You, the Columnist

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Get Your Pulitzer Entry ready

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you, the columnist By Dave Lieber Dallas Morning News columnist Are you getting your Pulitzer contest entry ready for 2014? I’m not kidding. I just looked at the winners for commentary going back to 1970. No active NSNC member has…

Ready for Life in the Small Screen World?

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you, the columnist By Dave Lieber Dallas Morning News columnist I’m taking the long view with you, the columnist, about the future of journalism and column writing. The long view now is 18 months away. Remember when it was five…

Deeply Personal, Tammeus’ New Book Hits Home

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you, the columnist By Dave Lieber Columnist, The Dallas Morning News In his typical Midwestern self-effacing manner, former NSNC President Bill Tammeus hides his autobiography inside a grander study of modern America based on its early baby boomer years. His…

Go BIG — Be a Chicken

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you, the columnist This column originally was published in the March 2014 edition of The Columnist, the members’ newsletter of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. By Dave Lieber Columnist, The Dallas Morning News I keep tellin’ my columnist friends:…

‘Stay Classy,’ Columnists

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you, the columnist This column was originally published in the January 2014 edition of The Columnist, the members’ newsletter of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. By Dave Lieber Columnist, The Dallas Morning News You, the columnist, are your own…

What We Learned in Hartford

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you, the columnist By Dave Lieber Columnist, The Dallas Morning News Originally published in The Columnist members-only newsletter Two months after one of the best-attended conferences in recent NSNC history, I wondered: what was the main takeaway for attendees? I…

Snapshots of a Layoff

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I’m not expecting this. Well, I am, eventually, just not at this moment. you, the columnist By Dave Lieber Unaffiliated It’s 1993. My first column. By way of introduction, I ask readers of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram if chicken-fried steak…

Bob Welch Does It Right

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Honored Oregon Columnist Spreads His Talents you, the columnist By Dave Lieber www.YankeeCowboy.com When a newspaper is named to Editor & Publisher’s annual “10 Newspapers That Do It Right” list, a columnist is not usually pictured with top editors. But…

The Real Dave Astor

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Memoir Tells Lively Stories of Famous Cartoonists, Columnists and Author you, the columnist By Dave Lieber www.YankeeCowboy.com Book Review: Comic (and Column) Confessional: Finding Myself While Covering Syndicates, Celebrities, and a Changing Media World. By Dave Astor. Xenos Press (2012).…

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…

National Columnists’ Day – Another Ernie Story

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By Dave Lieber Fort Worth Star-Telegram   No matter what crevice of Ernie Pyle’s life you look into, you find something interesting, honest and authentically American. His real name was Ernest, after all. April 18 marks the 18th annual celebration…

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.…

NSNC Members’ Greatest Columns

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Here’s Your Best Column Ever  By Dave Lieber   Fort Worth Star-Telegram Columnist   http://www.yankeecowboy.com/        Somehow very few of us in NSNC are included in the new book, Deadline Artists: America’s Greatest Newspaper Columns. So in my last…

What’s Your Best Column Ever?

Contest Entries Pile Up

you, the columnist  By Dave Lieber Fort Worth Star-Telegram Columnist www.YankeeCowboy.com   Nice publicity hit on the top-15-columns-of-all-time survey at the NSNC conference. Book researcher polls our membership. Results make news.    Thanks to Newsweek-The Daily Beast senior political columnist…

Why We Should Never Change Our Name

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By Dave Lieber Fort Worth Star-Telegram Columnist www.YankeeCowboy.com I’m celebrating 20 years of NSNC membership. I got what I put into it. Great friends, more learning about column writing than anywhere else combined, an actual columnist job (hired while attending…

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…