After 31 years of service, MetroWest Daily News editorial cartoonist Dave Granlund was laid off yesterday due to the paper’s cost-cutting measures.
He tells Jessica Heslam, of the Boston Herald:
“I was let go because of the money aspect of it,” Granlund told me. “This came out of left field. This was unexpected.”
Until today, Granlund was one of 85 cartoonists nationwide working full-time for a newspaper.
“We had gone through a series of other cuts a number of weeks ago. We thought the dust had settled,” he said.
The Globe reported in February that GateHouse was cutting 60 positions at its Massachusetts publications. That included 35 layoffs and not filling another 25 vacant positions.
As to his plans now.
“Somewhere out there, there’s someone that can see the usefullness for having a cartoonist, especially in these dire times – it’s always nice to have a little levity to spread around,” he said.