Cartoons as News: A Different Approach to Journalism

From Flickr User Daniel Carvalho
By Maria Davison

We’re looking forward to hearing what RJI Fellow Dan Archer has to say about telling stories in new and interesting ways at our event on Thursday, Sept. 18. In the past, Archer’s has covered issues like human trafficking in Nepal, but in a comic strip format. While cartoons often aren’t automatically thought of as journalism, several journalists are using this platform to explore complex topics around the world.

Here’s a look at some other uses of cartooning to tell stories gathered through investigative reporting:

Symbolia Magazine
Symbolia publishes stories from around the world that are sourced, quoted and fact-checked, like any other piece of journalism, then illustrated in the form of a graphic novel. They publish in an online platform, so stories include interactive and multimedia elements as well. Symbolia is available for iPad and Kindle.

Founded in 2011, The Cartoon Picayune publishes thoroughly researched and reported journalistic cartoons in a magazine anthology twice a year. Every piece is copy edited and fact checked, like any other piece of journalism. Stories are submitted by students, professionals, and everyone in between.

After Hurricane Katrina, cartoonist Josh Neufeld created A.D.: New Orleans after the Deluge as a portrait of the city after the hurricane. It was published in hard copy, but it can also viewed as an interactive graphic online. It explores the complex issues New Orleans faced during and after the storm.

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