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Chan Lowe laid off from Sun-Sentinel

The same day the world was horrified and then rallied to stand by cartoonists and their right to free speech, the Sun-Sentinel laid off Chan Lowe, their staff editorial cartoonist of 30 years, according to Buddy Nevins a blogger that covers journalism in Southern Florida.

Nevin writes:

Lowe was just one of several employees dumped this week. Eight editing and writing positions were eliminated, numerous sources said.

I?m confident other outlets will continue to print Lowe?s art and that he will do fine without the Sun-Sentinel.

I?m not so confident the Sun-Sentinel will do fine without him.

Lowe?s parting is another reason why the Sun-Sentinel is in a long slide towards irrelevance and eventual oblivion.

Chan has been with the Sun-Sentinel since 1984. Prior to that he was the staff cartoonist for the Shawnee News-Star and Oklahoma City Times.

Community Comments

#1 Steve Artley
January/10/2015
@ 3:16 am

I’ve followed Chan’s fine work for…well, for as long as I can remember and remain an avid fan. His cartoons are well crafted and deliver a clear, concise message always with a dose of good humor. It’s sad to see him leave the Sun-Sentinel after such a long haul. I can?t help but feel it?s a greater loss for the paper, than it is for Chan. Cutbacks that include such a fine feature are really chopping out vital organs.

In any case, I wish Chan the best in other pursuits.

#2 Paul Fell
January/10/2015
@ 10:45 am

It has been determined by powers higher that we that newspapers no longer need staff editorial cartoonists. When you can buy syndicated stuff for a couple of bucks a pop, why bother with a local cartoonist who can comment on state and city politics? All that results in is calls and letters to the editor. Imagine… readers who care enough about their local paper to actually take the time to air their views? Gosh, we can’t have that.

Newspapers, for all their platitudes, care little about their readers and a whole lot about their bottom line and stockholders. They deserve every bad thing that is happening to them.

I have been hoping for a long time that some people with good sense and a respect for the tradition of newspapers would start buying them up. Sadly, most papers are too far gone to make such an investment worthwhile.

#3 Milt Priggee
January/13/2015
@ 1:12 pm

Je Suis Chan

#4 Charles Rhodes
January/16/2015
@ 10:40 am

Laying off Chan Lowe makes one think about laying off the SunSentinel at renewal time.

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