Category: Advocacy

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…

Tulsa Writer Accepts Humanitarian Award Quoting Will Rogers

By Bob Haught NSNC Member Ginnie Graham, columnist and editorial writer for the Tulsa World, accepted the 2018 Will Rogers Humanitarian Award with a Rogers quote that expressed her main goal as a writer. Rogers said in 1931: “These people that you are asked to aid, why they are not asking for charity, they are…

Announcing National Ernie Pyle Day Celebration

Bloomington, IN —The Ernie Pyle Legacy Foundation created National Ernie Pyle Day and the United States Senate agreed to a resolution proposed by Indiana Senators Todd Young and Joe Donnelly designating August 3, 2018 as National Ernie Pyle Day.  To commemorate this day the Ernie Pyle Legacy Foundation has organized a celebration that will take…

NSNC Statement on Capital Gazette shooting

Fellow Columnists: The National Society of Newspaper Columnists wishes to express its heartfelt sympathies and condolences to all those touched by yesterday’s tragic events in Annapolis. We continue to recognize the uncommon bravery exhibited by columnists and all journalists who regularly place their names on articles, columns, and mastheads for all to see. The tragic…

Understanding Gender-inclusive Pronouns

By Curtis Honeycutt NSNC Member June is LGBT Pride Month, commemorating the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan. Since then, the U.S. cultural understanding of LGBT rights has progressed considerably, although we’ve still got a long way to go (which is akin to saying hammerhead sharks have more to learn about rules of the road before they’ll be…

Sitting Duck Award for 2018

President Trump’s win streak ends at three, as Scott Pruitt steals the Sitting Duck Award – or rather most likely will ask his staff to pick it up for him. Pruitt is the 2018 winner of the Sitting Duck Award, presented annually by the National Society of Newspaper Columnists to the news figure who is…

NSNC Column Writing Contest 2018 – Judges’ Comments

Thank you to our awesome judges! Here are there comments for our 2018 winners. General interest category over 50,000   First Place Mike Newall The best Metro columnists can write about anything and find the angle that makes the subject soar.  Philadelphia Inquirer’s Mike Newall is as good as it gets with that. Example: His…

2018 NSNC Column Writing Contest Winners

Congratulations to our Winners! I you are interested in reading the judges comments you can find those HERE. Also, Thank you to our wonderful panel of judges.   And the winners are… CATEGORY A: General Interest, Print publications over 50,000 circulation   First Place:  Mike Newall, Philadelphia Media Second Place: Rick Telander, Chicago Sun Times…

Congratulations Alex!

By Lisa Smith Molinari NSNC President During this season of flying caps and tassels, I’ve been a soupy, sentimental mess. In the last month, I’ve watched my son graduate from college and my daughter graduate from high school. My eyes are swollen and puffy, I’m tired of entertaining visiting family members, and I’ve gained ten pounds…

Isn’t It Amazing What You Do?

You, the Columnist By Dave Lieber Dallas Morning News columnist Isn’t it amazing what you do? Isn’t it amazing that you can… – Get an idea about something interesting and after you write about it, thousands of people know what’s on your mind. – Get paid for that. – Easily take high-quality photos to go…

Annual Contest Finalists – 2018

Thank you to all who entered the 2018 NSNC Columnist Contest and a special thank you to our wonderful panel of judges. Below you will find our list of finalists from all eight categories in alphabetical order by first name. Exact placements and categories will be announced at our Awards Banquet during the NSNC Conference…