Author Archive for Ben Pollock

Director of Media, National Society of Newspaper Columnists

Short Takes

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President’s Message By Jerry Zezima President National Society of Newspaper Columnists William Shakespeare said, “Brevity is the soul of wit.” Dorothy Parker did the Bard one better when she said, “Brevity is the soul of lingerie.” Since it is February,…

Silence? Never. But Do We Shush Ourselves?

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Art of Column Writing By Suzette Martinez Standring 2004-06 President National Society of Newspaper Columnists The French magazine Charlie Hebdo was notorious for its offensive satire on religion, and gunmen proclaiming revenge in the name of the Prophet Mohammed imposed…

Do You Know a Humanitarian?

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Will Rogers Humanitarian Award Has your community suffered a natural disaster within the past year — flood, fire, tornado or earthquake? If so, did local news media get involved in coming to the aid of victims, during and after the…

Filling the Tipple Jar

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President’s Message By Jerry Zezima President National Society of Newspaper Columnists My best New Year’s resolution was made many New Years ago, a year after my worst New Year’s resolution, which was to develop a taste for Scotch. Looking for…

Resolved: Batter Up

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you, the columnist By Dave Lieber Dallas Morning News columnist It’s New Year’s Eve. I’m feeling good. Not because of the spirits but because I’ve had a wonderful year. One of my best ever at a newspaper. Hey, that last…

Columnists Cover ‘Charlie Hebdo’ Attack

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Journalists, American ones at least, keep a rope line between reportage and commentary, and by extension between photojournalism and illustration. U.S. discussions on news concentrate on the presentation of factual material. If we accept, though, that journalism is inclusive in…

NSNC Condemns ‘Hebdo’ Attack

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“A journalist’s most important and powerful tools are words, but even they are inadequate in expressing the horror we at the National Society of Newspaper Columnists feel about the attack on the staff of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo. It…

Students: 2015 Columnist Scholarship Wants You

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Jeff Zaslow College Columnist Award Contest Each year, the National Society of Newspaper Columnists Education Foundation sponsors a unique scholarship for student columnists. College writers are encouraged to enter our 17th annual contest for collegiate newspaper columnists. The winner receives…

2015 Column Contest Opens

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The annual contest of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists is open! The deadline this year is: Sunday, March 15, midnight Pacific Besides fame, winners and finalists get a token of fortune: $300 for first place, $200 for second and…

Payment Options for 2015 Column Contest

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Entering the 2015 NSNC Column Contest requires two steps: Completing the entry form and paying the fee. Each has convenient options. The 2015 Contest Entry Form is available in two versions: Entry form as PDF Entry form as Word doc…

Rules of 2015 Column Contest

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These are the rules for the 2015 column contest, covering columns published in the 2014 calendar year. First place in each category will receive $300, second place $200 and third place $100, in addition to certificates. Honorable mentions receive certificates.…

Rosby Releases Column Collection

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Dorothy Rosby, a National Society of Newspaper Columnists member, published in November a column collection, I Used to Think I Was Not That Bad and Then I Got to Know Me Better. She writes at her website dorothyrosby.com that it’s…

Ado Run Run or Much Adieu

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Art of Column Writing By Suzette Martinez Standring 2004-06 President National Society of Newspaper Columnists It’s much ado about nothing. Or perhaps I should say “adieu.” Time Magazine’s Fourth Annual Word Banishment Poll is all high and mighty about what…

Mary Stobie Publishes ‘Patchwork Memoir’

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Mary Stobie, a National Society of Newspaper Columnists member, released in October what she calls a “patchwork memoir,” You Fall Off, You Get Back On. The 204-page book is published by Liberator Press and is available through local booksellers or…

The Season of Renewal

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President’s Message By Jerry Zezima President National Society of Newspaper Columnists This month’s message is brought to you by the Jerry’s Kids College, Wedding and Adorable Granddaughter Fund, a nonprofit organization so disorganized that it doesn’t make a profit. I…