Category: You, the Columnist

Columnist tips from Dave Lieber

Social media was built for YOU…

Dave Lieber

you, the columnist Social media was built for YOU So why aren’t you doing a better job?   By Dave Lieber NSNC Education Foundation Secretary    I heard somebody say the other day that the only thing social media does for you is make you less social.    Knew you’d like that.    You’re a…

Lieber: “I’ll Never Forget”

Dave Lieber

you, the columnist By Dave Lieber NSNC Education Foundation Secretary      I was cleaning out the office the other day and came across my notes from my very first NSNC conference in Portland, Oregon in 1993. I remember it like yesterday. (Cliché alert!)    I wasn’t a columnist when I arrived, but was one…

Could Ernie Pyle’s work fly on the internet?

You, the columnist By Dave Lieber davelieber.org A little disgusted is how I feel when I read these words from Time magazine book reviewer Lev Grossman about how writers are going to have to write differently for people who read their work on cell phones or who can’t focus too long on one subject:  …

Your Best Editors Deserve to hear it from you

Dave Lieber

You, the Columnist By Dave Lieber www.WatchdogNation.com Dear Ann Kolson, I read the obituary of your husband, Steve, in The New York Times the other day, and my heart sank(“Steven Lovelady, 66, Acclaimed Editor”). You see, I have always tried to thank those who helped me learn the craft of journalism. Years afterward, I would…

Increase your search rankings/readership with simple videos

Dave Lieber

By Dave Lieber www.WatchdogNation.com    By now, as a columnist, writer, information entrepreneur, whatever you call yourself these days, you have figured out that the chief currency in this stage of the information age is the keyword search in a search engine of your name.    Borrowing from Microsoft’s search engine, when someone looks you…

Do It Now: Live Your Dream

Dave Lieber

By Dave Lieber Fort Worth Star-Telegram NSNCEF Secretary        You’re Kelly Kazek, managing editor of the Athens (Alabama) News Courier, and you just enjoyed one of the biggest days of your life. Your first book was published, and you shared the party with everyone at the town square.    As a 5-year member…

Making money

Dave Lieber

By Dave Lieber Fort Worth Star-Telegram Columnist WatchdogNation.com    [The following is an abridged version of Dave’s talk at the 2009 Ventura conference.]      Originally, this workshop was going to be called “How to have the best writing year of your life.” Then as the economy crashed, we billed this as “Keeping your columnist…

Karma journalism

Dave Lieber

By Dave Lieber http://www.YankeeCowboy.com Fort Worth Star-Telegram    Do you think about your karma? I think about it every day. I don’t worry about deadlines. I worry that I’m not putting enough good karma out there so it comes back. So I go overboard, dumping karma over the side of my life boat as if…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Cruelly Mocking the Cruel Mocker

Dave Lieber

By Dave Lieber www.yankeecowboy.com Fort Worth Star-Telegram Columnist Secretary, National Society of Newspaper Columnists Education Foundation Suzette Martinez Standring underwent a career change in the 1990s, deciding to pursue her dream of becoming a newspaper columnist. She launched a column, joined the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, became a self-syndicator, acquired a base of several papers,…