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Old Man to host Alex in 2017

By Lisa Smith Molinari President National Society of Newspaper Columnists There is a steep granite cliff among the towering White Mountains of New Hampshire, where, for many years, the glacier-sculpted profile of “the Old Man of the Mountain” looked out upon the state — guarding its historical significance, uniquely American ideals, fiercely independent residents, and…

Manchester, NH, Named for 2017 National Society of Newspaper Columnists Annual Conference

  Manchester, NH — Manchester will see an influx of columnists from all over the country (staff, freelance, syndicated, self-syndicated, independent, and bloggers), June 8-11, 2017. The National Society of Newspaper Columnists (NSNC) announces Manchester, New Hampshire, as the site of its 2017 annual conference. The Radisson Hotel in downtown Manchester is eager to host.…

A Pyle Winner Who Actually Knew Pyle

This is the 11th 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 was fortunate to attend every NSNC conference from 1993 to 2002, so I got to see the first ten presentations of the Ernie Pyle…

Always Watching

By Dave Lieber Dallas Morning News  columnist Reminders came my way that people are always watching you, the columnist. We’re always on stage. Even when we think we’re not.   The world is big, but the community is so small.   Last week, a man wrote me the following:   “Mr. Lieber, you most likely do not remember me,…

NSNC Partners with Journalism and Women Symposium!

A record number of women columnists and bloggers have joined the National Society of Newspaper Columnists (NSNC) this year. This is great news considering a study from Media Matters For America found that women make up only 38 percent of newsroom staff. Women in journalism matter. When women and men equally report and share their…

NSNC Thrives With a Little Help From Friends

By Lisa Smith Molinari President National Society of Newspaper Columnists I was just outside Mrs. Rowley’s kindergarten class, giggling uncontrollably. Dancing in the coat room was all Marshall’s idea. He was just a little guy, with a skin condition  and an odd personal aroma. But having been his table mate for months, I knew he…

Robert L. Haught Receives 2016 NSNC Legacy Award

One of the highlights of the June conference in Los Angeles was the presentation of our Legacy Award to Robert L. (Bob) Haught. The prize honors NSNC members for extraordinary service to the organization — and Bob was a richly deserving recipient. He served 11 years on our board (eight as newsletter editor and three…

Membership Chair

Dorothy Rosby is a syndicated humor columnist whose work appears in 32 publications in ten Western and Midwestern states. She is the author of two humor collections, I Used to Think I Was Not That Bad and Then I Got to Know Me Better and I Didn’t Know You Could Make Birthday Cake From Scratch,…

Will Rogers Ranch Hosted Special Event for L.A. Conference

The buzz is on for next year’s conference. It started right after this year’s star-studded Hollywood extravaganza in Los Angeles. Jennifer Rogers-Etcheverry was among a swarm of conference attendees responding enthusiastically to the announcement that the 2017 meeting will be held at Manchester, New Hampshire next June 8-11. “I am soooo excited!” she said. “I…

Honoree, Helper, and Hawaiian Shirt Bidder

This is the 10th 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 Chuck Stone received our Ernie Pyle Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002, he said he had worked as a reporter, editorial writer, and editor, but “being…

Michael P. Ramirez: One Cartoon is Worth a Thousand Words

By Suzette Martinez Standring 2004-06 NSNC president One picture is worth a thousand words. Or think of it this way: one editorial cartoon is worth a thousand-word column. At the Hotel Angeleno in June, Michael P. Ramirez said, “A reporter is a purveyor of fact.  Editorial cartoonists just go back and shoot the wounded.” The two-time…

Column-writing: “A whole lot of fun for the first week”

Lisa Smith Molinari

By Lisa Smith Molinari President National Society of Newspaper Columnists Ever had one of those days when everything just falls into place? Yeah, me neither. The ever-increasing demands of the 21st Century have made time management more difficult for everyone, including columnists. Columnists no longer sit quietly in the air-conditioned comfort of their newspaper offices,…

Vice President

Mike Morin

Since leaving his 43-year radio career the day before the NSNC’s Washington conference two years ago, Mike Morin has made it his mission in life to reinvent himself. He still writes a column and magazine features, and he lectures frequently with stories from his memoir, Fifty Shades of Radio. He’s hosted a TV food show…

2001: A Place Oddity (Because a Pyle Winner Wasn’t There)

This is the ninth 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 Nat Hentoff was the first Ernie Pyle Lifetime Achievement Award winner not to travel to receive the honor in person, but he has otherwise traveled a…

NSNC Board Election for 2016

The 2016 National Society of Newspaper Columnists presents the following new board to two-year positions: President — Lisa Smith Molinari Vice President — Mike Morin Director of Media — Bonnie Jean Feldkamp Scholarship Chair — Mike Leonard Leonard was re-election. Molinari had been vice president. Ben Pollock is leaving as media director after serving several…

Check Out The View

By Amanda Beam Fabulous views are everywhere in Los Angeles. Travel to The Getty and you glimpse the spikes of Downtown L.A. skyscrapers in the distance. A trip to Will Rogers State Park will allow you to see the Pacific Ocean through the haze. But atop the Angeleno Hotel just north of Santa Monica Beach,…

President’s Message: The New Age of Freedom

Lisa Smith Molinari

By Lisa Smith Molinari NSNC President The steamy scent of freshly cut grass. The rat-a-tat of a distant parade drummer. The squeal of barefoot children. The mouthwatering sizzle of hot dogs on a charcoal grill. The fizz of nearby sparklers. The THUNK! that signals an explosion of color in the night sky. Every July 4th,…