If you’re reading this blog, you know I write a lot. Too much, some might say.

So I’m sending this call out to potential writers.

I’m looking for journalists primarily but also critics with demonstrable expertise in one or more of the following areas:

  • architecture
  • historical preservation
  • gaming history, trends, culture
  • design
  • dance, ballet, modern, contemporary, country line-dancing
  • cultural history
  • comic books, graphic novels
  • contemporary classical music
  • visual art
  • art history
  • poetry, spoken word
  • literary studies
  • movies, cinema history and tradition
  • internet technology, new media
  • television
  • theater
  • fashion
  • pop art, graffiti, etc.
  • My immediate need is securing a stable of critics (particularly in theater and visual art), but I’m also looking for people who can write long-form news, profiles, features, analysis and commentary about arts and culture. In short, I’d like to build relationship with cultural and literary journalists in the city and region.

    I’m interested in raising questions about the arts in Charleston and beyond, analyzing controversies, researching an idea or point of view, and reporting what you find to a reader who cares. Examples of this kind of journalism can be found easily via links at Altweeklies, ArtsJournal, BookForum, and Arts & Letters Daily.

    Areas of journalistic interest include:

  • urban planning
  • business of the arts
  • arts and politics
  • new media
  • arts and philosophy
  • psychology and the arts
  • arts and medicine
  • the culture wars
  • art and religion
  • globalization
  • arts education
  • creative workforce
  • arts and race, class, social status
  • consciousness and creativity
  • arts and sports
  • arts and technology
  • There’s more, much more. This is only a list and I’m open to talking about your ideas. You never know what will catch my attention. However, it’s safe to say I won’t be interested in stories about the high school marching band. That is, unless the band is part of a larger framework in a story about arts education, arts and racial issues, etc. Please get in touch via email — stoehr [at] charlestoncitypaper [dot] com.

    Thanks and have a great New Year. —J.S.