEA initiative.

“All the American arts depend on media coverage and intelligent criticism,” said NEA chairman Dana Gioia in a written statement. “The NEA Arts Journalism Institutes provide professional development to improve both the quantity and quality of this country’s arts journalism, which benefits both the artists and the public. We’re extremely pleased to continue working with the USC Annenberg School for Communication in providing an outstanding professional development opportunity for these Fellows.”

Below is a full list of the winners:

— David Burke, entertainment editor, Quad-City Times, Davenport, Iowa

— Sherry Deatrick, affiliated freelancer, Louisville Eccentric Observer, Ky.

— Anthony Del Valle, theater critic, Las Vegas Review Journal, Nev.

— Darcie Flansburg, staff writer, Redlands Daily Facts, Calif.

— Barry Gaines, theater critic, Albuquerque Journal, N.M.

— Michael P. Howley, theater critic, The Montgomery Advertiser, Ala.

— Marty Hughley, theater and dance critic, The Oregonian, Ore.

— Mia Leonin, freelance writer, Miami Herald, Fla.

— Sherry Lucas, staff writer and columnist, The Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, Miss.

— Deborah Martin, assistant arts and entertainment editor, San Antonio Express-News, Texas

— Michael Maza, assistant arts editor, Dallas Morning News, Texas

— E. Kyle Minor, freelance writer, New Haven Register, Conn.

— Richard Moeschl, arts and entertainment editor, Mail Tribune, Medford, Ore.

— Michael Morain, arts reporter, Des Moines Register, Iowa

— Joseph Nickell, arts and entertainment reporter, The Missoulian, Missoula, Mont.

— Dana Oland, art and culture reporter, Idaho Statesman, Boise, Idaho

— Bridgette Redman, theater critic and columnist, Lansing State Journal, Mich.

— Rebecca J. Ritzel, freelance writer, Intelligencer Journal, Lancaster, Pa.

— Kati Schardl, arts writer, Tallahassee Democrat, Fla.

— Jennifer Smith, freelance writer, Isthmus, Madison, Wis.

— Whitney Smith, performing arts writer, The Indianapolis Star, Ind.

— John Stoehr, arts and culture reporter, Savannah Morning News, Ga.

— Renee Valois, freelance theater critic, St. Paul Pioneer Press, Minn.

— Victoria Welch, staff writer, The Burlington Free Press, Vt.

— Byron Woods, theater and dance critic, The Independent Weekly, Durham, N.C.

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