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Tornoe: Staff Cartoonists Make a Comeback

Rob Tornoe has a piece over at Editor & Publisher entitled “Staff Cartoonists Make a Comeback.” The column isn’t so much as newspapers are hiring staff cartoonists again, but focuses on the changing role of the staff cartoonist. Rob cites Scott Stantis (Chicago Tribune) for his role in expanding the avenues for “readers to communicate and become part of the creative process”; caption contests by Tom Toles (Washington Post); animations by Ann Telnaes (Washington Post), Mike Thompson (Detroit Free Press) and Walt Handelsman (Newsday); non-traditional cartooning by Jack Ohman (The Oregonian) and Matt Wuerker (Politico).

Community Comments

#1 Stacy Curtis
August/23/2011
@ 11:07 pm

More work for less money hardly seems like a comeback.

#2 Rob Tornoe
August/24/2011
@ 8:41 am

Yes, my editors wrote a terrible headline. The point of the article was that, much like journalism in general, cartoonists that want to work for newspapers need to adapt and find innovative ways to engage with their readers.

Luckily, people love cartoons and there are are many ways to use this to a newspaper’s advantage. However, as much as it requires editors to be a bit creative and think outside the box, it also requires cartoonists to adapt as well.

#3 Mike Lester
August/24/2011
@ 9:16 am

I think you wrote a nice piece describing the great jobs of a dwindling few. And from where I sit, the headline was the only optimistic line in the story.

A better headline: “OUR TOP STORY TONIGHT: GENERALISIMO FRANCISCO FRANCO IS STILL DEAD”

#4 Milt Priggee
August/24/2011
@ 1:04 pm

think outside the box…..?….HELL- they can’t even THINK inside the box….

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