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Tips on blogs

By Bill Tammeus   For a newspaper-related blog to be effective, it must give readers something useful they can’t get elsewhere and it must do that consistently. So it can’t be just another column full of words. Rather, it must offer links to related Web sites, helpful graphics, an opportunity to correspond with the blogger and…

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…

A moment of silence amid loss

Smiley Anders The Advocate, Baton Rouge  It takes a lot to shut up a bunch of columnists. These are people used to expressing their opinions forcefully – and often. On Saturday I was in a bus full of them, and they were finally at a loss for words. At the 32nd annual conference of the…

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…