Another paper sheds its last music critic
December 6, 2016 by norman lebrecht
The Detroit Free Press is laying off 17 in its editorial department to make its 2017 budget.
Among them is the excellent Mark Stryker, who has covered music in motor city for 21 years.
Mark’s last day is December 16. He wants to write a book about jazz musicians.
Mark, never seen hatless, is unlikely to be replaced.
So who will cover the Detroit Symphony?
Mark posts on Facebook:
Public Service Announcement
I have some important news to share. Some of you will be surprised – maybe shocked – to learn that after 21 years as an arts reporter and critic at the Detroit Free Press, I am leaving the paper. Frankly, I’m kind of shocked to have just typed those words myself. The decision is entirely my own. I’m taking advantage of the voluntarily severance package that was offered to all newsroom employees. My last day is (gulp) Dec. 16.
I have been honored to cover culture in this extraordinary city for more than two decades, and I’m proud of the work I’ve done with the support of my editors, particularly the indefatigable entertainment editor Steve Byrne, who has been my direct supervisor for more than a dozen years.
What’s next? Well, my immediate plan over the next few months is to get my long-gestating book on modern and contemporary jazz musicians from Detroit to the finish line. (Yeah!) Otherwise, I’m open to suggestions, though I have started some interesting conversations. We’ll see what happens.
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