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Connecting as a Columnist

Enrollment in this course is by invitation only

About This Course

About This Course

There was a time when a columnist's job was journalism’s equivalent of the Supreme Court. You had the newspaper's final word, and you had a job for life. But times change, and so has the role of a columnist.

Tampa Bay Times columnist John Romano introduces the changing role of a columnist, emphasizing ways to develop and hone your unique voice, keep your columns fresh, and identify the right tone for each column. He'll also tell you why you need to "earn your opinion" — and how to do that.

What Will I Learn?

  • What a columnist's voice is and how to develop yours
  • The difference between voice and tone
  • The essential elements of a good column
  • How to keep columns fresh and relevant
  • Why becoming a columnist does not mean leaving reporting skills behind

Who Should Take This Course?

Reporters, bloggers and other writers and prolific social media publishers who want to develop and hone a voice as a columnist.

Course Instructor

John Romano

John Romano

A journalist and native Floridian, John Romano accepts responsibility for only one of those shortcomings. Romano had a brief stint at the Palm Beach Post before beginning his career in the sports department at the St. Petersburg (now Tampa Bay) Times more than 30 years ago. He became a sports columnist in 2001 and was named metro columnist in 2011. He has never won a Pulitzer, but recently went to a Bruce Springsteen concert in Atlanta with three Pulitzer winners.