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The Best Political Cartoons of the Year, 2009 Edition by Brian Fairrington, Daryl Cagle

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Grim Days for Editorial Cartooning

2008 was another terrible year for the business of editorial cartooning. The decline of newspapers continued to take a toll on the profession as more cartoonists than ever lost their jobs. Newspapers who lost cartoonists didn’t refill the positions and cartoonists seemed to be at the top of the cost-cutting list as declines in readership and advertising revenue pummeled the newspaper industry.

Newsrooms across the country have suffered massive cutbacks and it may be that editorial cartoonists are losing their jobs in proportion with other journalists; but since the ranks of employed cartoonists are so small (generally estimated at less than 100 jobs) the cuts seem more dramatic.

The decline in the editorial cartooning ...

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