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Regarding reviews of arts events:



Over the past several years the quantity and quality of coverage of arts events in Nevada County has improved notably with all local media. Revenue generated from arts events for the county coffers continues to grow exponentially; it must be an incredible challenge for media representatives to try to keep up with all that takes place on a weekly basis. The calendars of Center of the Arts, Miners Foundry and St. Joseph’s Cultural Center alone could probably fill the Prospector’s feature articles every week. Some time ago, John Seelmeyer explained to me the reasons his newspaper does not write reviews of arts events: 1. Many of them are one- or two-time events and lose newsworthiness after the fact. 2. Reviewing local live theatre is extremely problematic due to conflict-of-interest questions: finding knowledgeable reviewers who operate from an unbiased perspective, and unfavorable reviews (received rightly or wrongly) are injurious to the community, while “puff” pieces masquerading as reviews are dishonest journalism. I applaud Mr. Seelmeyer’s decision to focus on more in-depth features on arts events before the fact and thank him and his staff for following through with effective coverage.




Alexi Bonifield

Nevada City


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