Category: Announcements

Press releases and other announcements from the NSNC

NSNC Nominees for 2016

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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

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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…

Will Rogers Award — The Search Is On

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2016 Will Rogers Humanitarian Award It’s a new year and time once again to search for someone deserving of the Will Rogers Humanitarian Award. This is the 16th year of this honor, which recognizes a writer whose work has positively…

2015 Will Rogers Writing Contest Winners Announced

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Eileen Mitchell has added another award to her collection. The writer-author-blogger from Palatine, Illinois, a Chicago suburb, is the first-place winner in the 2015 Will Rogers Writing Contest. Her essay, “Roped in by Technology,” was judged the top entry in…

Bombeck’s Story Staged in Washington

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Columnists and bloggers living or visiting in the District of Columbia area might be interested in knowing the biographical play Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End will be running this fall at Washington’s Arena Stage. The drama is part of the…

Will Rogers Writing Contest

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When Will Rogers died 80 years ago this month, the world lost a phenomenal figure. The “Cowboy Philosopher” from Oklahoma was an expert trick roper, star of stage, screen and radio, book author, newspaper columnist, aviation enthusiast, goodwill ambassador and…

Loopy Lede Lassos Mystic Tie

New Jersey-based writer Dave Astor displays the Jeff Kramer Mystic Tie Award he won June 27, 2015, in Indianapolis at the 39th annual conferenced of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. Photo by Cathy Turney.

Jeff Kramer Mystic Tie Award 2014 INDIANAPOLIS, June 27, 2015 — Dave Astor, a New Jersey-based writer, employed a bit of magic realism to take home the 2015 Jeff Kramer Mystic Tie Award for his creation of the top of…

Trump Suits Up as Columnists’ Fowl

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Sitting Duck 2015 INDIANAPOLIS, June 27, 2015 — In the first-in-the-nation Indiana straw-man caucus, Donald Trump swept all other candidates for the Sitting Duck Award of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. The award is given each year to a…

2015 Slate of Officer Nominees

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The 2015 Nominating Committee of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists presents the following slate of nominees to two-year positions being left vacant June 30. Secretary: Telly Halkias Treasurer: Kathy Eliscu Archivist: Dave Astor Contest chair: Michele Wojciechowski Membership chair:…

Hoosier Youngest to Receive Rogers Honor

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Will Rogers Humanitarian Award An award-winning writer from The Indianapolis Star has been chosen to receive the 2015 Will Rogers Humanitarian Award at the annual conference of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. Marisa Kwiatkowski, an investigative reporter covering social…

A Message from NSNC President Jerry Zezima

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NSNC 2015 — Indianapolis The National Society of Newspaper Columnists will hold its 2015 conference June 25-28 in Indianapolis. Here is a statement to the membership from NSNC President Jerry Zezima. Dear NSNC members: As our conference in Indianapolis approaches…

Do You Know a Humanitarian?

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Will Rogers Humanitarian Award Has your community suffered a natural disaster within the past year — flood, fire, tornado or earthquake? If so, did local news media get involved in coming to the aid of victims, during and after the…

Columnists Cover ‘Charlie Hebdo’ Attack

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Journalists, American ones at least, keep a rope line between reportage and commentary, and by extension between photojournalism and illustration. U.S. discussions on news concentrate on the presentation of factual material. If we accept, though, that journalism is inclusive in…

Hoosier Wins Ugly Tie for Silly Story

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Jeff Kramer Mystic Tie Award 2014 WASHINGTON, D.C. — Amanda Beam, columnist at the News and Tribune, Jeffersonville, Indiana, is the winner of the 2014 Jeff Kramer Mystic Tie Award for her creation of the top of a story from…

2014 Slate of Candidates

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A nominating committee — Mike Leonard and Ben Pollock with Bill Tammeus chairing — has confirmed the following candidates for two-year terms to the board of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. President — Jerry Zezima. Jerry, currently vice president,…