A Message from NSNC President Jerry Zezima

NSNC 2015 — Indianapolis

Map of IndianaThe National Society of Newspaper Columnists will hold its 2015 conference June 25-28 in Indianapolis. Here is a statement to the membership from NSNC President Jerry Zezima.

Dear NSNC members:

As our conference in Indianapolis approaches — and it will be here before we know it — I have heard from quite a few of you about Indiana’s new Religious Freedom Restoration Act and what steps we should take, if any, in response to a law many people see as discriminatory.

The NSNC board of directors has wrestled with this issue — thoughtfully, passionately and respectfully — for several days. Here is the consensus:

We are committed to Indianapolis and that is where we will stay. Instead of abandoning the state of Indiana, we should encourage all of our members to go and see for themselves what is going on there.

Then we should do what we do best: Report. Opine. Write. Let readers across the country and, yes, around the world know what is happening, how it is affecting Hoosiers and what it means, or could mean, to people back home, wherever that may be, and everywhere else.

You can’t shine a light on something from a distance.


Jerry Zezima
National Society of Newspaper Columnists

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  6 comments for “A Message from NSNC President Jerry Zezima

  1. April 3, 2015 at 11:35 am

    What we do Bill is head towards the fire, not away from it. We go where we’re not supposed to be and write like hell and turn the world upside down. But you knew that.

  2. Bob Lamm
    April 2, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    I’m not a newspaper columnist, but my writings been published in many newspapers, including the New York Times and the Village Voice. The statement by Mr. Zezima is a lame copout. How depressing that sports figures are demonstrating more courage and commitment to human rights than newspaper columnists. Please count me as standing in solidarity with Deb Amien (whom I don’t know) and anyone else from NSNC who opposes this terrible decision and who won’t go to Indiana.

  3. April 2, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    Good decision for a good reason. Also, a change at this late date would involve huge cost increases across the board. I won’t be there for other reasons. I expect to see a lot of blogs about the experience after the conference.

    Question: I haven’t read the law but have heard that it focuses on gays, lesbians, et al. What about other hot topics like abortion, headscarves and any one else who is different. Of course, we as writers know that everyone is different. No two of us are the same.

  4. April 2, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    And that’s why you are the president, Jerry!

  5. April 2, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    Sorry. Not going to Indiana.

  6. Bill
    April 2, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    “Then we should do what we do best: ”

    Support discrimination?

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