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Washington Post Closes the Express Lane

above: the last edition Express, a free daily tabloid published by The Washington Post and meant for the young commuter crowd, has printed its last edition today. The Post says WiFi in the Metro has made it easier for riders to read on their phones instead, and falling ridership on Metro hasn’t helped matters. But […]

Posted on: Sep 12, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Comic strips, Newspaper industry, Comments: 0 Comments

Dave Astor’s E&P Syndicate News Archives

  For 25 years, from 1983 to 2008, David Astor reported on the newspaper syndicates for Editor & Publisher. Alan Gardner, the creator of this Daily Cartoonist site, called David “the founding father of syndication reporting.” Every week David reported on comic strips and political cartooning and puzzles and columnists syndicated to newspapers, both upfront […]

Posted on: Sep 8, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Books, Cartooning, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Magazine cartoons, National Cartoonist Society, Newspaper industry, Syndicates, Comments: 2 Comments

Newspaper Inc

SEC filings are typically dense bundles of legalese and boilerplate. The 384-page prospectus for the impending merger of GateHouse and Gannett, registered Aug. 29, is no exception. But the document also includes a remarkably detailed account of negotiations that spread over seven months and dozens of meetings before terms of the deal were made final […]

Posted on: Sep 7, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Comic strips, Magazines, Newspaper industry, Comments: 0 Comments

Comics Continuity for Vindicator Readers

Today, August 31, marks the end of The Vindicator‘s 150 year run. As Mike Peterson explains it will continue, after a manner, as a Youngstown edition of the nearby Warren, Ohio Tribune Chroncle. As the link in Mike’s column tells it… The Tribune Chronicle has been planning increased coverage of Mahoning County and has added […]

Posted on: Aug 31, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Newspaper industry, Comments: 3 Comments

Gatehouse + Gannett – New Level of Consolidation

Two of the country’s largest newspaper companies have agreed to combine in the latest media deal driven by the industry’s struggles with a decline of printed editions. GateHouse Media, a chain backed by an investment firm, is buying USA Today owner Gannett Co. for $12.06 a share in cash and stock, or about $1.4 billion. […]

Posted on: Aug 5, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Newspaper industry, Comments: Comments Off on Gatehouse + Gannett – New Level of Consolidation

Another Newspaper Bites The Dust

above: the June 29, 2019 Vindicator headline (via Newseum) Just days after celebrating its sesquicentennial The Vindicator of Youngstown, Ohio announced that it will cease publication at the end of August 2019. Betty H. Brown Jagnow, Publisher and Mark A. Brown, General Manager notified readers: On June 25, 2019, The Vindicator turned 150 years old […]

Posted on: Jun 29, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Comic strips, Newspaper industry, Comments: 4 Comments

Disappearing Editorial Cartoonists, and More By Those Cartoonists on the New York Times Action

This month, The New York Times fired its two cartoonists, Patrick Chappatte and Heng Kim Song, who drew for the international edition. This wasn’t a cost-cutting measure. I believe it was a response to the outrage The Times received in April after the international editions printed an anti-Semitic cartoon of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu […]

Posted on: Jun 28, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Newspaper industry, Comments: 6 Comments

New York Daily News – “100 Years Bold”

The New York Daily News is celebrating its centennial today, a couple days early.   The first issue of The Illustrated News appeared June 26, 1919.   Today, the Sunday Daily News celebrated with a 120 page anniversary insert.   New York newspaper collector and historian Michael Vassallo describes the insert: It weighs in at […]

Posted on: Jun 23, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Newspaper industry, Comments: 5 Comments

The New York Times Cartoon Ban (week two)

I thought, since Mike mostly foregoes politics on Fridays, today would be a good time to update the reaction to the New York Times cartoon ban. But the AAEC beat me with their roundup earlier today. Though I think I can find a few cartoons if not editorials.. It’s easy when Keith Knight puts out […]

Posted on: Jun 21, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Newspaper industry, Comments: Comments Off on The New York Times Cartoon Ban (week two)

No More Chappatte or Ed-Op Cartoons for NYTIMES – updated

  From Patrick Chappatte: THE NEW YORK TIMES WILL END ALL POLITICAL CARTOONS I just learned, weeks after they published a syndicated Netanyahu cartoon that caused a scandal. For me, this is the end of an adventure that began 20 years ago. But the stakes are much higher.     In 20-plus years of delivering […]

Posted on: Jun 10, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, International, Newspaper industry, Comments: 1 Comment

Plain Dealer Change – Readers Are the Editors

  The Cleveland Plain Dealer recently changed their format from six columns to four columns. But now they don’t know what to do with it and are asking readers to design and edit the paper. Our recent redesign made some of those questions more urgent and more obvious, and I’m writing to consult with our […]

Posted on: May 22, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Newspaper industry, Comments: Comments Off on Plain Dealer Change – Readers Are the Editors

Salt Lake Tribune to Try New Business Model

  Nonprofit status has become a common business model for many news organizations just starting out. That magic “501(c)(3)” on an About page doesn’t solve all a publisher’s problems by any means — but it opens up new avenues of funding, communicates intent to audiences, and orients the organization toward a common cause. Now that […]

Posted on: May 10, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Newspaper industry, Comments: Comments Off on Salt Lake Tribune to Try New Business Model

NOT Supporting Your Local Cartoonist

  The news of The (Racine) Journal Times and the Kenosha News realigning their funny pages to present the same comics in both papers brings forth a disturbing trend in the new age of newspaper consolidation. In February 2019 Lee Enterprises, the fourth largest newspaper group in the U. S., took ownership of the Kenosha […]

Posted on: May 6, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Newspaper industry, Comments: 4 Comments

World Press Freedom Day 2019

The 26th celebration of World Press Freedom Day     Molina for Cartooning for Peace Foundation in Geneva     Cartoons for Freedom of Expression     Freedom of Press cartoons     #FreeMusaKart on World Press Freedom Day More #FreeMusaKart at Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and Cartoonists Rights Network International      

Posted on: May 3, 2019,  Section: AAEC, AAEC-feed, Cartooning, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Journalism, International, Newspaper industry, Comments: 1 Comment

NY Times and Critics Double Down on Cartoons

  With critics of the New York Times continuing to call for action against the Times and the editors responsible for publishing an anti-Semitic cartoon, the New York Times International again published a cartoon critical of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hours after the Times apologized for the first cartoon.     Some are saying […]

Posted on: Apr 29, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Controversies, Editorial cartooning, International, Newspaper industry, Comments: 1 Comment