Two recent articles in Philadelphia’s Broad Street Review take on the issues of criticism, ethics, and compensation of reviewers, setting up a circular firing squad, as it were, as they address these topics.
- How important is professionalism in an era when everyone’s a critic?
- Should critics submit their reviews to editors?
- Does it matter if critics are paid by the publication?
- If the critic’s only compensation comes in the form of comp tickets, is the writer beholden to the presenter?
CVNC is a 501c3 non-profit providing coverage of the arts across North Carolina. Here’s our take on this.
- CVNC writers are professionals in their fields. We also mentor student interns and provide them the opportunity to hone this craft.
- Writers are paid. Interns receive small stipends to help cover travel costs.
- All reviews are edited.
- When a review is assigned, a CVNC staff member requests two comp tickets from the presenter. (Purchasing the tickets would more than double our expenses.)
- Reviews and the calendar on CVNC are supported by:
- Tax-deductible individual donations and donor-advised funds from community foundations;
- Grants from government agencies, foundations, and corporate matching funds; and
- Display ads purchased by advertisers at nominal rates.
Do you agree with CVNC‘s take on the process?
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