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To Column or not to Column?

First of all, I'm certain I won't row, so columning would be my only option if I wanted to have any sort of chart/table/matrix verbiage in my life.

And now for the coherent part of the blog:
Last year with the Breeze I went from 'Guest Columnist' to 'Contributing Columnist', which is what I am now. The title just means I've contributed more, I still don't get paid or have any responsibilities. Above that is 'Staff Writer', which gets $5 per article and has more restrictions on writing (need to get drafts in earlier, discuss topic ideas, etc.) but no quota for writing. Then there's just 'Senior Columnist', which is where you get $10 per article, have your picture next to all of your work, and have to write with some pre-determined frequency (I believe twice a month minimum), as well as all the other responsibilities of a Staff Writer.

Now, I had planned to apply to be a Staff Writer as soon as I worked up the energy to fill out the application and set up a meeting to discuss it. However, they've had a lot of trouble getting columns this year (we've been re-printing Washington Post stuff to fill space), and today I got an email from the editor saying I could become a Senior Columnist if I wanted to, after a little interview with them to make sure I understand the responsibilities and all that.

I've been busier than ever this semester and oftentimes I struggle coming up with topics to write about (this year I wrote a mediocre Constitution day piece and a half-decent piece on Rick Sanchez's firing) so I really wasn't expecting to take any position that had quotas for contributions. But, it is an awesome opportunity, especially for a sophomore, and while I don't know the actual numbers, if I held that position for the remainder of my time here I might be able to set some records haha.

So I'm asking your advice on what I should do.

And also, as a senior columnist you need a little phrase next to your name for your columns, typically a pun on the writer's name but I don't think that'll work for me. If you have any ideas, I'd welcome them. Titling is the worst phase of my writing, and I don't think they'd accept 'No Goal' which is my fallback title for anything I'm doing.


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Post on Wed Oct 13, 2010 2:17 pm by strangerthanfiction


I can't think of any little titles you'd want to use, though. "Bitches Ain't Shit" will not cut it here. Not even if you write it in such a manner that it's clearly a cappella.

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Post on Wed Oct 13, 2010 5:56 pm by The Prez

I'd do it, you might not get the chance again

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Post on Wed Oct 13, 2010 7:47 pm by dohnage18

Do it. No goal is a fine title. Would something cheesy like "I am your father" work?

It sounds like a fantastic opportunity. Getting paid for something you enjoy sounds like a good idea. As for topics to write about, we're interesting people. Why don't you ask us what might make an interesting article?

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Post on Wed Oct 13, 2010 10:40 pm by AgentW

I think you should use your Disregard Females, Acquire Currency line. That could be interpreted in several ways.

Go for it. As long as you know what the commitment is and meet deadlines, it shouldn't be too hard.

Luke Wachob
Disregard Females, Acquire Currency

maybe not. I'll think about it.

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Post on Thu Oct 14, 2010 12:41 am by dohnage18

It could be an economics column about sacrificing certain things in life to achieve certain monetary goals. I like it.

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Post on Thu Oct 14, 2010 9:33 pm by strangerthanfiction

You could say that you are Luke Wachob, and you wake up in the morning feeling like P. Henry.

That's really awful, though.

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