Peter Dunlap-Shohl, the editorial cartoonist with The Anchorage Daily New for the last 25 years, has been told his position is being eliminated and he’s accepted a buyout offer. This will be his last week with the paper. After this week, he plans on building a web site and doing freelance cartoons for the paper – something that is still be worked out. He also has a backlog of projects he’ll now be able to attend to. He told me that right now is a awful time to let go with the “nuclear fueled” rise of Alaska Governor Sarah Pallin’s nomination to the McCain presidential ticket. Peter is the last staff cartoonist in Alaska.
He has drawn a cartoon about the challenge of having one’s position severed. You can see that on his blog.
The Anchorage Daily News is part of the McClatchy chain that let go of Richard Crowson last week in Kansas. The McClatchy chain is trying to reduce their workforce a full 10%.
Correction: As clarified by Peter in the comment section, Peter’s position was not “eliminated” but the editorial staff had to be reduced. Peter volunteered to be the sacrificial staffer.