With this post, I am officially launching NJArts.net.
A little background first: As a journalist, I’ve been covering the arts in New Jersey for 30 years — the last 25 of them with the state’s largest daily newspaper, The Star-Ledger. For most of that time, I’ve been a pop-rock critic; more recently, though, I’ve been an editor, and for the last two years I was the paper’s arts and entertainment editor.
Like a lot of other Star-Ledger employees, I left the paper on Sept. 5 as part of a massive reorganization. And the main thing I’m going to be doing now is editing and writing for this web site.
It’s my belief — and, judging from the talks I’ve been having with people involved in the state art’s scene, a lot of other people’s belief, too — that there is a need for a web site that provides thorough, quality coverage of the arts, in all their forms, in all parts of the states. A single place you can go for news, previews, reviews, listings, on-sale information and more; that covers all kinds of events, big and small; and actively reaches out to people via social media. A site full of positive energy, but not an unquestioning cheerleader for the state’s artists and cultural institutions.
That’s what I’m going to strive to make this site be.
I recognize that there is other quality Jersey arts journalism going on elsewhere on the web, and promise to regularly alert NJArts.net readers about other posts worth checking out, as well.
Needless to say, this is a work in progress. I would have liked to have the calendars and other listings more complete before launching, and have more photos throughout the site, but figured it was better to make the site active as soon as possible. But come back often — I promise there will be new stuff all the time. And if you feel we’re really missing something — or want to let us know anything else — please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We need your help!
CONTRIBUTE TO NJARTS.NET
Since launching in September 2014, NJArts.net, a 501(c)(3) organization, has become one of the most important media outlets for the Garden State arts scene. And it has always offered its content without a subscription fee, or a paywall. Its continued existence depends on support from members of that scene, and the state’s arts lovers. Please consider making a contribution of any amount to NJArts.net via PayPal, or by sending a check made out to NJArts.net to 11 Skytop Terrace, Montclair, NJ 07043.