Nick Anderson, President of the American Association of Editorial Cartoonists and cartoonist for the Houston Chronicle, has released the following statement regarding the recent number of editorial cartoonist positions being eliminated.
Everyone understands that these are tough times for newspapers, but they have gone from full panic mode to suicide mode. Many editorial cartoonists are part of the online reinvention and renaissance of their newspapers through blogs and animation.
Newspapers that eliminate the editorial cartooning position are being incredibly short-sighted. Research shows that readers are drawn to visual content. Without a staff editorial cartoonist, they are foreclosing on a significant opportunity for building their readership base in the internet age. They shouldn’t be eliminating cartoonists, they should be shining a light on them and harnessing their potential for building a loyal readership and fostering vigorous dialogue.