Arts journalism is a branch of journalism concerned with the reporting and discussion of the arts, including but is not limited to the visual arts, film, literature, music, theater, and architecture. Traditionally, journalists and critics writing about the arts have a background in writing and the arts; apart from baccalaureate studies in literary criticism, the humanities, and art history, there is no other formal advanced journalistic training in this field.
For instance, an art magazine is a publication whose main topic is art, contributed to by people from the practice of artmaking, curating, critical theory, or teaching, among other functions, whether they be institution-based, academe-based or independent and self-taught. Such a magazine can be in print form, online, or both, and may be aimed at different audiences, including galleries, buyers, amateur or professional artists and the general public. In short, art magazines can be either trade or consumer magazines or both.