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”

The Advantage of Conference Connections

Lisa Molinari (left) and Suzette Martinez Standring. Photo taken at the Erma Bombeck Writer's Workshop and used with their permission.

By Suzette Martinez Standring 2004-06 NSNC president Thousands (more likely, hundreds) of “friends” and “likes” on social media do impress, but personal connection still reigns.  Nothing beats conversations, shared laughs, and the give-and-take of new ideas. That chance returns with the…

Syndication Updated

Axel Jäderin of Svenska Dagbladet, studies the concurrent newspapers.

Art of Column Writing By Suzette Martinez Standring 2004-06 NSNC president Syndication as an income stream, how do you break in? I am not referring to self-syndication or to traditional syndicates, such as Tribune Media or Creators Syndicate. Rather, what…

Snagging Eyeballs vs. Reaching Hearts

Eyeglasses atop Books

Art of Column Writing By Suzette Martinez Standring NSNC 2004-06 President Writing brings satisfaction, but are enough people reading our columns? A negative twist to Saturday Night Live’s Stuart Smalley plays in my head, “My ‘likes’ aren’t good enough. My…

Tragedy: The Emotion of Right Now

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Art of Column Writing By Suzette Martinez Standring 2004-06 NSNC President It’s the season of peace and goodwill, yet the hot breath of tragedy is fresh — the Paris bombings, the Syrian refugee crisis, and gun violence in America. As…

Does Free Writing for HuffPost Make Cents in the End?

Logo of Huffington Post

The Art of Column Writing By Suzette Martinez Standring 2004-06 NSNC President Many columnists write for free on The Huffington Post, with the aim of parlaying the exposure into money elsewhere. But does it happen? Many writers have long been…

Reaching Beyond the Column

Published Book

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

Suzette Martinez Standring

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?

NSNC is honored to stand among these journalism organizations. Graphic courtesy of the Society of Professional Journalists.

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

IBM Selectric II typewriter

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

Chi Omega Greek Theater, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

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

IBM Selectric II typewriter

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…