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by Deaundra Cash 

September 11, 2009

Arts journalists Mix it up to celebrate their new publication

The Mix

Twenty students have arrived at Syracuse University with much anticipation and one thing in common—their love for the arts and writing about them. As a component of their summer curriculum, the arts journalism students collaborated on a publication, The Mix, which served as a collection of profiles, stories, features and multimedia projects.

The Goldring Arts Journalism Program is the first master’s program in arts journalism at an accredited school. The program’s aim is to broaden the perspective and expertise of its students in all disciplines of art, from popular culture to architecture.

Like the disciplines of art the students concentrate in, The Mix spanned all art forms including food and wine, travel and arts education. The students were asked to highlight the arts community in the Central New York area and cover any topic of their choosing. “Navigating the arts/culture scene of a city that was totally new to me was challenging. It was also very enriching and a lot of fun,” says Leah Dennison, a student in the Goldring Program.  Each of the students wrote a story for The Mix and three were posted online.

The Mix was produced by the students with help from Goldring interim director David Rubin and Goldring graduate Michael LoPresti. Their publication was featured in The Post-Standard on Friday September 4, 2009 as a special supplement. The Goldring Arts Journalism Program also held a special reception for the arts experts and specialists who helped and contributed to the publication. Many of the arts journalism students were able to network through this experience and are now interning at various arts organizations around Syracuse and Central New York.

For more information about the Goldring Arts Journalism Program visit