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Cover for The New Republic Magazine
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This is a cover I did for the current edition of The New Republic.   The cover article is titled "Goodbye to the Age of Newspapers (Hello to a New Era of Corruption" by Paul Starr.  It's a good read if you're interested in what is happening to the newspaper industry.  The idea behind the art was to show a fragile dog (the media) guarding the public interest.  Newspaper journalists are the first to invest the time and money in going after complicated stories, magazines and television usually follow the lead of the newspapers when it comes to investigative stories.   So, the question is, what will happen if newspapers and their investigavive staff are gone one day?  I tried some other ideas about the death of the newspaper industry, those sketches are below,  but in the end we came back to this image.  I worked with Joe Heroun and Christine Carr on this assignment.
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This image ran as the spot with the essay on the first page of the magazine
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