TITLE

Understanding the Value of the Local Connection

AUTHOR(S)
Stantis, Scott
PUB. DATE
December 2004
SOURCE
Nieman Reports;Winter2004, Vol. 58 Issue 4, p37
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article presents the author's views on the opportunity provided the cartoons to relate with the local community. Given the market-driving dynamics, editors of newspapers do not have much motivation to keep an editorial cartoonist on staff. Yet the argument can--and should--be made that it is the newspaper's best interest--editorially and commercially--to provide its readers with a connection to local issues, not only with reporting but also with the cartoons it carries. No syndicated cartoonist has the ability to tap into local issues or a community's mindset. If the role of a cartoonist is viewed as being like that of a columnist--someone whose work truly engages readers--then local cartoons are essential. As a staff cartoonist with The Birmingham (Alabama) News, my cartoons provide another opportunity to carry on a conversation with the people who live here. And if I do not cartoon about the foibles and squabbles over local and state issues, who will? The late Pulitzer Prize-winning editor of the editorial pages of The Birmingham News, Ron Casey, used to half joke, Cartoonists are expensive, and they are a lot of trouble. Thank goodness Ron and the rest of the management of this newspaper believe the expense is worth the trouble. Each morning I read the newspaper to see if there is a local story that warrants a cartoon.
ACCESSION #
15509006

 

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