Changing the channel

A year ago I accepted what would become the first regular online political cartoon position in the South African media landscape. The print industry is dwindling and, by extension, so are cartoon positions. (Unfortunately, it’s a global trend.)

Eyewitness News and I innovated a digital space never before seen in our news sphere. It was a gamble and a successful gamble it has been, thanks to a superb editor (Katy Katopodis) and her superb editorial team. As a result, the online cartoon space is gradually expanding (which should come as a relief to my colleagues).

Following an invitation from eNCA, I excitedly considered the prospects of “drawing for TV”, after being the first cartoonist to “draw for radio”. The sad news is that I will no longer be drawing for EWN. The happy news is that, in another first, I will be drawing for eNCA.

One might say that I am, you know, changing the channel.

My eNCA cartoons will appear on eNCA’s website – and related media – from Tuesday 8 October.

Tune in next week to follow the next episode of my rollercoaster career.

eNCA Jerm



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