"$25 and Under"; how many critics?
Posted 14 February 2005 - 01:09 AM
Lately, we've been having a discussion (click here to have a look) about, among other things, whether we would "rather that one writer take over the ["$25 and Under"] column as opposed to sharing it with another critic, as is now the case." I enjoyed reading the column when you were on that beat, because I knew you would always have something interesting to say, and that you are a person of catholic and interesting taste who obviously loves dining and has a commitment to understanding each cuisine you encounter. More importantly, I got to know what your taste was like and, therefore, had some idea of where our tastes were most likely to coincide. I find that very hard to do with the round-robin system currently in place for that beat. I'd like your comments on the advantages and disadvantages of the one-critic-per-beat vs. several-critics-per-beat system.
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Posted 14 February 2005 - 01:27 PM
Thanks for the kind words.
I guess the obvious advantage of having a chorus of voices is that people have several different tastes and tones to follow. One voice won't tire you out.
But to me putting one person in the seat has a more significant advantage: That person will get fully immersed in the beat, eating it and sleeping it, and pretty much knowing the city inside and out, in a way that part-timers cannot. It quickens the learning curve and, from the point of view of an editor, I guess, makes clear who is responsible for that beat. It allows for deeper knowledge and for more interesting stories to be spun out of the beat.