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Andy Ward
UK national newspaper to fold print editions
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All said and done a format is a means to an end. A medium that works for a period of time until it is replaced by a more relevant medium as progress dictates. Print is a format that news had been struggling with for years and announced today in a letter to staff Evgeny Lebedev, owner of the independent & independent on Sunday has announced that both titles will fold in printed format at the end of March.
I know the circulation of the inde has been in free fall for years now as readers migrate to online and although no surprise it's a real shock to see this actually happen. No more independent. One of my first covers was for the inde on Sunday, commissioned by Janet Street Porter and featuring an acid yellow flat colour cover with a lone fantasy rapper called 'Speare for an article on Hip Hop and literature. I Later illustrated the Deborah Ross column for a year or so and schooled my chops on 2 hours deadlines for the national papers.
Another national outlet for the images we create as illustrators and cartoonists is about to fold. In a world of easy, free access to news and current affairs, Lebedev is about to rebrand the online experience of the inde brand and call it the indy100.com. I hope readers are offered the opportunity to pitstop on the information superhighway and take a moment in front of some art. Illustration is as relevant, if not more relevant now than ever, a digital home is just another format. I hope the inde retains it's current love of imagery, please.


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