Cartoon editor at the New Yorker to discuss ‘Laugh Lines’

Photo of Emma Allen, cartoon editor at the New Yorker.

Emma Allen, cartoon editor at the New Yorker, will speak at Yale on Thursday, Nov. 30, as a Poynter Fellow in Journalism.

Allen will participate in a Benjamin Franklin College tea titled “Laugh Lines: Talking Funny Over Tea.” The event will take place at 4:15 p.m. at the Benjamin Franklin Head of College House, 90 Prospect St.

Allen (Saybrook ’10) has worked at the New Yorker since 2012, and in May she became its cartoon editor. New Yorker editor David Remnick has commended Allen’s ability to find new voices for Daily Shouts, the magazine’s collection of online comic essays. She’s expanded the magazine’s comedic reach in video and radio, and she also edits its humor Twitter account.

Allen has also written feature-length articles and dozens of Talk of the Town stories for the magazine. Before joining the New Yorker, Allen was a contributing writer at the New York Observer, ARTnews magazine, and Modern Painters magazine. She got her start in journalism at the Yale Daily News, where she co-edited the Arts and Living section and wrote a mock advice column called “The Unethicist,” in which she gave terrible advice.

The Poynter Fellowship in Journalism was established by Nelson Poynter, who received his master’s degree in 1927 from Yale. The fellowship brings to campus journalists from a wide variety of outlets who have made significant contributions to their fields.

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