If you’ve been following the letters to the editor or our News is a Conversation blog, you’ve probably noticed that reporter Julianne Crane will be reassigned to the Spokane Valley bureau to help with the Your Voice section. The final Visual Arts column will run next Thursday.
Crane’s outstanding visual arts reporting and Wheel Life column will be missed by many readers. While we have no plans to replace the RV column, our commitment to arts coverage remains as strong as ever.
Of course, losing a reporter means we have to change the way we do things. It also means we’ll be doing less.
Our plan for the future is constantly evolving. As a general rule, we’ll be more selective about the events we cover rather than dramatically change the way we cover them.
We’re working on a “weekend planner” feature that will appear on Thursdays on the Today cover. This will highlight a variety of the coming weekend’s events, with basic information including dates, times and ticket prices. We’ll continue to do preview stories of plays, concerts and visual arts events, but on a somewhat more limited basis.
Reviews are going to be scaled back as well, with a focus on major and ongoing events.
Jim Kershner will become our lead reporter for visual arts, but other reporters will also be doing occasional art stories. Tom Bowers will continue the Emerging Artist profiles in the “7” section. We’ll also be experimenting with some new online features.
We recognize the importance of arts and culture coverage and will strive to do the best we can with the resources we have available.
Your comments and suggestions are welcome – I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (509) 459-5480. You can also post comments at spokesmanreview.com/blogs/conversation.
– Ken Paulman, features editor