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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…

G.I. Joe

The Story of the G.I. Joe Action Figure By Tom Henderson, Columnist You might have noticed a minor journalistic controversy a few years back after the great columnist Ernie Pyle was turned into a G.I. Joe doll (excuse me, action figure).   Purists were peeved. Ernie was rolling about his grave, they said. A humble man…

New Orleans 2008

Mike Argento, President

The 32nd annual conference of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists “New Orleans, We Haven’t Forgotten.” Mike Argento, NSNC President, opens the 32nd Annual Conference in New Orleans.     Lt. Governor of Louisiana, Mitch Landrieu, says Katrina was a life changing event for the people of New Orleans.  Things are spoken of now in terms of pre-Katrina…

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…