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Young Writers, Just How Good Are You?

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NSNC Scholarship 2016 By Mike Leonard Scholarship Chairman National Society of Newspaper Columnists BLOOMINGTON, Indiana — Menahem Pressler, the co-founder and pianist for the legendary Beaux Arts Trio, told me recently that this fabled career was launched almost by accident…

From Rose Bowl to Rosebud

Walter Burns & Hildy Johnson are hot on a story.

President’s Message By Jerry Zezima President National Society of Newspaper Columnists Now that 2016 is here, and we have all recovered from New Year’s Eve, which means we are ready to repeat the conviviality in the hospitality suite at the…

A Positive Honor for a Positive Guy

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Lifetime Achievers This is the third in a series of articles about winners of the NSNC’s annual Ernie Pyle Lifetime Achievement Award. By Dave Astor Archivist National Society of Newspaper Columnists As endless gun violence and contemptible political statements dominate…

Only the Lonely: Columnists and Bloggers Have a Home at the NSNC

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Member Ship By Amanda Beam Membership Chair National Society of Newspaper Columnists Writers execute their craft alone mostly. It’s the nature of the beast. Our minds find it hard to work with the drumming and droning of others’ lives continuing…

10 Reasons You Need to Buy the New Ernie Pyle Book

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you, the columnist By Dave Lieber Dallas Morning News columnist I own almost every book by and about Ernie Pyle. I also own a scrapbook of his World War II columns kept by a family during that time. I bought…

Will Rogers Award — The Search Is On

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2016 Will Rogers Humanitarian Award It’s a new year and time once again to search for someone deserving of the Will Rogers Humanitarian Award. This is the 16th year of this honor, which recognizes a writer whose work has positively…

2015 Contest’s Winning Columns

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With the 2016 column contest of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists now open, writers interested in submitting three pieces they published or posted in 2015 might find insight from the first-place entries from the previous year. Following are links…

2016 Annual Column Contest Opens

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Up to 18 Chances to Place By Cathy Turney Contest Chair National Society of Newspaper Columnists The National Society of Newspaper Columnists announces that its 2016 contest is now open for submissions. Finalists and honorable mentions will be named in…

Rules for 2016 Column Contest

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Here are the rules for the 2016 column contest, covering columns published in the 2015 calendar year. Read carefully, as rules have been revised. Categories are the same. First place in each category will receive $300, second place $200 and third…

‘Tis the Season

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Member Ship By Amanda Beam Membership Chair National Society of Newspaper Columnists ‘Tis the season for renewal. Spiritual renewal. Mental renewal. Even a bit of physical renewal, especially after eating all those pies and candies and carbs at those Thanksgiving…

Another Visit From St. Nicholas

One of the first depictions of Santa Claus, by Thomas Nast, Jan. 3, 1863, cover of Harper's Weekly.

President’s Message By Jerry Zezima President National Society of Newspaper Columnists (With no apologies to Clement C. Moore, who is dead and can’t sue me.) • • • ‘Twas the time before conference for the NSNC, And members looked forward…

NSNC Couldn’t Honor Molly Ivins, Could It?

Lifetime Achievers This is the second in a series of articles about recipients of the NSNC’s Ernie Pyle Lifetime Achievement Award. By Dave Astor Archivist National Society of Newspaper Columnists During her illustrious career, Molly Ivins won the admiration of…

Eliscu Publishes Novel

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Maine Authors Publishing has released a novel by  Kathy Eliscu. The book is Not Even Dark Chocolate Can Fix This Mess! The publisher’s page has this summary: “Somewhere in Maine, a middle-aged woman is having a serious temper tantrum. ‘Tink’ Casawill…

Tragedy: The Emotion of Right Now

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Art of Column Writing By Suzette Martinez Standring 2004-06 NSNC President It’s the season of peace and goodwill, yet the hot breath of tragedy is fresh — the Paris bombings, the Syrian refugee crisis, and gun violence in America. As…

Heavy Hitters Head to Hollywood

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NSNC 2016 — Los Angeles By Lisa Smith Molinari Vice President National Society of Newspaper Columnists NCNC’s Conference Committee is proud to announce a sparkling marquis of speakers for the upcoming 2016 Conference held June 23-26 in Los Angeles, California.…

Lifetime Achievement Award Goes to Leonard Pitts

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By Dave Astor Archivist National Society of Newspaper Columnists Leonard Pitts Jr. has been chosen to receive the National Society of Newspaper Columnists’ 2016 Ernie Pyle Lifetime Achievement Award. The widely syndicated columnist will be presented the honor on June…