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How to write a column

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Jake_Taylor, Jun 24, 2011.

  1. Jake_Taylor

    Jake_Taylor Well-Known Member

  2. SF_Express

    SF_Express Active Member

    I'm solidly in the "quotes aren't necessary and certainly not necessary to end a column" camp.
  3. Liut

    Liut Well-Known Member

    Thanks, Jake. Me, too.
  4. Jake_Taylor

    Jake_Taylor Well-Known Member

    I think I fall in the "it depends on the story" camp. Sometimes I'm interviewing somebody and thinking they are writing it for me with all the great quotes. Other times I'm getting mostly background with a couple of poignant statements worth quoting.
  5. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    All columns are different. Sometimes, you're thinking out loud, as it were, and quotes are not needed at all. Sometimes, you're telling a story about a person, and that person's quotes are absolutely necessary. There's no rules except doing the best you can in (you hope) a way nobody's thought about the event/person/topic before.
  6. Mozilla

    Mozilla Guest

    Quit ending columns with meaningless kickers, I say.


    "It all comes down
    to this season," Jockboy
    said. "This is my big chance."
  7. Double Down

    Double Down Well-Known Member

    The "indeed" ending is a hacky hack hacksters kicker. Few things bug me more.

    YGBFKM Guest

    I like to end my columns in mid-sentence so the readers have a reason to come back.
  9. JPsT

    JPsT Member

    Always leave them wanting more, so they'll
  10. Johnny Dangerously

    Johnny Dangerously Well-Known Member

  11. FreddiePatek

    FreddiePatek Active Member

    Now that's just funny, don't care who ya are.
  12. shockey

    shockey Active Member

    kickers have their time and place but are more often than not unnecessary. some writers, especially young writers, don't understand why it's often overkill. this is where good editors come in.
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