Nominations: Unofficial Best Column of 2011

ballot box for voteThe NSNC and NSNC member John Avlon (co-editor of this year’s popular anthology Deadline Artists: America’s Greatest Newspaper Columns) want to know your choice of the best columns of 2011.

Please list them, at, with headline, columnist and its web link. We are looking for Newspaper Columns in any medium. Nominations deadline, noon Central Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011.

12/29 UPDATE: Vote on between noon Central Wednesday and now ending noon Central Saturday, Dec. 31. Yes, the time to participate in the survey has been extended!

Here are the nominations, alphabetical by columnist. 12/28 Update: Facebook, apparently, allows just 10 lines on its ballot. I (Ben Pollock) culled by choosing just newspaper columns. Here:

Here are the other nominated columns, published in other media.

“Please note the the official, decades-old NSNC Column Contest — the level of honor you can boast of on a resume — welcomes published columns in all media: newspapers, magazines, online and blogs written in column style, as well as multimedia formats including video. The rules for 2012 (covering columns published in 2011), will be posted here at in January. The deadline for submissions is March 1, with the winners announced Saturday, May 6, at the NSNC annual conference, this year in Macon, Ga.

A difference between this contest and more conventional media writing competitions is that these nominations are from readers as well as the writers or their editors or publishers. Using Facebook as a polling device means no one, no Facebook account holder, can vote more than once. But they can change their votes. Also, the respondents are not chosen by random or other bias-checking means. So, while this is a bit stronger than the usual Internet straw poll, it’s no Gallup or Nielsen or Audit Bureau survey. Also, this doesn’t have the clout of the annual NSNC contest, which employs judges experienced in the craft and art of columns.

Disclaimers aside, the Facebook poll is useful information for writers and reader of columns. Results will be posted when available.

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  2 comments for “Nominations: Unofficial Best Column of 2011

  1. Rome
    December 28, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    Rob Azevedo is my pick!

  2. Arthur Hitchman
    December 28, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Rob Azevedo said it all. Do what you love to do. Do it the best you can and live life to the fullest. 49 is to young to die but better to live 49 year than just existing for 49 years.

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