Category: Advocacy

We’re In Big Trouble

By Dave Lieber Dallas Morning News columnist Now for the first time, I really feel it. I can touch it. It’s happening all around.   The death of a competent, successful free press. The spiral downward for newspapers and TV news.…

Find Your Literary Agent at NSNC 2017

Have you written a book? We have agents eager to hear your pitches. Here’s how it works First, find out how pitches and the types of books compel professional representation from the NSNC’s first-ever Literary Agents/Publishers’ Panel on Saturday, June…

Tribes and Tribulations

by Bonnie Jean Feldkamp Director of Media We’re talking to columnists about what it means to be an opinion writer in today’s market. This is the second article in the series. Adversity inspires solidarity. When things go wrong we turn…

Feisty, Fresh and Fascinating: NYT’s Maureen Dowd to Receive NSNC’s Highest Honor

By Lisa Smith Molinari President National Society of Newspaper Columnists She’s been called “an antagonist of the White House,” “an equal opportunity faultfinder,” and “a striking redhead with a deceptively kittenish demeanor,” among other things. But no matter what you…

Have Questions? Ask Alex.

Do you ever wish you had a mentor to give you advice about the business? Sure, we have the Columnist Clubhouse as a place where anyone can go to gather, share and offer support. Of course, you can always post…

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…

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…

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…

Membership Chair

Ned Hickson will be NSNC’s membership chair as an interim, through June 2017, following the resignation of Amanda Beam. Beam cited professional obligations. The board approved Ned in an email vote in April. Ned is an editor and humor columnist…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

NSNC Nominees for 2016

The 2016 Nominating Committee of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists presents the following slate of nominees to two-year positions being left vacant June 30. President — Lisa Smith Molinari Vice President  — Mike Morin Director of Media — Bonnie…

Columnists, LGBT Media Pros Announce Partnership

National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association

By Lisa Smith Molinari Vice President National Society of Newspaper Columnists Recognizing the importance of diversity in American journalism — and that columnists come in all shapes, sizes, colors, genders and orientations — the National Society of Newspaper Columnists is proudly partnering…