Category: Newsletter

Selected articles from the NSNC newsletter; only members get the entire contents of the monthly newsletter

Presidents Message – Samantha Bennett

Samantha Bennett

By Samantha Bennett NSNC President     We keep hearing that print journalism is dead, that no one reads it, that it’s irrelevant and dull and deservedly outmoded. And yet … somehow, your local multiplex didn’t get that memo.   In “State of Play,” Russell Crowe plays a crusty investigative reporter who goes after a…

President’s Message – Samantha Bennett

Samantha Bennett

By Samantha Bennett NSNC President      Hope you’re all getting registered and making your hotel and travel arrangements for the conference in Ventura! Now more than ever, we need our network and the professional advice that our speakers and panelists will provide.   I joined representatives of other groups at the Council of National Journalism Organizations’…

Keeping Your Columnist Voice Alive

Dave Lieber

By Dave Lieber NSNC Education Foundation Secretary      Every day seems more dire than the last. Layoffs. Buyouts. Farewell e-mails to the entire staff that break your heart.         For you, the columnist, the world is changing in a rush of history. A collision of forces beyond your control.      Yet a columnist’s…

Presidents Message – Samantha Bennett

Samantha Bennett

Samanta Bennett NSNC President “We must, indeed, all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately.”       – Benjamin Franklin As the drumbeat of bad news pounds on, day after day, it’s hard not to become fearful. But we didn’t become columnists because we are fearful. We became columnists because of trust. We…

Welcome Bloggers

Dave Lieber

Dave Lieber By Dave Lieber Fort Worth Star-Telegram NSNCEF Secretary            Hey, bloggers. Welcome to the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, where, finally, you are invited to join and also enter our annual contest.     After a long battle – I started my fight to let you in more than a decade ago…

Presidents Message – Samantha Bennett

Samantha Bennett

Samantha Bennett NSNC President     I’m taking the buyout.   The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, for which I’ve worked for 14 years and written my column for a decade, offered buyouts to the entire staff in late December, with a get-out-if-you’re-going deadline of New Year’s Eve. Happy holidays.   I weighed my joblessness in a vile economy…

Never Surrender

Dave Lieber

By Dave Lieber Fort Worth Star-Telegram www.yankeecowboy.com    There’s a recession in the U.S. economy, but a depression in the newspaper business.    Not a financial depression, but a mental one.    Everybody in the newsroom and in the executive suites is giving up.    Worse, nobody in the business is standing up on a chair…

Astor was Columnists Biggest Cheerleader

Dave Lieber

By Dave Lieber, Fort Worth Star Telegram    I am insecure about my life as columnist.    I worry about my next column, my next error. I worry about repeating myself. I fear the next time my boss gets irritated with me.    My hate mail adds fuel to the fire, as does my lack…

Prez Column – Mike Argento

Mike Argento

By Mike Argento, NSNC President I was reading a New York Times story about a $7 million libel verdict in a case filed by a judge and former Chicago Bear kicker against a newspaper columnist in Illinois when I stumbled upon a stunning passage. The story said, “The newspaper’s lawyers said they were handicapped because…

Do you still have a job?

Dave Lieber

 Dave Lieber Fort Worth Star Telegram Columnist  Secretary, NSNC Education Foundation       I feared the worst.    Of the 110 columnists whom I hosted in Grapevine, Texas three years ago for the 2005 NSNC conference, how many still have columnist jobs?    I decided to find out. Sent an e-mail survey to all e-mail addresses…

Presidents Message – Samantha Bennett

Samantha Bennett

Samantha Bennett Pittsburgh Post-Gazette NSNC President   Got that tired, run-down feeling? Are you pressured to do more with less, slash your expenses, take on extra duties, learn technologies you’d rather not? Worst of all, are you worried that your column is getting into a rut?   You can’t wangle any more vacation, and besides,…

President’s Message – Samantha Bennett

Samantha Bennett

By Samantha Bennett NSNC President   I don’t mean to frighten you, but I’m also sure I’m not telling you anything you don’t know: This is a weird and scary time to be a columnist.    Almost every week, it seems, another newspaper announces layoffs or buyouts. Polls show the public doesn’t trust us or…

Dealing with Hateful Readers

Dave Lieber

By Dave Lieber Fort Worth Star-Telegram Columnist www.yankeecowboy.com      My first journalistic mentor was noted writer H.G. “Buzz” Bissinger. While in high school, I read his columns in the University of Pennsylvania student newspaper and decided I wanted to be like him. I enrolled at Penn, and in my first week as a freshman…

Meet Your New President – Samantha Bennett

Samantha Bennett

Samantha Bennett Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Hello, NSNC. I’m Samantha Bennett, and I write a weekly humor column for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Having been your membership chair and vice president, I’m now your president for the next two years. I ran on the strength of my cartwheeling prowess — but let me tell you a little more…

Prez Column – Mike Argento

Mike Argento

                                                    I was going to write about our upcoming conference in New Orleans, or how I’ve spent the week doing stuff like recording podcasts and scripting Web videos and producing parody ads.  But I can’t.   Not right now.  My friend Jim Hubley died. He had been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor just a few days…

We, Columnists, Are Here To Stay

Dave Lieber

By Dave Lieber Fort Worth Star-Telegram Secretary, NSNC Education Foundation  www.yankeecowboy.com    I looked all over for my Wall Street Journal. But it wasn’t there the other day. No, the New York Times, the Dallas Morning News and my own Fort Worth Star-Telegram were lying there on the driveway. But no Journal. This bothered me. I…

He was down, but never out

Dave Lieber

By Dave Lieber Fort Worth Star-Telegram Columnist Secretary, National Society of Newspaper Columnists Education Foundation www.yankeecowboy.com   Listen up! If you write a newspaper column that appears three times a week, once a week or once a month, and that’s all you do related to that work, then you, my friend, are dead in the…