The Seattle Post-Intelligencer isn’t the only troubled paper with a staff cartoonist. The Star Tribune, home of Steve Sack, has announced that it has not reached an agreement with the Newspaper Guild for concessions needed to service its debt load. The Minneapolis paper owes $400 million and last quarter skipped a $9 million payment to save cash as it tries to restructure its debt. Without an agreement, the paper faces declaring bankruptcy.
The Rocky Mountain News is home to two cartoonists – Drew Litton and Ed Stein. Last month the News was put up for sale. Unconfirmed reports are flying this week that E.W. Scripps, which owns the paper, will announce that no buyer has been found. Possible options include closure of the paper.
And while not a paper announcing closure or bankruptcy, Toronto’s Globe and Mail has announced that it may lay off 80-90 positions within the paper. The Globe and Mail is home to staff cartoonist Brian Gable. The announcement should be made on Friday.