Author Archive for Ben Pollock

Director of Media, National Society of Newspaper Columnists

The Greatest Generation of Columnists

Photo of Ernie Pyle courtesy Ernie Pyle Legacy Foundation

President’s Message By Jerry Zezima President National Society of Newspaper Columnists “You had the ability,” a U.S. Marine sergeant once told Pvt. Art Buchwald, “to screw up a two-car funeral. Anything you touched ceased to function.” No, Ernie Pyle wasn’t…

2015 Column Contest Finalists Announced

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Finalists in the 2015 annual column contest of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists have been chosen. Their third-, second- and first-place positions will be announced at the Awards Banquet during the 2015 NSNC conference on Saturday, June 27, at…

Schedule for Indy Conference

Water Clock, Children's Museum of Indianapolis

NSNC 2015 — Indianapolis Thursday, June 25, 2015 All events are confirmed. Updates to the schedule, however, will be clearly noted. 4 – 6 p.m. — Registration (check-in time for The Alexander is 3 p.m.) 3 – 5 — NSNC…

Looking for Auction Items

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NSNC 2015 — Indianapolis Groucho: I’ll show you how to make some real money. I’m gonna hold an auction in a little while at Cocoanut Manor. You know what an auction is, don’t you? Chico: Sure. I come over from…

Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your Engines

1909 poster advertising the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (which opened in 1909). Public domain

NSNC 2015 — Indianapolis By Michelle Freed 2015 Conference Committee National Society of Newspaper Columnists Writers are a work in progress. Always. Times change, perspectives adjust, and the quest for that perfect sentence or paragraph never ends. As Ernest Hemingway…

Hoosier Youngest to Receive Rogers Honor

NSNC's Will Rogers Humanitarian Award statuette

Will Rogers Humanitarian Award An award-winning writer from The Indianapolis Star has been chosen to receive the 2015 Will Rogers Humanitarian Award at the annual conference of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. Marisa Kwiatkowski, an investigative reporter covering social…

History of NSNC Through My T-Shirts

The first version of this shirt had a typo. "Write no column before it's time." I don't have one of those. Worth lots of money!

you, the columnist By Dave Lieber Dallas Morning News columnist I’m so excited about seeing everybody at the 2015 Indianapolis National Society of Newspaper Columnists conference that I started going through my wardrobe. What to wear? So many NSNC related…

An Important National Columnists Day – 2015

Memorial stone for Ernie Pyle, being dedicated on the 70th anniversary of his death, April 18, 2015, at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl Crater, Hawaii.

The National Society of Newspaper Columnists sets April 18 as National Columnists Day. The 2015 edition is a special one. The day was chosen because it was on April 18 that Scripps Howard war correspondent Ernie Pyle was killed, shot…

Mark Twain’s Hero

Artemus Ward, pen name of Charles Farrar Brown, 1834-67

President’s Message By Jerry Zezima President National Society of Newspaper Columnists Leave it to Mark Twain to have the best take on April Fools’ Day. In “Pudd’nhead Wilson’s Calendar,” he wrote, “This is the day upon which we are reminded…

When Stand-Up and Column Writing Meet

Suzette Martinez Standring

Art of Column Writing By Suzette Martinez Standring 2004-06 President National Society of Newspaper Columnists Life is an unexpected ride. I’m a columnist who presents writing workshops, maybe the occasional keynote. But stand-up comedy? Terrifying! I am not that gal.…

Columnists’ Road Trip Is Fly

Indianapolis Skyline

NSNC 2015 – Indianapolis By Amanda Beam 2015 Conference Committee National Society of Newspaper Columnists Gentlehumans, start your engines. Only three months until the 2015 NSNC Conference. True story. Per square mile, Indiana has the most miles of interstate highways…

A Message from NSNC President Jerry Zezima

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NSNC 2015 — Indianapolis The 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…

March Forth for Froth

Exterior of The Alexander, Indianapolis hotel

President’s Message By Jerry Zezima President National Society of Newspaper Columnists Beware the Ides of March. We have all heard this old saying and have promptly ignored it, especially if we’ve heard it in, say, November, because it raises an…

What’s Your #AdviceforYoungJournalists?

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you, the columnist By Dave Lieber Dallas Morning News columnist Did you catch any of the wonderful snippets of advice on Twitter recently tied to the hashtag #AdviceforYoungJournalists? Hundreds of folks participated from around the world. Some responses were annoying…

Illinois’ Schrader Publishes 2nd Volume of Columns

jacket of Vol. 2, Hybrid Corn & Purebred People by Barry Schrader

Member Barry Schrader has published a second volume of Hybrid Corn & Purebred People, a collection of a hundred of his columns, run in the Daily Chronicle newspaper of DeKalb, Illinois. He’s considering an e-book edition. The first volume, issued…