Announcements

Press releases and other announcements from the NSNC

New Book on Writing from Don Fry

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Don Fry spoke to our National Society of Newspaper Columnists last  June. You may remember his striking common sense and optimism about  writing. He has just published a book entitled “Writing Your Way,  Creating Your own Writing Process that Works…

Veteran Arkansas Columnist Honored for Humanitarian Work

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An Arkansas journalist who has fought against injustice and strove to produce positive change over four decades is the 2012 winner of the Will Rogers Humanitarian Award. Mike Masterson, staff columnist and opinion editor for the Northwest edition of the…

Robert Benchley Society Humor Writing Competition

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The Robert Benchley Society has opened its 2012 Humor Writing Competition. Entries to the contest should be “Benchleyesque (in the sense of reflecting the Benchley style and humor).” Comedian Arte Johnson will serve as celebrity judge and present awards at the Ninth Robert…

Member gets Honorable Mention in Writing Contest

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Wanda Argersinger Wanda Argersinger, NSNC member from Gulf Breeze, Florida, was selected as an Honorable Mention in the Humor – Global category of the 2012 Erma Bombeck writing competition. The contest is sponsored by Washington-Centerville Library in Ohio and the…

Patriotic Duty: Macon in May

"Let's incentivize the columnists with a conference discount," Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner tells the president during a flight to Macon, Ga. (Neither will be there May 4-6).

“Let’s incentivize the columnists by extending the conference discount,” Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner tells the president during a flight to Macon, Ga. (Neither will be there May 4-6). Humor by Ben Pollock See? Everyone agrees. It’s your duty to attend…

Candidates for Board of Directors

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NSNC today announced the slate of candidates recommended by the nominating committee for 2012-2014 offices. President Ben Pollock made the announcedment in an email to the Board. The candidate for WebEditor later changed when Tracy Beckerman decided not to run…

Dedra Grizzard at 2012 Macon Conference

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“It’s official. Dedra Grizzard, widow of the late Lewis Grizzard, the South’s most famous newspaper columnist, is on the program.” announced Ed Grismore, Conference Chair of the 2012 Conference in Macon, Georgia, May 3-5. Ed tells us Mrs. Grizzard is…

Jeff Zaslow Columnist Scholarship Announced

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Jeff Zaslow, photo courtesy of Indiana University Columnists, indeed journalists and all of America, lost a strong voice with the death on Feb. 10 of Jeffrey Zaslow, best-selling author and “Moving On” columnist of The Wall Street Journal. The National…

NSNC Board Meets

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The NSNC Board of Directors met online the evening of February 13 to discuss the business of the Society. Luenna Kim, NSNC Director, reported that membership renewals are coming in and she expects an increase later as people send in writing contest…

No Taking Ulysses for Granted

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  Ben S. Pollock President National Society of Newspaper Columnists Spring — OK, this is winter but I’m an optimist — is busy-time for the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. • We’re halfway through gathering entries for the annual Column…

A Column’s Purpose: Fetch a Contest Win

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By Mike “Doop” Deupree NSNC Contest Chair If you are particularly proud of that cleverly phrased “to do” list you put on the refrigerator, can you enter it in the annual writing contest of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists?…

Freedom of the Seas: NSNC Opposes Online Piracy Bills

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January 18 – Internet Blackout Day – Web users protest SOPA & PIPA – Cite censorship and online freedom of expression concerns Some websites are blacked out to protest proposed legislation For the day today, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012, a…

Will Rogers Award – Deadline March 1st

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Nominations are now being accepted for the Will Rogers Humanitarian Award, presented annually by the National Society of Newspaper Columnists to recognize outstanding service in civic journalism. Deadline is March 1, 2012. The award was established in 1999 to honor…

Tomlinson on Conference Agenda

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Breaking News – Tommy Tomlinson added to conference agenda A new name has been added to the list of guest speakers at the Macon Conference. Tommy Tomlinson, popular columnist of The Charlotte Observer, has accepted an invitation to lead one…

Gail Collins Named Lifetime Achievement Winner

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Columnist Gail Collins of The New York Times is the winner of the 2012 Ernie Pyle Lifetime Achievement Award. She will receive the prestigious award sponsored by the National Society of Newspaper Columnists at the organization’s annual conference, Macon, Ga.,…

Column Contest Deadline – March 1st

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Click image for the NSNC Column Contest Form The only sanctioned competition just for columnists enters the new year. The fee is reasonable, and the honor of winning has been a boon to several decades of writers. The National Society…

Jeff Zaslow College Columnist Award – Enter by March 1

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The National Society of Newspaper Columnists Education Foundation is seeking entries for its 14th annual Jeff Zaslow College Columnist Award . The NSNCEF will award scholarships to three outstanding student newspaper columnists who write for U.S. college or university undergraduate…