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Diamondback Ceases Print Edition – Launched Kinney, Cho, McGruder Cartooning Careers

The student newspaper of University of Maryland, The Diamondback, has published its last print edition after 110 years. It will continue as online-only. From The Diamondback: After 110 years in circulation, The Diamondback will cease its weekly print publication in March, the newspaper’s parent company announced Monday… According to Tom Madigan — board president of […]

Posted on: Mar 10, 2020,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Newspaper industry, Comments: Comments Off on Diamondback Ceases Print Edition – Launched Kinney, Cho, McGruder Cartooning Careers

Cagle Cartoons Puts On a New Face

Cagle Cartoons has made some changes to its homepage and to functions at the site. Daryl Cagle uses up a little bandwidth to talk about and explain the changes. We’ve made some changes to the front page of our syndicate site, that will affect our contributing artists. The site is the core of […]

Posted on: Feb 26, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Newspaper industry, Web Sites, Comments: Comments Off on Cagle Cartoons Puts On a New Face

David Fitzsimmons on The State of Cartooning

When I opened my annual “American Association of Editorial Cartoonists Notebook”, our trade journal, the bell tolled for my profession, page by page, cartoonist by cartoonist. The Golden Age of Oliphant, MacNelly and Paul Conrad is long gone. This year our annual AAEC convention will convene in Ottawa with our Canadian colleagues because our numbers […]

Posted on: Feb 20, 2020,  Section: AAEC, AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Newspaper industry, Comments: 24 Comments

Newspapers: Stars and Stripes Funding Threatened

In an effort to keep active duty frontline soldiers uninformed, the new Pentagon budget would cut all funding for the Stars and Stripes newspaper. The proposed cuts to the editorially independent news organization, which is partially funded by the Pentagon, were a product of the recent defense-wide review ordered by Defense Secretary Mark Esper, said […]

Posted on: Feb 16, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Comic strips, Newspaper industry, Comments: 1 Comment

McClatchy Newspapers File Bankruptcy

Excerpts from a short item on Poynter: McClatchy, the second largest chain of local newspapers in the United States, filed for bankruptcy Thursday… The company has struggled in recent years to meet pension demands, including $124 million in pension funding due in 2020… The Chapter 11 filing will let McClatchy eliminate some pension obligations. In […]

Posted on: Feb 13, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Newspaper industry, Comments: Comments Off on McClatchy Newspapers File Bankruptcy

Koterba, Plante, Zyglis Traded to Lee Enterprises

Lee Enterprises has bought the Berkshire Hathaway (BH Media Group) newspapers. After managing the BH newspapers for 18 months Lee Enterprises now takes ownership of all the BH newspapers, including The Buffalo News. (The Berkshire Hathaway-owned The Buffalo News was not a part of the BH Media Group, but is part of the sale.) The […]

Posted on: Jan 30, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Newspaper industry, Comments: Comments Off on Koterba, Plante, Zyglis Traded to Lee Enterprises

The Newspaper Chronicles

Today Comic Strip of the Day had a take on The Candorville Chronicle. Which gives me an opening to pass on some newspaper news. While the main focus in covering the squeeze on newspapers is how it affects reporters and editors (and here there is an emphasis on newspaper comic strips and cartoonist), others within […]

Posted on: Jan 23, 2020,  Section: Newspaper industry, Comments: 1 Comment

Ken Fuson – RIP (off topic)

Newspaper reporter Ken Fuson has passed away. Ken Fuson, born June 23, 1956, died Jan. 3, 2020 at Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, of liver cirrhosis, and is stunned to learn that the world is somehow able to go on without him. Journalist Ken Fuson wrote his own (wonderful) obituary. In lieu of flowers, Ken […]

Posted on: Jan 12, 2020,  Section: Newspaper industry, Obituary, Off topic, Comments: Comments Off on Ken Fuson – RIP (off topic)

2020 Prizes/Awards Deadlines

The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists has published the deadlines and links to various Award and Prize opportunities for Editorial Cartoonists. A few, including The Pulitzer and The Divisional Reubens, have January deadlines. The deadline for Canada’s National Newspaper Awards is only days away. National Newspaper Awards (Canada) Deadline: January 9, 2020 Rules and entry […]

Posted on: Jan 3, 2020,  Section: AAEC, AAEC-feed, Awards, Contests, Editorial cartooning, Events, Graphic Journalism, National Cartoonist Society, Newspaper industry, Reuben, Comments: Comments Off on 2020 Prizes/Awards Deadlines

Alt Weekly Gives Up on Cartoons

  Jen Sorensen passes on some sad news: Though she doesn’t identify the paper I believe it was one of the Southland Publishing weeklies, which last year was purchased by the Arizona-based Times Media Group. “The Southland publications have always been special in their connection with the communities they serve,” [Steve Strickbine, president of Times […]

Posted on: Jan 2, 2020,  Section: Alternative comics, Comic strips, Newspaper industry, Comments: 2 Comments

The Missoulian: No Opinion on the Comics Page

The Missoulian (Big Sky Country) has decided to rid its comic pages of opinion strips. Effective after Sunday, Jan. 5, the Missoulian is ending its subscription to the comics “Doonesbury” and “Mallard Fillmore.” Many readers have long complained about both strips. The leading complaints about “Doonesbury” [Andrews McMeel Syndication] these days is that the daily […]

Posted on: Dec 29, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Newspaper industry, Syndicates, Comments: 1 Comment

Monday Paper Gone, Monday Comics on Tuesdays

The (Vancouver, Washington) Columbian will no longer publish a Monday edition of their newspaper. But the paper let readers of the daily syndicated features know that “Monday Favorites Won’t Be Lost.” Monday comics and puzzles will be in the Tuesday paper, as well as the Tuesday dated features.

Posted on: Dec 14, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Newspaper industry, Comments: 1 Comment

They’re Dropping Like Flies

The New York Post reports: The 121-year old Dayton Daily News and two other Ohio newspapers will shrink to three days a week from daily publication to appease regulators who on Monday approved a $3.1 billion acquisition of Cox TV stations and newspapers by private equity firm Apollo Global Management. The other two papers facing […]

Posted on: Dec 5, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Newspaper industry, Comments: Comments Off on They’re Dropping Like Flies

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Journalists in Revolt

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette journalists, already on a voluntary byline strike, are said to be contemplating walking out and starting their own newspaper. From Jekko: According to a source, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette union members secretly plan to walk off their jobs and start their own paper. This news comes days after PG Newsroom voted “No Confidence“ in their […]

Posted on: Dec 1, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Controversies, Newspaper industry, Comments: Comments Off on Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Journalists in Revolt

A Cornucopia of Comic News Items

The Improbable Remains On his How To book tour Randall Munroe goes north to Alaska. The Juneau Empire reports on Randall’s lecture there.   The Spurns that Patient Merit of th’ Unworthy Takes At the time of this writing, the two most influential politicians in the United States are a real estate developer who became […]

Posted on: Nov 25, 2019,  Section: Animation, Books, Cartooning, Children's Books, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Exhibits, Graphic Novels, Illustration, Newspaper industry, Technology, Comments: Comments Off on A Cornucopia of Comic News Items