Author: Media Admin

We’re In Big Trouble

By Dave Lieber Dallas Morning News columnist Now for the first time, I really feel it. I can touch it. It’s happening all around.   The death of a competent, successful free press. The spiral downward for newspapers and TV news.…

Find Your Literary Agent at NSNC 2017

Have you written a book? We have agents eager to hear your pitches. Here’s how it works First, find out how pitches and the types of books compel professional representation from the NSNC’s first-ever Literary Agents/Publishers’ Panel on Saturday, June…

Annual Contest Deadline Extended

by Cathy Turney Column Contest Chair The cavemen had it right– their column contests were conducted on clay tablets. Technology is great…when it works. Well, we’ve had some challenges this year, and so we’re extended the deadline for the 2017 NSNC…

Learn to Earn More at #NSNC17

President’s Message By Lisa Smith Molinari President National Society of Newspaper Columnists You open the mailbox, and there it is. The envelope is so thin, it seems almost empty. But you know exactly what’s inside. You run a fingernail under…

Ellen Goodman ‘Globe’-trotted to Column Fame

This is the 16th in a series of articles about recipients of the NSNC’s annual Ernie Pyle Lifetime Achievement Award. By Dave Astor Archivist National Society of Newspaper Columnists I really wanted to attend our 2008 conference in New Orleans,…

Man of Many Words Asks Alex

DEAR ALEX, My editor wants me to trim my weekly column word maximum from 650 down to 500. I also run a photo I have taken which sometimes doesn’t get used, except on their website. As a freelancer I have…

2017 Annual Column Contest Opens! Up to 40 Chances to Place!

By Cathy Turney Contest Chair The National Society of Newspaper Columnists announces that its 2017 contest is now open for submissions. Finalists and honorable mentions will be named in eight categories including General Interest, Humor and Online-Blog-Multimedia. Yes, writers who…

Tribes and Tribulations

by Bonnie Jean Feldkamp Director of Media We’re talking to columnists about what it means to be an opinion writer in today’s market. This is the second article in the series. Adversity inspires solidarity. When things go wrong we turn…

A Funny Thing Happened at Lunch: How the Spirit of Erma Inspired 153 to Join NSNC in One Weekend

President’s Message By Lisa Smith Molinari President National Society of Newspaper Columnists I could feel the tiny glands in my armpits firing off, one by one. I fidgeted, pushed the lettuce around my plate, and smiled blankly at the gentleman…

Clarence Page Appears On Many a Newspaper Page

This is the 15th in a series of articles about recipients of the NSNC’s annual Ernie Pyle Lifetime Achievement Award. By Dave Astor Archivist National Society of Newspaper Columnists When Clarence Page became a Chicago Tribune columnist in 1984, he…

Here, I’m a Walter Winchell Wanna-be

You, The Columnist By Dave Lieber Dallas Morning News columnist Imagine if this column about columnists was a 1940s-style rat-tat-tat column. Let’s be Walter Winchell for a day.   *   Good evening, Mr. and Ms. NSNC members; put down your phones…

The Columnist’s Role Today

Columnists Talk Shop By Bonnie Jean Feldkamp Director of Media We’re talking to columnists about what it means to be an opinion writer in today’s market. This is the first article in the series. No matter which political camp you…

The Year of Living Courageously: What lies ahead for columnists in 2017?

By Lisa Smith Molinari President National Society of Newspaper Columnists Roughly three decades ago, technology took journalism and publishing for a wild ride into the Digital Age, and ever since, columnists have been hanging on, wondering where the runaway train…

2017 Annual Column Contest Opens!

Up to 40 Chances to Place! By Cathy Turney Contest Chair National Society of Newspaper Columnists The National Society of Newspaper Columnists announces that its 2017 contest is now open for submissions. (See complete Rules HERE.) Finalists and honorable mentions…

Will Rogers Award 2017 Nominating Period Open

Will Rogers

Nominations for the 2017 Will Rogers Humanitarian Award are now being accepted (application HERE). The award, recognizing a writer whose work has positively affected readers’ lives and produced tangible community wide benefits, will be presented at the annual NSNC Conference June…

Death Seemed Near, So Art Buchwald Was Honored Early

This is the 14th in a series of articles about recipients of the NSNC’s annual Ernie Pyle Lifetime Achievement Award. By Dave Astor Archivist National Society of Newspaper Columnists The situation surrounding Art Buchwald made 2006 perhaps the most memorable…

FAKE NEWS = EYEBALLS = $$$

by Suzette Suzette Martinez Standring NSNC Past President Do I have to “Snopes” every shocking headline nowadays? For readers many fake news sites look legit, just like those taken down by Google:baltimoregazette.com, denverguardian.com, as well as parasitic domain-named sites such…