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University of Texas cartoonist Stephanie Eisner learns her lesson
Reporting Texas, a student publication from the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, has a favorable follow up article to the Stephanie Eisner controversy earlier this spring with her Trayvon Martin cartoon that sparked a campus and national uproar. Her cartoon appeared in The Daily Texan and was meant as a commentary on the media coverage of the Martin tragedy, but its execution brought controversy.
But despite being removed from the roster of Daily Texan cartoonists, Eisner, a 19-year-old who just finished her first year at UT, wrote in an email that the experience has made her a wiser cartoonist, a position that “fulfills a very important and unique niche in journalism.”
While the furor over the shooting case and the cartoon it inspired has faded, professional editorial cartoonists said that the incident highlighted important, timeless lessons about subjective journalism, especially in the age of the Internet: how to navigate the fine line between opinion and insensitivity, free speech and thoughtful editing.
Along with Stephanie, Reporting Texas talks to Ben Sargent and David Horsey for their reactions.