NY Magazine - firing Tobi Tobias
Posted 01 August 2002 - 05:38 PM
I hope something can be done, but it doesn't look good, does it?
Posted 02 August 2002 - 09:23 AM
Posted 31 July 2002 - 10:30 AM
I have read with tremendous sadness and astonishment of New York Magazine's apparent decision to drop dance coverage. For years, in giving Tobi Tobias a voice, New York Magazine has not just chronicled the development of an art form which has, more than any other, built its greatest achievements here in New York City, but has also been a discerning and important arbiter of those achievements.
It has never been more important than now to celebrate, cherish and, yes, husband our city's great cultural bounty, as Tobias has done so well, for so long. Shall the works of George Balanchine, Martha Graham, Alvin Ailey, Paul Taylor and Mark Morris (or the hundreds of less well-known dance artists whom Tobias and your magazine gave acknowledgment and legitimacy) exist no more for the readers of New York Magazine?
In relieving yourself of Tobias, and dance as a whole, you are doubtless saving yourself a few dollars, but it's not without a cost, both to your readers and to the cultural life of the city whose name you have so proudly (but with a waning legitimacy) claimed for your own. You've also relieved yourself of at least one reader.
I devoutly hope that New York Magazine will reconsider this unfortunate decision.
Posted 02 August 2002 - 08:33 AM
New York Magazine Drops Dance Column
Tobi Tobias, dance writer at New York magazine for the past 22 years, got a call from editor in chief Caroline Miller Tuesday night advising her that her column was being phased out.
It's not that she's being replaced by "someone cuter," the columnist said Thursday. She's just the latest victim of economics, in which the arts--and dance, in particular--are increasingly seen as expendable.
"New York City is a mecca for dance--and there are so few slots where dance is being covered in a steady and serious way," Tobias said. "Companies and artists--not just the people who report on them--are trying to find and retain an audience. Dance is seen as the 'orphan' art since its appeal is narrower than the others. Still, it needs to have its place."
Tobias has received a couple of dozen phone calls and nearly 100 e-mails since word got out. But the decision, it seems, is final.
"While we value Tobi's contribution, I decided not to renew her contract," Miller said. "But we're not abandoning dance. At least for the time being, we'll cover it through listings, features and reviews written by other staff people. In these difficult times, every publication in America has to make painful decisions about how to use limited resources in a way that best serves the readers. And it's no surprise to anyone that the audience for dance has diminished."
Posted 30 July 2002 - 06:25 PM
Dear Ms. Miller:
I'm very sad to hear of your magazine's decision to discontinue dance coverage by Tobi Tobias. Her reviews were the reason I read the magazine and visited the website; I have much less reason to do either without them. Not only was her writing incisive but the coverage of an important part of New York's cultural life stated an important truth: New Yorkers don't just watch TV, they go to the theater, the opera and dance performances. It's sad to think that you've decided that not enough people are interested to justify coverage. Count me as one reader for whom that was the main reason I read New York Magazine with pleasure.
I hope you will reconsider this sad, and I think misguided, decision.
Posted 31 July 2002 - 01:41 PM
I have a feeling NYCB had nothing to do with it - good reviews or bad, it was press, and now, this is one more place in which NYCB will not get covered at all. Controversy or even bad press is far better for New York City Ballet than irrelevance.
Posted 31 July 2002 - 07:35 AM
It is a disservice to the population of readers who have been influenced to go to a performance after reading one of Tobi Tobias' reviews.
and I can't remember what else I wrote b/c it was early this morning.
Posted 31 July 2002 - 08:45 AM
Posted 01 August 2002 - 04:21 PM
I guess they cut costs back so much, they can't afford to address people individually.
"work that best serves the reader"
for me it's the crossword and the dance reviews.
Previews aren't enough "coverage" of dance. That's like printing the movie timetable.
I'm pretty much annoyed and will in these difficult times, I think I'll save the money on a subscription and donate it to a company. I'll check their website and if I decide there's an article worth reading, I'll buy it.
Posted 02 August 2002 - 08:45 AM
I thought dance audiences were actually growing. With companies adding longer seasons and more and more festivals popping up.
Posted 31 July 2002 - 08:56 AM
TIME OUT NEW YORK reviews everything from restaurants to television...but not dance.
Posted 02 August 2002 - 04:33 AM
Thanks for your letter. It's true that we are discontinuing Tobi's reviews,
but it isn't the case that we're abandoning dance, or our commitment to
serious culture in New York. In these difficult times, every publication in
America has had to make painful choices, focusing limited resources on work
that best serves its readers. While we have valued Tobi's contribution to
the magazine, we believe that, for the time being, the best way to provide
ongoing coverage of dance is in other parts of the magazine.
We will continue to cover dance in previews, listings and features,
including the kinds of stories you mention. In fact we have a feature on
Mark Morris coming up later in the fall. We'll do our best to keep readers
informed of what's going on in dance, and give the dance community the
attention it deserves.
Posted 31 July 2002 - 09:51 AM
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