What caused the massive shift in the syndication business? The changing needs of newspapers and media companies in the digital era where space is tight, budgets are tighter and time isn’t the luxury it once was. Once content to simply shop for comics, puzzles and columnists, newspapers now need a vast array of content as they retrench to focus on local interests. Plus, a shrinking printed news hole has pivoted to largely expanding digital operations in desperate need of content.
The Media Research Center has been pushing the "Tell the Truth!" mantra for years, though that didn't apply to anyone telling the truth about conservatives. Now the MRC and its leader, Brent Bozell, have been exposed as engaging in a fundamental, years-long deception.Read More
The saga of anti-Catholic columnist Jamie Stiehm continued when her syndicator balked at a demand from the Catholic League to fire her over the US News piece. Stiehm’s rant about a temporary stay on enforcement from Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor demonstrated a staggering amount of bigotry and ignorance on the law, religious expression, and Thomas Jefferson, but as Creators Syndicate managing editor David Yontz responds, it didn’t get published through the syndicator.
For aspiring comic strip artists, columnists, and other content producers, newspaper syndication has always been a tough mountain to climb. And that was before economic recession struck. Now it’s tougher than ever to make the jump to syndication.
"I realized it wasn't just the cost," said Terry Savage. "They just didn't want me." The Sun-Times was Savage's base, the paper she was identified with when she appeared on television and the website; but her column also ran in other, smaller papers, and she'll go on writing it for distribution by Creators Syndicate.
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