Category: Art of Column Writing

Columns for NSNC by its 2004-06 President Suzette Martinez Standring, author of the books “The Art of Opinion Writing” and “The Art of Column Writing”

Reaching Beyond the Column

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Art of Column Writing By Suzette Martinez Standring 2004-06 President National Society of Newspaper Columnists I was jealous of employed columnists. In comparison, the lot of a freelancer felt difficult, scrapping for the next job, doing “other things” while writing…

Hot-Button Pushers for Columnists

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Art of Column Writing By Suzette Standring 2004-06 President National Society of Newspaper Columnists There are aspects aplenty to controversy. When tackling fifty shades of truth, being “gray” doesn’t grow a readership. Yet life is never black and white. Family.…

When Stand-Up and Column Writing Meet

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Art of Column Writing By Suzette Martinez Standring 2004-06 President National Society of Newspaper Columnists Life is an unexpected ride. I’m a columnist who presents writing workshops, maybe the occasional keynote. But stand-up comedy? Terrifying! I am not that gal.…

Silence? Never. But Do We Shush Ourselves?

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Art of Column Writing By Suzette Martinez Standring 2004-06 President National Society of Newspaper Columnists The French magazine Charlie Hebdo was notorious for its offensive satire on religion, and gunmen proclaiming revenge in the name of the Prophet Mohammed imposed…

Ado Run Run or Much Adieu

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Art of Column Writing By Suzette Martinez Standring 2004-06 President National Society of Newspaper Columnists It’s much ado about nothing. Or perhaps I should say “adieu.” Time Magazine’s Fourth Annual Word Banishment Poll is all high and mighty about what…

To Blog or Not to Blog, That Is the Question

Suzette Standring and Dr. Henry Lee

Art of Column Writing By Suzette Martinez Standring 2004-06 President National Society of Newspaper Columnists Dinner with forensic scientist Dr. Henry C. Lee, blogging and “what’s-it all-about-Alfie” all came together for me one night. You see, a question gnaws at…

Bullish on the Future of Column Writing

John Avlon addresses the National Society of Newspaper Columnists June 28, 2014, at the Washington Plaza Hotel.

Art of Column Writing By Suzette Martinez Standring 2004-06 President National Society of Newspaper Columnists Columnist downsizing feels like a solitary darkness, so news that our industry is turning a corner was sunlight on a cell window.  Last June John…

Juicing Up

NSNC 2004-06 President Suzette Martinez Standring addressing the columnists' 2005 conference, in Grapevine, Texas.

Art of Column Writing By Suzette Martinez Standring 2004-06 NSNC president It’s countdown to the conference, and for me the journey comes full circle. It was the year 2000 when I first tiptoed into a ballroom of columnists in Washington,…

Brinkley’s ‘Fresh Eyes,’ Curiosity Pass for Expertise

Suzette Standring, Joel Brinkley

Art of Column Writing This column originally was published in the April 2014 edition of The Columnist, the members’ newsletter of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. By Suzette Martinez Standring 2004-06 NSNC president Recently I ventured into a column…

Michael R. Masterson: Investigative Op-Ed and Higher Purpose

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Art of Column Writing This column originally was published in the February 2014 edition of The Columnist, the members’ newsletter of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. By Suzette Martinez Standring 2004-06 President National Society of Newspaper Columnists With a…

Career Longevity Needs a Sense of Purpose

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Art of Column Writing This column was originally published in the December 2013 edition of The Columnist, the members’ newsletter of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. By Suzette Martinez Standring 2004-06 President National Society of Newspaper Columnists Everything we…

Stay Dogged for the Underdog

"The Art of the Heist" by Myles J. Connor Jr.

Art of Column Writing By Suzette Martinez Standring 2004-06 President National Society of Newspaper Columnists I like the underdog. Recently, I was responsible for featuring notorious art thief Myles J. Connor Jr., age 69, at a rare public appearance that…

Annie Barr, a Voice from the Bush

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Art of Column Writing By Suzette Martinez Standring 2004-06 President National Society of Newspaper Columnists I am curious about anyone who would fly 10,000 miles from Australia to our conference in Hartford. Annie Barr is our Down Under gal from…

Does Promotion and Marketing Exhaust You, Too?

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Art of Column Writing By Suzette Martinez Standring 2004-06 President National Society of Newspaper Columnists Promote, stand out, and work social media! Gee, I’m exhausted. I adore writing, but I am bothered and bewildered by all that I must do…

Robert C. Koehler: Peace, Healing and Op-ed

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Art of Column Writing By Suzette Martinez Standring 2004-06 President National Society of Newspaper Columnists Spirituality and conscience underscore the opinion columns by Robert C. Koehler who ranks among the top op-ed columnists nationally, according to Media Matters. Syndicated since…

Pop Culture and Politics in Op-Ed Writing

Axel Jäderin of Svenska Dagbladet, studies the concurrent newspapers.

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…