Arts unlikely to survive Fairfax cuts

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Deborah Stone

Arts coverage is under threat in Australian newspapers as The Age and SMH announce they are turning tabloid and making massive staff cuts.

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Newspaper big shots never much liked the arts. You get to the top in media by doing police rounds and politics not by covering culture. Media practice, developed and maintained by men of a certain age, designates stories about underworld drug bosses, party heavies and union bosses as “hard” news and stories about things ordinary people care about – like family or grief or love – as “soft”. Football, with all that sweat and testosterone, is a category all of its own.

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Deborah Stone is Editor of ArtsHub.