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Sheila Moss, NSNC WebEditor

Sitting Duck for 2012 — U.S. Economy

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The 2012 Winner of the Infamous Sitting Duck Award is The American Economy. Why? The American economy – Nobody likes it, and you can find statistics to back up anything you want to say about it. The National Society of…

Highlights of Conference – Day 2

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The second day of the NSNC conference opened with breakfast in the beautiful Magnolia Room of the Macon Marriott where columnists heard from humorist speaker, author, and columnist Lauretta Hannon, the Cracker Queen, who told about her childhood and how…

Fare Thee Well Address

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By Ben S. Pollock President, National Society of Newspaper Columnists   Dear Larry, [NSNC Vice President Laurence D. Cohen is on the slate of nominees for the May 6 election, for 2012-14 president.] This, the columnists presidency, has been a…

Columnists select Dave Barry for Lifetime Achievement Award

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Dave Barry. Photo by daniel portnoy www.danielportnoy.com MACON, Ga. — Pulitzer Prize-winning humor columnist Dave Barry will be honored with the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. The announcement was made Thursday night, May 3,…

Macon Conference Opens

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President Ben Pollock welcomed NSNC conferees, guests, speakers, honorees, newcomers and returnees to the 36th annual NSNC conference. President Pollock said, “…this is our first visit to the Deep South. As a third-and-fourth generation Arkansan, I proudly say, ‘It’s high…

NSNC Board Meets

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The Board of Directors of NSNC met May 3, 2012 in Macon, Georgia, prior to the annual conference. Ed Grisamore said he is happy to have us in Macon and expects to have 50-60 people at each conference event.  St.…

Meet Will Rogers’ Great-Grandson

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A late – but most welcome – addition to the Macon 2012 program is Josh Rogers Leuty, a great-grandson of Will Rogers.   Leuty, 44, was raised on a dairy farm near Bakersfield, CA by parents Eric and Bette Rogers…

If you feel it, you can convey it.

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By Suzette Martinez Standring NSNC Past President At writing conferences, creativity often gets short shrift in favor of growing one’s business. Supersize followers on Facebook and Twitter!  Get readers a-gogging with vlogging and blogging! Strengthen your footing on the technology…

Jesse Rifkin, Scholarship Winner: The grim future of a local bookshop

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By Jesse Rifkin Student Columnist University of Connecticut – Jean Norman gazes around Paperback Trader, the small bookstore she had owned since 1980. Her eyes pause at the rows of comic books. “A young man named Jay used to stop…

Embed, Blog, and Beyond

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By Suzette Martinez Standring NSNC Past President   Vlogging, blogging, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter – it’s all under the umbrella of social media and I’m dog paddling in the deluge. Recently, I attended the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop in Dayton, both…

New Member has New Book

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New NSNC member, Cathy Turney, announces her recently published book, “Tales of a Codependent Pet Owner.” Cathy is a San Francisco Bay Area author who has had humor stories published in the San Francisco Chronicle, Bay Woof Magazine and the Contra Costa…

You had questions? EBWW 2012 had answers!

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A humor writer reports back from the recent Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop. By Jody Worsham If you went to EBWW 2012 looking for answers, you weren’t disappointed.  Whatever question you had, it was answered.  And if you didn’t like the answer…

Register Now for the May in Macon Conference

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By Ed Grisamore, NSNC Conference Chair REGISTER NOW: Registration is open for the 36th annual Conference of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists in Macon, Ga., May 3-6, 2012. “Macon Whoopee” is the theme for this year’s conference, our first…

Columnists’ Academy: Facts vs. Truth

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Columnists’ Academy By Mike Deupree NSNC Board Member   Few things concern me as much as the position that news reporters should report “truth” and not just “facts.” In a philosophy class, there are any number of ways to define…

Lauretta Hannon, The Cracker Queen, May 5th, NSNC Conference

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– APPEARING SATURDAY, MAY 5th – NSNC Conference– Macon, Georgia – Thanks to Lauretta Hannon, the Cracker Queens are finally having their say. From her wildly popular NPR segments to her boisterous one-woman show, Lauretta is showing the world a…