Cartoonists “live-draw” The Oscars for The New Yorker

The New Yorker is known not just for its journalism, but also its cartoons. And for The Oscars Sunday night, cartoonists Liza Donnelly and Bob Eckstein created drawings of the awards show as it progressed.

Here is a taste of the work on Eckstein’s Twitter:

And not only were Donnelly’s drawings posted on her Twitter, but she apparently satisfied tweeted requests on what to draw:

The “live-draw[ing]” approach is no cake walk. Leading up to the big night, Donnelly told The Poughkeepsie Journal, “I see the person on the screen, and judge if they will be on the screen for at least 30 seconds. If not, then I may have to give up on them and not even try.”

As for the cartoons that did make it to social media, it remains unclear why they were not shown on The New Yorker’s Instagram. But the work deserves credit since it is a move away from the usual stop-motion animation, which other publications use, and showcases one of The New Yorker’s traditions.

Why New York Times goes basically all in on Instagram, despite the disadvantages

Instagram prohibits links in posts, and is therefore not known for its ability to drive traffic to a publication.

But The New York Times could apparently care less.


“Over the past few weeks, the Times started new Instagram accounts for its video team, sports desk, marketing department and events team. Those four joined existing Times accounts forfood, travel, fashion and T Magazine content. That makes eight active Times Instagram account today, with plans to launch a primary @NYTimes account in the next month or two.”

Alexandra MacCallum, the paper’s assistant managing editor for audience development, told Digiday “it’s much more about building awareness and, hopefully, loyalty for The New York Times broadly, but particularly for the Times’ incredible visual storytelling.”

One account that has especially “[built] awareness” is its fashion one, with more than 700 thousand followers. In Digiday’s post, MacCallum attributed its popularity to “a very passionate editor who cared about maintaining a specific visual voice.”

The fashion Instagram has more followers than any of the paper’s other accounts, and analytics site Social Blade shows the number of followers per day has recently skyrocketed. But the popularity of The New York Times, especially its fashion coverage, has seemingly played more of a role than “passionate editing” and “specific visual voice.”

Clarification: While Digiday reported The New York Times’ most recent Instagram accounts were made “over the past few weeks,” you may notice posts dating back to longer than three weeks ago. This is because, as The New York Times has confirmed, the accounts was made private before being unveiled.

Why BuzzFeed, once in talks to be on Snapchat Discover, is missing from the section

More than a week has passed since Snapchat unveiled its Discover section. But BuzzFeed, which was reportedly in talks with Snapchat to be featured on it, remains missing.

It now appears BuzzFeed’s absence stemmed from a disagreement on how the content would look.

The Wall Street Journal:

“At an internal meeting this week, BuzzFeed chief executive Jonah Peretti detailed to employees why: the two companies were at loggerheads creatively, people at the meeting said. At issue was the fact that Snapchat’s editorial team would be involved in BuzzFeed’s content, creating friction. The two companies had ‘creative differences,’ Mr. Peretti said at the meeting, a person familiar with the matter said.”

Despite Snapchat being “involved” in the content, Snapchat’s Jill Hazelbaker told The Wall Street Journal “publishers have complete editorial control over their channels.”

Here is The Wall Street Journal article with more on the failed negotiations between BuzzFeed and Snapchat.