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Sitting Duck Award for 2016 – It’s Huuuuuuge!

The National Society of Newspaper Columnists has given its 2016 Sitting Duck Award to GOP presumptive presidential nominee Donald J. Trump. “Much like in the Republican primaries this year, the columnists’ vote for Trump was no contest,” said NSNC president Lisa Smith Molinari. “His margin was huuuuge.” The society met in Los Angeles over the weekend. The…

Cognac the Magnificent

President’s Message By Jerry Zezima President National Society of Newspaper Columnists During his 30-year reign as the king of late-night TV, “Tonight Show” host Johnny Carson assumed the role of many characters in skits performed with sidekick Ed McMahon. One of his most popular was Carnac the Magnificent, the turbaned wise guy who would divine…

NSNC Conference, Anywhere, U.S.A.

by Maggie Van Ostrand NSNC Member NSNC conferences are a whole lotta fun,  full of great information and advice, and not to be missed. But what they don’t tell you when registration time rolls around again can be the most memorable part: the leaving. I’m not talking about the Glad-I’m-Going-Home part, I’m talking about the…

The Advantage of Conference Connections

By Suzette Martinez Standring 2004-06 NSNC president Thousands (more likely, hundreds) of “friends” and “likes” on social media do impress, but personal connection still reigns.  Nothing beats conversations, shared laughs, and the give-and-take of new ideas. That chance returns with the NSNC’s annual meeting in Los Angeles on June 23-26, 2016. Back in 2000, I was…

The Flip Side of Writing for Free

By Bonnie Jean Feldkamp NSNC Member For those who’d prefer to listen to this article you can do so at this SoundCloud page HERE. Many in the industry have discussed both sides of this issue. Some refuse to write for free and ask others to do the same in hopes that they’ll enact change in a…

Longtime Member Don McNay Dies at Age 57

Don McNay of Lexington, Kentucky, and New Orleans, a longtime member and former officer of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, died Sunday, May 29, 2016. He was 57. The Lexington Herald­ Leader reported he died suddenly in New Orleans. His widow, Karen Thomas McNay, is president of that city’s Ursuline Academy, a girls parochial school. Don reduced his…

Will Rogers Humanitarian Honoree for 2016

A California columnist with a long record of community service is this year’s Will Rogers Humanitarian Award honoree. George Waters of Pasadena, whose humor column is published in four California newspapers, will receive the award at the 40th annual conference of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, meeting in Los Angeles. The award ceremony will be held…