Category: You, the Columnist

Columnist tips from Dave Lieber

Go BIG — Be a Chicken

Chicken and Dallas Morning News columnist James Ragland

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: YA GOTTA GO BIG! 2014 can’t be the play-it-safe year for you, the columnist. More…

‘Stay Classy,’ Columnists

Poster for the first Anchorman movie

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 marketing department. If you don’t market yourself, no one else will. But how? Facebook, Twitter,…

What We Learned in Hartford

Mark Twain House, Hartford, Conn.

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 polled them, and here’s what they told me: Cynthia Stead, Cape Cod Times: “Columnists are…

Snapshots of a Layoff

Fort Worth Live Stock Exchange

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 is chicken or steak. I know. It’s a dumb way to begin. Maybe the dumbest.…

Bob Welch Does It Right

IBM Selectric II typewriter

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 when The Register-Guard in Eugene, Ore. was placed on the 2012 list, columnist Bob Welch…

The Real Dave Astor

Shakespeare and Company bookshop, Paris

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). 232 pages. Paperback. $25 Dave Astor, that quiet guy sitting in the first row at…

Copy and Paste: Avoiding Plagiarism

Polygraph Letter Copier Jefferson Used

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 NSNC colleagues. More than their words were stolen when their columns were plagiarized in separate…

National Columnists’ Day – Another Ernie Story

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 of the NSNC’s National Columnists Day, a project former NSNC President Bill Tammeus and I…

Forget Klout. Use your clout.

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. We process this data on a daily basis to give you an updated Klout score…

Why papers are dying: Lewis Grizzard died first

  By Dave Lieber Fort Worth Star-Telegram www.YankeeCowboy.com   One of my pet peeves is when people come up to me and say, “It’s a shame that the Internet is killing newspapers.” I heartily disagree. Newspapers survived for 15 years with the Internet offering our stuff for free. What’s killing newspapers, first and foremost, is…

NSNC Members’ Greatest Columns

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 column I announced my own version – NSNC Members’ Greatest Columns. I asked for your…

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 John Avlon for asking us to help him do research for his new book, Deadline…

Why We Should Never Change Our Name

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 my first conference, no less), a lengthy career of growth and improvement, and, yes, worth…

Meet One of America’s Best Social Media Columnists

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 media, not yet invented, would change what we do. I didn’t realize that the 21st…

My-picture-on-top-of-the-column-syndrome

you, the columnist My-picture-on-top-of-the-column-syndrome   By Dave Lieber Columnists.com The other day I was insecure about something. I got zero comments beneath my column on my newspaper’s website for what I thought was a pretty good column. Then I clicked on the comments for my columnist colleague at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Bob Ray Sanders.…

Guide to Publishing Your e-Book

you, the columnist By Dave Lieber Fort Worth Star-Telegram Columnist www.YankeeCowboy.com Are you ready to publish an e-book? When I decided this summer to jump in to this rapidly-growing market, I searched the Internet for an up-to-date guide showing how to do it yourself, who to contact and what the difficulties are. Couldn’t find one.…

Tune-Up Your Creativity Chamber with Key Rules

you, the columnist By Dave Lieber Fort Worth Star-Telegram    Do you have a harder time concentrating these days because of distractions? Does it take a greater effort to make time to read, research, write and get things done? Is keeping to a long-term plan tough in the midst of an over-stimulated day?      …