All the news that’s fit to print. Except for cartoons. Those things are scary

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Editors and publishers have long recognized cartooning as a form of journalistic commentary on current events, deserving the same status and autonomy as opinion columns. Such arrangements can still be found in today’s news organizations but are a rarity. What this chapter tries to understand is the precarity of cartooning within journalism. Newspaper cartoonists’ sustained tracking of current affairs, their adoption of journalism’s professional ethic of public service, and their complementary relationship with op-eds and news stories add up to a distinctive contribution that is not easily replaced. Drawing on interviews with more than 60 professionals across six continents, this chapter analyses multiple threats to the profession of editorial cartooning.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNewswork and Precarity
EditorsKalyani Chadha, Linda Steiner
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781003057376
ISBN (Print)9780367523022, 9780367523039
Publication statusPublished - 30 Dec 2021


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