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'Washington Post' Gets a Lesson from 'Judge Parker' Fans

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

'Washington Post' Gets a Lesson from 'Judge Parker' Fans

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"Judge Parker" fans have spoken, and The Washington Post has listened.

Following more than 750 calls, e-mails and letters complaining about the Post's decision to drop "Judge Parker" from its consolidated comics pages, editors have opted to reinstate it.

"Judge Parker" was one of five strips removed from the Post's print edition and relocated to its Web site as part of a cost-cutting effort. The other four were "Little Dog Lost," "Pooch Cafe," "Piranha Club" and "Zippy the Pinhead." Until recently the Post enjoyed one of the largest print comics sections in the country. On March 30, it dropped from three pages of comics to two.

"Hundreds of readers demanded a reprieve. It's been granted," Washington Post Ombudsman Andrew Alexander wrote in a column Sunday. "The judge will be back on the bench in Monday's paper."

"Judge Parker," which has run in the Post since 1952, had come out on the losing end of two online reader polls conducted by the Post's Michael Cavna, who writes daily about the medium on the newspaper's "Comic Riffs" blog. …

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