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'CSM' Putting More Emphasis on Animation in Its Cartoonist Search

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

'CSM' Putting More Emphasis on Animation in Its Cartoonist Search

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Animation is becoming a bigger part of editorial cartooning. It's also becoming a bigger part of the editorial cartoonist search being conducted by The Christian Science Monitor.

The paper is now actively seeking an editorial cartoonist to do animations -- "perhaps even interactive ones" -- for CSMonitor.com, said Clayton Jones, the Monitor chief editorial writer and editor of the commentary pages, when contacted today by E&P.

"Animations keep the attention of younger people, who are more visually oriented," added Jones.

The Monitor is seeking a successor to Clay Bennett, who left the paper last fall and started with the Chattanooga (Tenn.) Times Free Press last month.

The person picked could do animations solo or with the help of a Web person already working for the Monitor, and the person could also do print cartoons for the paper.

Jones noted that a small but growing number of editorial cartoonists are creating animations, and that Walt Handelsman (of Newsday in Melville, N.Y., and Tribune Media Services) won a Pulitzer Prize last year partly for his animation work.

Editorial-cartoon animation "is an exciting field," said Jones, adding that the Monitor would like to be involved in this still relatively new field and "see how it changes and grows. …

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