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Bill Mauldin, the voice of the grunt

October 30, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: history, journalism, newspapers, writers.

Those who served in the United States military as enlisted men and women — particularly from World War II through Vietnam — have a particular affinity for Bill Mauldin. Mauldin was an artist whose cartoons depicted, with brilliant perception, brutal honesty, and insightful humor, the life of the everyday “grunt,” the guy who dug the ditches, • Read More »

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Political cartooning – a chance for survival?

May 15, 2013 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: journalism.

The number of political cartoonists, by one estimate, has dwindled to about 85 fulltime people. Newspapers, as usual, seem bent on cutting costs rather than delivering quality, so the local cartoonist is let go, encouraged to leave or not replaced when he or she does leave. Instead of encouraging this kind of journalism by growing their own local cartoonists, newspapers have generally viewed it as just another expense that can be eliminated. It is yet another example of newspaper short-sightedness.

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