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Political cartoonist Steve Kelley, who had been fired by the Union-Tribune more than a decade ago, will be laid off by the New Orleans Times-Picayune, according to story in Poynter.org. After a nasty fight with the U-T that went to court, Kelley joined the Times-Picayune in 2002. He will lose his job October 1 when the paper goes to a three-day-a-week print schedule. Kelley told Poynter, "I would have encouraged the paper to transition away from print editions more gradually." Kelley is co-creator behind the cartoon strip "Dustin," which is syndicated to more than 320 papers.

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Visduh June 13, 2012 @ 9:58 a.m.

All these firings and layoffs prove that newspapers are no longer a growth industry, not that they have been for at least twenty years. But the shrinkage of circulation, ad revenue, and measurable readership is, if anything, accelerating now. Personally, I don't think that New Orleans should exist at all, located where it is. But since it has been there for over 300 years, will continue. But it may only exist as a much smaller city than it was during the 20th century. That doesn't help the prospects for a daily paper either.


Don Bauder June 14, 2012 @ 4:38 p.m.

Many metro dailies are in a death spiral. Going to three-day circulation of the print edition is evidence. You are correct: The raison d'etre for New Orleans's existence is gone, but it will take decades before this is obvious. Best, Don Bauder


SurfPuppy619 June 13, 2012 @ 5:39 p.m.

Steve Kelley is one of he best political cartoonist around........his replacement at the UT is also very talented, but not to the level of Kelley.


Don Bauder June 14, 2012 @ 4:39 p.m.

Steve Kelley is indeed talented and very witty. At least, his current syndicated cartoon is very successful. Best, Don Bauder


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