Pink-slipped cartoonist BILL DAY picks up RFK Award in D.C.
BILL DAY, who was laid off last year by the Commercial Appeal in Memphis, officially picked up his Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award in a ceremony last night at George Washington University.
Mike Rhode, who was one of the contest judges, has posted photos of the gala at his ComicsDC blog.
Day, who draws for United Feature Syndicate, won for cartoons that shed "light on the continuing problem of infant mortality in America, especially among minority populations." The RFK Award jurors noted: "His unusual special project creates clear and easily readable cartoons, raising public awareness, partly through a grassroots movement that led to legislation and policy improvements."
The day he was laid off, Day told Comic Riffs: "I don't understand why, when you're going to a visual medium [online], why you want to get rid of cartoonists. It's made for cartoonists. ... We're like the Jiminy Cricket of the newspaper. We're the conscience."
The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights gives the awards to "honor outstanding reporting on the issues that defined the life and work of Robert F. Kennedy: human rights, social justice and the power of individual action in the United States and around the world."
| May 27, 2010; 10:19 AM ET
Categories: General | Tags: Bill Day, RFK Awards, political cartooning
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