Columnists Academy

Education: On researching, writing and publishing columns

Dave’s Storytelling Session Blew Us Away

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Speaker/columnist/author Dave Lieber of The Dallas Morning News presented the opening program at the 2013 NSNC conference bright and early Friday, June 28, 2013. Titled “Your Column Blows Me Away: Secrets of Amazing Storytelling,” this keynote hits many points about…

Pop Culture and Politics in Op-Ed Writing

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Art of Column Writing By Suzette Martinez Standring 2004-06 President National Society of Newspaper Columnists Years ago, op-ed was associated only with political commentary. Today, op-ed can take invented directions on current affairs. For example, how pop culture is mirrored…

Foreign Affairs Op-Ed Writing Has Lessons for All

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Art of Column Writing By Suzette Martinez Standring Past President National Society of Newspaper Columnists No matter what our specialty is, we can learn from columnists with a very different focus. Joel Brinkley, who also serves as the NSNC education…

Copy and Paste: Avoiding Plagiarism

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Attribution is the antidote to plagiarism you, the columnist By Dave Lieber www.YankeeCowboy.com Angry as all get out, as Texans like to say. That’s how I feel when I think about what happened in recent months to many of our…

If you feel it, you can convey it.

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By Suzette Martinez Standring NSNC Past President At writing conferences, creativity often gets short shrift in favor of growing one’s business. Supersize followers on Facebook and Twitter!  Get readers a-gogging with vlogging and blogging! Strengthen your footing on the technology…

Embed, Blog, and Beyond

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By Suzette Martinez Standring NSNC Past President   Vlogging, blogging, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter – it’s all under the umbrella of social media and I’m dog paddling in the deluge. Recently, I attended the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop in Dayton, both…

Columnists’ Academy: Facts vs. Truth

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Columnists’ Academy By Mike Deupree NSNC Board Member   Few things concern me as much as the position that news reporters should report “truth” and not just “facts.” In a philosophy class, there are any number of ways to define…

How to Pitch a How-To Column

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Writers’ Academy Article previously published in Freelance Focus at PR Newswire, 3/21/2012   By Suzette Martinez Standring   Maybe you write an informational or how-to column or blog based on a passionate interest. A popular column is an unbeatable platform…

A Writer’s Meditation

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By Suzette Martinez Standring Whether you write op-ed, humor, lifestyle or other columns, heartfelt expression is a goal. Relaxation unlocks creativity, and I use guided imagery exercises in my writing workshops to mine memories for sensory details and emotions.  Self-hypnosis,…

Forget Klout. Use your clout.

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you, the columnist By Dave Lieber Fort Worth Star-Telegram   Are you familiar with Klout.com? The website says it rates your “online influence” on a scale of 1 to 100 “based on your ability to drive action in social networks.…

Seeding the Writing Terrain

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By Suzette Martinez Standring, NSNC past president Do you ever feel like you’re writing the same old, same old? I did, and I needed a new way to look at my work. So naturally, I went to jail. No, I…

How Journalism Jobs Stack Up

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Some observations about journalism as an occupation were recently published by the Wall Street Journal. The statistics were based on 2010 U.S. Census statistics. The median annual salary for journalism majors is $50,000, per the latest data. This is about…

Looking for Crazy Genius

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By Suzette Martinez Standring NSNC Past President                            The best storytellers are like keen-nosed truffle dogs, looking for riches below the surface. It’s what columnists do most days under deadline, usually in 750 words or less. Other writers…

Give a little to get a lot

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By Suzette Martinez Standring NSNC Past President “Give a little to get a lot.” I never forgot this memorable advice from Mary McCarty of the Dayton Daily News, who has won awards for unique insights often revealed in the telling…

What Makes Good Columns Good?

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Don Fry, writing coach and emeritus faculty member of The Poynter Institute, lectured on the factors that make columns accurate, complete and fair. Don Fry’s appearance was sponsored by the Detroit Convention and Visitors Bureau in order to make it possible…

Meet One of America’s Best Social Media Columnists

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You, the Columnist By Dave Lieber Fort Worth Star-Telegram Columnist www.YankeeCowboy.com Years ago, in this space, I wrote a piece wondering what the 21st century columnist would be like. Of course, I got it wrong. I didn’t understand how social…

Self-Promotion as an Act of Generosity

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Columnists’ Academy Self-Promotion as an Act of Generosity By Man Martin, Atlanta, Georgia When authors see their novel in print from a big publishing house, they often naively believe that the publicist is going to make sure it rises to…