Salon film critic Stephanie Zacharek is leaving her gig after 11 years, saying in a thoughtful exit post that she's moving "on to a new adventure elsewhere on the Web."
UPDATE: Mail.com's Jay Penske, who has been investing heavily in Nikki Finke's Deadline.com and Bonnie Fuller's Hollywoodlife.com, lured Zacharek to review for Movieline. Salon tried to keep her, but Movieline made her an offer she couldn't refuse. She will definitely class up the joint. Her colleague Andrew O'Hehir remains behind; Salon plans to reconfigure the job.
In other news, critic Michael Sragow has started a blog at the Baltimore Sun. Smart move. Many of the still-employed critics do more than deliver Friday reviews. As Zacharek writes, these days communicating with your readers is key: it's about engagement.
I've been collecting links to essays on the deteriorating state of film criticism for a piece I've been working on (maybe I haven't finished it because I sense that everyone's tired of reading about this topic) but figure I may as well share them now:
The NYT's A.O. Scott, The Chronicle of Higher Education, David Bordwell, Eric Kohn and Glenn Kenny and Kim Voynar's reaction to Kohn and Kenny and indieWIRE's reaction, Karina Longworth vs. Kevin Smith.