Jeffrey Brown: Here’s to a Year of Art Beat

BY Jeffrey Brown  December 4, 2009 at 10:03 PM EDT

Hard to believe, but it’s been a year since we launched Art Beat, NewsHour’s arts and culture blog. For the NewsHour generally, Art Beat has greatly increased our ability to delve into the arts, reporting on and presenting so much more than we could ever put on the program.

The arts have been valued here from the beginning: Both Robin MacNeil and Jim Lehrer are writers with a wide range of interests and a belief that the arts and culture should have a place in the daily news. But, of course, time, resources and the press of other news limit how much we can cover.

Art Beat offers a whole new space for us. It’s also worth mentioning one other important role Art Beat has played institutionally: It’s been at the forefront of the NewsHour’s concerted effort to bridge the television program and the Internet, to think in new ways about how — and where — we present our “content.”

*Read Jeff’s full reflection on the Art Beat’s one-year anniversary here*.