This came to Pro Arts from Dee Billia of the South Orange Performing Arts Center. Thought it would be of interest.
Friends, I just got this message that the NY Times is cutting its arts coverage for the regions. This means no listings, no features, no arts writers.
This is a sad day.
From the Times–
Subject: To the reviewers and writers of Metropolitan’s regional pages.
The back-of-the-book reviews and features in Metropolitan are not only charming and smartly done, but they have long been a great service to our local readers, and evidence of our roots in and around New York City. Many of you are part of the Times family: your work has always been prized and appreciated by editors and readers alike.
But Dean Baquet and I have decided that the resources and energy currently devoted to these local pages could be better directed elsewhere. Therefore, we will publish our final reviews and features in the New Jersey, Westchester, Long Island and Connecticut editions on August 28. The Metropolitan section as it appears in New York City will still be published and circulated throughout the region, but it will no longer include zoned content
We did not make this decision lightly. Indeed, it was considered and rejected two years ago. But the realities of our business — and our future — have now made this measure necessary.
All stories booked to run this month will still be used, and full fees will be paid for any that get crowded out. Any expenses already incurred for stories set to appear after August will of course be reimbursed. In certain cases, we’ll pay kill fees if reporting has been done on post-August stories, too. Steve Bell, Hilary Howard and I will review any such cases.
Sorry about this, folks. I want to thank you for all you’ve done, all the fine writing you’ve given our readers. I wish you all the best.