From The Daily Cartoonist.
The Star Tribune is moving on without an editorial cartoonist, following an announcement Monday that Mike Thompson would be moved from a full-time role to a freelance position.
The independent Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Mike Thompson, who the newspaper hired in April of this year as a staff editorial cartoonist, will now be working for the paper in a freelance position.
In a note to readers The Star Tribune said:
As the Star Tribune continues to assess the best ways to develop our news organization, we’ve decided to move forward without a full-time editorial cartoonist on staff.
We’re grateful to Mike Thompson for his work as a staff cartoonist and look forward to opportunities to publish his work on a freelance basis in the future.
Mike had this message to share with our readers: "I appreciated the chance to work daily with the Star Tribune team, but the organization's needs are changing and so is my role.
I look forward to opportunities to publish illustrated pieces here in the future, which is the kind of reported work that I get the most satisfaction from as a journalist."
The Star Tribune itself published a more comprehensive report:
Aside from praising Thompson’s work, the company declined further comment.
This will be the first time the Star Tribune will be without a full-time editorial cartoonist in decades.
Before Thompson, Steve Sack spent over 40 years as the newspaper’s cartoonist.
Asked for a reaction to the change, Thompson said he’s “excited to try something new.”