Category: Advocacy

Ask Alex: Is Self Publishing Selling Out?

Dear Alex: So the time-honored question on the lips of a roundtable of writers extraordinaire has again raised its head – does self-publication still carry the vanity cloud? Can a “real” writer self-publish with head held high or should one hold out for traditional publication? I see the lists of books put out by many…

The 2019 Annual NSNC Column Writing Contest Is Open!

Are you excited? Read the rules , gather your best columns, and enter! Dallas Morning News’ Watchdog Dave Lieber returns to emcee the 2019 awards event. It is the “Oscars of column writing” and the grand finale of the NSNC’s annual conference happening this year in Buffalo, New York, June 20-23, 2019 . See this…

A Front-Row Seat to “The Oscars of Column Writing”

you, the columnist By Dave Lieber Dallas Morning News columnist A good awards banquet is not only about award winners but also about the spirit of the organization. Our 2018 awards banquet captured the strong playful spirit of our group along with many surprises. From a potential presidential candidate in the audience (Ohio Sen. Sherrod…

“Did you know your video is sideways?”

you, the columnist By Dave Lieber Dallas Morning News columnist A media expert I know suggested to me that columnists such as you and I ought to go on Facebook Live and read our work aloud. How boring. But that night, I went home, turned on blue lights in my backyard, and launched the “Sunday…

Learning in OKC That a Columnist Group Was Much More Than OK

By Joy Steele NSNC Member I believe the most profound gift I’ve received as a writer—other than a John Steinbeck Paddywax candle—is the gift of time and undivided attention by my mentor in the NSNC. In the Spring of 2007, I traveled to Oklahoma City to attend the Will Rogers Writers Workshop. Sponsored by the…

My Exceptionally Warm Welcome From the NSNC

Donate Now By Chandra Bozelko NSNC Vice President I found NSNC’s website when I was searching for information about syndication, back in early 2016. I noticed they had a contest going on and I was interested to see how I would do. I joined and entered without expectation. Then I received an email from Cathy…

‘The Day I Became a Columnist Was One of the Happiest of My Life’: a Q&A With 2019 Pyle Recipient Kathleen Parker

By Dave Astor NSNC Archivist Our 2019 Ernie Pyle Lifetime Achievement Award winner is…Kathleen Parker! She’ll receive the National Society of Newspaper Columnists’ highest honor at the June 20-23 NSNC conference in Buffalo, New York. Ms. Parker is a widely syndicated columnist who previously won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for commentary, among other awards. She’s…

Are You a Jerk?

By Chris Carosa NSNC President I admit it. I’m not enough of a jerk. I’m guessing that explains why I’m not as successful as I could be. Do you feel the same way about yourself and your own career? Here’s what I mean: At a recent journalism conference, I listened to a very dynamic speaker.…

NSNC Criticizes Attacks on the News Media

In the run-up to tomorrow’s election, President Trump has made several attacks on news media and journalism, calling us an enemy of the people and purveyors of falsehoods. The National Society of Newspaper Columnists condemns these statements on journalism as both inaccurate and harmful.  Since 1977, the NSNC has been comprised of writers who are…

Compelled and Propelled by the NSNC

By Curtis Honeycutt NSNC Member Earlier this year I was looking for some column advice when I stumbled into Suzette’s path. I didn’t realize she literally wrote the book on it. Not only that, I wasn’t aware of the existence of the NSNC. Suzette encouraged me to join the Columnist Clubhouse group on Facebook and…

My Top 10 Columnist Books. Have You Read Them?

You, the Columnist By Dave Lieber Dallas Morning News columnist My kid brother visited recently and gasped when he saw my home office library. Hundreds of journalism books. Biographies of newspaper legends. Many columnist collections. “Get rid of them,” he said. “Why?” “Cause when you die it’s a pain to handle this. I had to…

Astounding Numbers

By James A. Haught NSNC Member I’ve been a newspaperman for 67 years.  I began in 1951 as a teenage hot-lead printer trainee at West Virginia’s Charleston Daily Mail.  I developed a yen to be a news reporter, so I volunteered to work without pay in the Daily Mail newsroom on my days off from…

In Support of Cincinnati

The NSNC visited Cincinnati, Ohio for the 2018 annual conference. We had the honor of getting to know some of the columnists of the Cincinnati Enquirer. They joined us as colleagues and together we celebrated the accomplishments of award-winning columnists as well as discussed some of the challenges we face in today’s industry. Unfortunately yesterday…

Time for Social Media?

At the NSNC conference in Cincinnati, I taught the “Facebook for Writers” session. At the end of it, someone asked, “How much time do you spend on social media?” I had to think about that for a minute. I spend a lot of time on social media but only because it’s a big part of…

Mike Leonard, NSNC 2018 Legacy Award Recipient

By Suzette Standring NSNC Executive Director No one does it better than Mike Leonard, the longest-serving member of the NSNC. For selfless leadership over the past 33 years, he receives the 2018 NSNC Legacy Award. And he started just like you. In 1985, Mike wrote his first general-interest column with the daily Herald-Times in Bloomington,…

Nick Clooney: Things I Thought I Knew, and Other Reflections

On June 9, 2018, as people applauded Nick Clooney’s wonderful speech, NSNC member Rick Horowitz sprang into action. Rick asked me, “Any way we can ask Nick for his speech notes?” It hadn’t occurred to me that Nick Clooney had his entire speech written down on the yellow notepad in front of him. Bullet points, sure. But…