In the wake of recent allegations of plagiarism in editorial cartoons, The Washington Post’s Michael Cavna took to his Comic Riffs blog to wonder why plagiarism in editorial cartoons is treated less seriously than plagiarism in other forms of journalism.
Last week, Columbus Dispatch cartoonist Jeff Stahler resigned in light of accusations that he’d plagiarized several cartoons from The New Yorker.
And in October, David Simpson resigned from the Urban Tulsa Weekly following accusations that he’d plagiarized the late cartoonist Jeff MacNelly.
The Association of American Editorial Cartoonist is reportedly considering establishing ethical guidelines or training for its members to address growing concerns about plagiarism.
On Monday, Cavna joined Poynter editor Kelly McBride for a live chat about whether editorial cartoonists should follow the same ethical guidelines as journalists
You can play the chat below.