The film critic Margaret Pomeranz, novelist Charlotte Wood and festival director Wesley Enoch have joined a growing group of creatives and critics protesting against cuts to arts coverage at Fairfax newspapers, and losses to arts criticism in Australia more broadly. In a video compilation uploaded to Facebook on Sunday by the #FairGoFairfax campaign, Pomeranz said: “The Fairfax masthead has been a bastion of arts coverage in this country, and the thought of abandoning that is just appalling.” The video was released after Fairfax announced plans to shed 125 jobs, prompting a week-long strike by its journalists. Guardian Australia understands that positions being abolished will include all dedicated arts, film and books writers at the Age and the Sydney Morning Herald, along with two deputy arts editor roles. Contributors will be paid a lower rate for reviews and features, expected to be less than half of what they currently receive. Enoch, artistic director of Sydney festival – of which the Sydney Morning Herald is a media partner – said in the video: “Arts coverage is really important. How else are we going to get informed debate and discussion about some of the big cultural issues that happen in this country?” Charlotte… Read full this story
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