This blog deals primarily with newspaper based cartooning and as such major and minor shifts in the industry can have an impact on most of my readers. I subscribe to various newspaper and media related RSS feeds to keep track of the rumblings in the industry. Here are some of the recent changes that have caught my attention:
» The Washington Post, regarded as one of the best run newspapers in recent years, has announced that it will offer “an undetermined number” buy-outs to its staffers. The buy-outs are aimed at older staffers nearing retirement, union and management employees.
» The Tribune Company has announced that it will cut 400-500 jobs from its chain of newspapers that include the Chicago Tribune and LA Times.
» The Albuquerque Tribune will shutdown this Friday after failing to find a buyer. Its parent company, E.W. Scripps Co. has also shutdown its Cincinnati Post and Kentucky Post papers in December of last year. The editor blames the loss of revenue as advertisers shift advertising from newspapers to the internet. It was a small paper with a daily circulation of about 10,000.
But this batch of news is not all gloom and doom.
» The Salt Lake Tribune has launched a small, free afternoon tabloid that is dispersed to commuters heading home. The tabloid has only 12-16 pages and runs four comics: Chuckle Bros, Diesel Sweeties, Girls and Sports and On A Claire Day.