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Mardi’s close call

Mardi & Mike

HeraldTimesOnline.com Commentary Frightening scene provides practical and personal revelations By Mike Leonard  mleonard@heraldt.com June 26, 2008 I see all kinds of things when I look into Mardi¹s hazel eyes: shades of blue or green, depending on the day. Silent communication signaling consternation, concern, laughter or love. I’ve seen panic in my wife’s eyes a few…

Ambrose Bierce, old-time columnist

Dave Lieber, in a  column on this site, suggested that we should all learn more about Ambrose Bierce. To that end, here’s my column in InterCounty Newspapers, Pennsylvania, from April 16, 2003. Of All Things By James Smart The National Society of Newspaper Columnists annually designates April 18 National Newspaper Columnists Day. That brings to…

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…

Presidents Message – Samantha Bennett

Samantha Bennett

Samantha Bennett Pittsburgh Post-Gazette NSNC President   Got that tired, run-down feeling? Are you pressured to do more with less, slash your expenses, take on extra duties, learn technologies you’d rather not? Worst of all, are you worried that your column is getting into a rut?   You can’t wangle any more vacation, and besides,…

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…