But since the Goldring Arts Journalism Program began in 2005, the
spring semester has brought master’s level students who intimately know
the subject matter they choose to focus on during the intense, 12-month
program. They hold bachelor’s degrees in music, art, theater, film,
fashion and animation. They are international and they are worldly. They
are an asset to any newsroom.
The New Times has been fortunate enough to host several
Goldring students as spring interns, among them former music editor
Julie Pinnsoneault (2006), Nina Fedrizzi (2007) and Leah Dennison
(2010), who wrote the June 23 cover story about Jazz Fest opener Evan
Historically, these students have been asked to study and write about
a cultural institution—and there are many—that calls Syracuse home.
This task is threefold in nature: to introduce them to the city they’ll
call home for the next year, to urge them to make necessary contacts
within the cultural institutions for future journalistic assignments,
and to compile an article for a newspaper. And that’s where The New Times came into this process.
With our Fall Arts Preview section looming, and after several initial
meetings with program director Johanna Keller, professor and dean
emeritus David Rubin and some Goldring alumni, I met in July with the
incoming Goldringers, as they are affectionately called, to hash out
story ideas. On these next pages are the results of that process.
I hope you will find these arts-and-culture related articles as
interesting, and often eye-opening, as I did. There is some real
burgeoning talent on the Hill, and I can only hope a few of those
students make their way to West Genesee Street as spring interns.