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Columnists Worth Reading

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Eagleboy, Jan 11, 2007.

  1. Eagleboy

    Eagleboy Guest

    I tried to do a search on the topic and couldn't find anything real straightforward on the subject, so I figured I'd ask: which columnists are worth reading everyday, either for their writing style, viewpoints, sarcasm or humor?

    A lot of the people I used to/still do read haven't been held in much high regard around here for one reason or another, so I figured I'd try to come up with a consensus. I vaguely recall Canzano being mentioned as a good name and remember that Cowlishaw was talked about highly in another thread. Anything else?
  2. Clever username

    Clever username Active Member

    Does it even need to be said? Ah, screw it ... This will not end well.
  3. Clever username

    Clever username Active Member

    I like the question because I'm always looking for new people to read that I might've missed. But the reason I say it won't end well is because there will be people who get all uppity about other people trying to determine what it means to be "worth" reading, which happened the last time someone asked about the best beat writers. I hope we get some good answers though.
  4. fishwrapper

    fishwrapper Active Member

  5. sportschick

    sportschick Active Member

    I like Terry Pluto, Christine Brennan, Jemele Hill and Posnanski (off the top of my head).

    I'm quite sure I'll get slammed for those, so ya know.
  6. Eagleboy

    Eagleboy Guest

    Didn't mean to open a can of worms here. I was just hoping to broaden my horizons a little bit. I typically read the people in my area and know I'm missing some great stuff out there, so that's why I ask.
  7. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    Like I say every time this comes up: Geoff Calkins in Memphis.
    Thank me later.
  8. sportschick

    sportschick Active Member

    Dwight Perry of the Seattle Times is pretty good as well.

    Rial Cummings from Missoula is excellent.
  9. Plaschke, Wilbon, Geoff Calkins in Memphis and Whitlock immediately spring to mind.
  10. ned racine

    ned racine Member

    the 4 w's...

    whitlock...whicker...wojo(det news) wilbon
  11. Frank_Ridgeway

    Frank_Ridgeway Well-Known Member

    Depends what you want. Are you looking for someone who's really opinionated or who blows you away with language? If the latter, don't restrict yourself to sports columnists.

    I could say Mark Whicker is great, and he is, but what makes him great is that he is so consistently good, which is not easy. So you'd probably have to read him four times a week to understand what I mean.

    A couple columnists I like a lot from smaller papers:

    Sports: Bob Padecky, Santa Rosa Press-Democrat


    Not sports: Clayton Hardiman, Muskegon Chronicle

  12. dawgpounddiehard

    dawgpounddiehard Active Member

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