So, in addition to writing feature articles, I'm now adding "columnist" to my shingle. Starting Friday, my weekly column will run on the Metro section front of The Miami Herald. And if you don't get the paper, you can read it each week at MiamiHerald.com. I'll also be doing a weekly live chat on Friday afternoons with anyone who wants to question, challenge, agree, or just mix it up with me about that day's column, or anything else that's relevant in the news. Read all about it, here, or watch a short piece on it, here.
I am excited, no doubt about that. Most of you know the difference, but for the few stragglers, let me explain. In news articles you (should) find a combination of facts and details tracked down and compiled by the reporter, with context - who, what, when, where, why, etc.
In columns and editorials, and the like, a news writer gives his opinion on those facts and details, and that context.
So until now, my blog has been the only place I've bee able to share my opinion, since it was imperative to keep it out of my "news" articles. Now, I'll keep up the blog, but I'll be weighing in on life in South Florida and, when it's relevant, how life down here relates to life elsewhere.
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