Are You an Aspiring Arts Critic? The New York Times Is Launching a Paid Fellowship Program to Give You a Shot at the Big Time

The paper of record is hoping to help train the next generation of arts critics with a year-long fellowship.

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The New York Times is offering a one-year fellowship in 2020 aimed at training a young arts critic at a time when staff positions are increasingly hard to find.

“For much of its history, the Times has believed in the ability of arts criticism to help its millions of readers understand the world,” the paper’s listing for the position said. “Given the continued diminishment of opportunities for up and coming writers, the Times is establishing a fellowship position in 2020.”

Applicants are required to have between two and four years of experience publishing frequently about theater, dance, classical music, or fine art. The Times says the ideal candidate should be comfortable with assessing both the aesthetic value of a work and the larger contexts surrounding it. The fellows will be paired with a dedicated writing coach to “ensure regular feedback and maximize opportunities for growth.”

The fellowship will be paid but the paper declined to specify the rate.

“Coverage of theater, art, dance, and classical music is essential to the mission of the Culture desk and the future of fine arts criticism depends on institutions like the Times investing in the next generation of writers and thinkers,” culture editor Gilbert Cruz told artnet News in an email. He described the new one-year fellowship position as “a modest but meaningful attempt toward that end.”

The deadline to apply for the fellowship is November 20, though the Times encourages interested writers to apply sooner.

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