“Crossing Borders”

  • By Julian Oquendo
  • September 18, 2020

The free (virtual) conference happens next week!


Arts journalism takes center stage during an upcoming virtual event hosted by the DC-based nonprofit Day Eight. Its third annual Arts Journalism Conference, "Crossing Borders," which runs Sept. 21-25, features workshops, speeches, and panel discussions, all presented via Zoom and led by industry and media professionals.

“There’s always been a question about what gets coverage [in the arts] and what standards are applied in creating a review,” says Robert Bettmann, director of Day Eight’s fellowship program. “This year’s conference was developed to allow participants to dig into questions of identity and cultural production, while developing connections with other arts journalists.”

One highlight of the event is the workshops, taught by experts including Hrag Vartanian, editor-in-chief of Hyperallergic; Carolina Miranda, culture critic for the L.A. Times; Soraya McDonald, culture critic for Undefeated and a 2020 Pulitzer finalist; and Anying Guo, an arts writer for the Washington Post.

The closing keynote session on Fri., Sept. 25, will feature Maura Judkis of the Washington Post, Ebone Bell from Tagg magazine, Paul Schmelzer of the Walker Art Center, and workshop leaders Soraya McDonald and Carolina Miranda.

Day Eight’s mission is to support participation in the arts through the production, publication, and promotion of creative projects; the conference is part of its arts journalism fellowship program.

The conference is free to attend, but registration is required. Click here for a complete list of events, participants, and sponsors.

Julian Oquendo is an associate instructor for General Assembly's Data Science and Analytics programs, and a 2020 Arts Writing Fellow with Day Eight. Follow him on Twitter at @joqu86.

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