Newspaper Says Editorial Cartoonist a Must

[W]hen Pulitzer Prize-winner Steve Sack decided to retire last year after four decades at [The Minneapolis Star Tribune], Opinion Editor Scott Gillespie decided to buck industry trends and announced he had an opinion position to fill: editorial cartoonist.

“I would see some job postings at our newspaper, and I would think, ‘That’s important, and I can understand why we’re filling them,’” Gillespie said. “But then I would ask myself if that person would drive more readership than an excellent cartoonist. And I would frequently think, ‘probably not.’”

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Rob Tornoe, at Editor and Publisher, talks to The Minneapolis Star Tribune about editorial cartoons engaging readers with local issues and growing digital numbers, rather than the paper fearing controversy.

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