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August 20, 2012

Missed It: Clay Jones Loses Editorial Cartooning Staff Position


Daryl Cagle had word late last week of Clay Jones from the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Virginia, losing his staff position. I guess a dispute over his last cartoon -- which Cagle publishes through that link -- has Jones deciding not to freelance for that publication. It's hard to know what to say about a cartoonist losing their staff position at this point. You might be able to say something about some of the smaller and medium-sized papers getting rid of their cartoonists, but pretty much everyone is shedding staff including cartoonists at a frightening rate. There's no way to significantly better organize such papers beyond "all of them." In fact, we're at a point that a staffed cartoonist seems more rare than one working solely through the freelance circuit, although I have no numbers to back that up. Jones is a pretty widely syndicated cartoonist, as I recall, so I hope that allows him to continue. He's certainly right at that age where he'd also still be a strong hire for any newspaper wanting to move in that direction.
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