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Fellowships Announced for Arts Journalism Program

Seven distinguished arts journalists have been selected as fellows for the USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Program.

The fellowships will emphasize the visual arts and architecture of Los Angeles, with attention paid to how conversation about the arts creates an increasingly valued buzz in global media.

Fellows visit private studios, rehearsal rooms, architectural firms and art schools and will have behind-the-scenes opportunities to meet renowned artists, arts administrators and accomplished journalists. Fellow will have the opportunity to share ideas with students who are mastering the skills needed to participate in new digital journalism cultures.

With support from The Getty Foundation, the program is now in its ninth year and seeks to establish a standard of excellence in arts and culture coverage.

The two-week fellowship program runs from Nov. 7-21.

The fellows for 2010 are:

Joerg Haentzschel, writer and editor. New York-based Haentzschel writes about American arts and culture for the German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung. He has covered all cultural fields and interviewed such luminaries as P.T. Anderson, William Eggleston and Werner Herzog. He spent two years as deputy chief of the Sueddeutsche arts department in Munich and was its sole writer in New York covering the events on and after 9/11.

Jennifer Hsu, video journalist and producer. Hsu reports for public radio station WNYC’s interactive online arts portal ( and created the ongoing “Know Your Neighbor” video series of personal portraits. She has produced reports for WNYC and Public Radio International, as well as Rolling Stone, and focuses on music, politics, architecture and urban planning in addition to stories about extraordinary everyday people.

Ryan Pearson, reporter. As a Los Angeles-based entertainment producer for Associated Press Television, Pearson covers film, music, video games and pop culture. Pearson previously spent eight years as an editor and writer at the Associated Press, covering topics from wildfires to pro skateboarding.

Gillian Rennie, writer and editor. Rennie lectures on journalism and media studies at Rhodes University in South Africa. For the past 10 years, she has edited and written for Cue, a daily newspaper produced by the university’s journalism school to cover the annual National Festival of the Arts. She has written for publications such as Grocott’s Mail, The Natal Witness and The Sunday Independent.

Alissa Walker, writer and editor. Focusing on design and architecture, Walker has edited the design blog UnBeige for three years. She co-created and serves as curator for GOOD Design, an event series where designers present solutions to urban problems across the country, and she is the associate producer of public radio station KCRW’s DnA: Design and Architecture. She is the author of CityWalks Architecture: New York, a walking guide organized into 25 itineraries.

Wei-Wei Wang, columnist and reporter. Originally from Taiwan, Wang covers the Beijing arts scene for Taiwan-based ARTCO magazine. In addition to her column in Art and Investment, she is currently working on a year-long series of monthly interviews with Chinese contemporary art collectors for publication in the same magazine. She has also worked for the Beijing bureau of Christian Science Monitor and served as gallery manager for Boers-Li Gallery in Beijing.

Douglas Wolk, writer and critic. Based in Portland, Ore., Wolk writes about comics and graphic novels for The New York Times Book Review, and Publishers Weekly. He also has written about pop music for Rolling Stone, Time and In 2002-03, he was a mid-career fellow with the National Arts Journalism Program at Columbia University.

“These journalists want to drive the global conversation about arts and culture,” said Sasha Anawalt, founder and director of the USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Program. “They have the skills, energy and ideas to spark further change in how people participate in the arts and make them meaningful to their lives. This is our most international fellowship so far.”

The 2010 USC Annenberg/Getty Fellows were selected from a pool of more than 75 applicants from 19 U.S. states and 17 foreign countries by a committee of arts journalists and journalism school directors.

Jeff Weinstein, deputy director of the USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Program, will participate in the fellowship and lend his expertise as a leading arts editor. Douglas McLennan, founder and editor of, also will be present during the fellowship for master’s classes on multimedia storytelling and career advisement. Arianna Sikorski, in her fourth year as program coordinator, completes the USC Annenberg/Getty Fellowship staff.

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