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ArtsJournal was founded September 13, 1999 in the heady days of the dotcom boom. The site is a digest of some of the best arts and cultural journalism in the English-speaking world. Each day ArtsJournal features link to stories culled from more than 200 English-language newspapers, magazines and publications featuring writing about arts and culture. Stories from sites that charge for access are excluded (though there seem to be fewer and fewer of pay-access sites).

The current AJ site is the fourth design. In 2003 we added blogs and the site now features more than a dozen prominent writers on culture. We expect to keep adding to the number with individuals, group and limited-time group debate blogs.

Helpful (we hope) Tips
If you encounter a registration screen after clicking an ArtsJournal link, try logging in as either 'ajreader' or with the password 'access'. If you prefer to get ArtsJournal as an email (rather than visiting the site), you can sign up for a subscription on the home page in the box at the top right.

Arts Journal's editor is Douglas McLennan, formerly an arts columnist and arts reporter with the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and the Seattle Weekly. Doug writes on the arts for a number of publications (in his abundant free time), and is currently acting director of the National Arts Journalism Program while it reinvents itself.

Sam Bergman is AJ's assistant news editor (since January 2001) and a violist with the Minnesota Orchestra. In February 2004, he authored Road Trip, an ArtsJournal blog documenting one of the Minnesota Orchestra's European tours. Arts journalist Laura Collins-Hughes, based in new York City, is also a contributing news editor to the site.

If you have any questions about the site, please address them to Doug at:


  • The New York Times 07/09/03
  • Boston Globe 11/26/99
  • New York Times 12/16/99 (one-time registration required for entry)
  • Seattle Post-Intelligencer 01/04/00
  • Boston Herald 07/21/00

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