Category: Announcements

Press releases and other announcements from the NSNC

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. Molinari had been vice president. Ben Pollock is leaving as media director after serving several…

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 the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, meeting in Los Angeles. The award ceremony will be held…

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 Jean Feldkamp Scholarship Chair — Mike Leonard The board elections will be during the annual…

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 with the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association as of April 26, 2016. “This networking partnership…

Will Rogers Award — The Search Is On

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 affected readers’ lives and produced tangible humanitarian benefits. This year’s winner will be honored at…

2015 Will Rogers Writing Contest Winners Announced

Will Rogers Writers Foundation

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 a national competition to find the best examples of the style of writing practiced by…

Bombeck’s Story Staged in Washington

Erma Bombeck

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 season’s Women’s Voices Theater Festival and runs Oct. 9 through Nov. 8, 2015. The Arena…

Will Rogers Writing Contest

Will Rogers Writers Foundation

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 humanitarian. Authorities generally agree it would be difficult, if not impossible, to replace him. But…

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 a story from a farcical premise. The set-up, by longtime NSNC member Bill Tammeus, was…

Trump Suits Up as Columnists’ Fowl

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 subject or person, about which or whom columnists can easily grab, much as low-hanging fruit,…

2015 Slate of Officer Nominees

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: Amanda Beam This year’s Nominating Committee comprised NSNC former presidents Eric Heyl, Suzette Martinez Standring…

Hoosier Youngest to Receive Rogers Honor

NSNC's Will Rogers Humanitarian Award statuette

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 services, will be recognized for her outstanding work on behalf of children. In nominating her…

A Message from NSNC President Jerry Zezima

Map of Indiana

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 — and it will be here before we know it — I have heard from…

Do You Know a Humanitarian?

Will Rogers typing

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 event? Was there one individual columnist or other writer who performed outstanding service? That person…

Columnists Cover ‘Charlie Hebdo’ Attack

NSNC is honored to stand among these journalism organizations. Graphic courtesy of the Society of Professional Journalists.

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 this continuum — and the major media practitioner societies show this by endorsing the “Je…

Entries sought for 2014 Robert Benchley Contest

Robert Benchley, circa 1935

The Robert Benchley Society has opened its 2014 Humor Writing Award Competition, named for the early 20th century humorist. The deadline is Sept. 15, his 125th birthday, having been born in 1889. The society also announced that political comedian Mark Russell will be the finalists’ judge this year. Information on the competition can be found…

Hoosier Wins Ugly Tie for Silly Story

Gregory Moine photo via Wikipedia

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 a farcical premise. The set-up, by 2013 winner Samantha Bennett, Pittsburgh-based columnist, was as follows:…