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Joel Brinkley, 1952-2014

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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Joel Brinkley — a member of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists and serving on its board as scholarship chair — died Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at a Washington hospital. He was suffering from previously undiagnosed leukemia.…

Dorothy Brush, 1922-2013

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Dorothy Brush, the small-town chronicler named NSNC’s 2004 Columnist of the Year, died this past summer, member Robert Haught has learned. She was 91. The National Society of Newspaper Columnists had honored Dorothy for her courageous battle against cancer, during…

’11 Lifetime Achievement Winner Roger Ebert Dies

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(Four paragraphs have been added at the end of this article.) Chicago Sun-Times movie critic Roger Ebert died Thursday, April 4, 2013, his newspaper reported. Ebert had been the film critic of the Chicago Sun-Times since 1967, and his reviews…

NSNC Board Member Brinkley under Fire

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By Ben S. Pollock Director of Online Media, 2010-12 president National Society of Newspaper Columnists Joel Brinkley, 2012-14 education chair of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, has come under fire for his column dated Feb. 1, 2013, that compared…

Penguin to Publish O’Connor Book

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PRESS RELEASE — Syndicated personal finance columnist Brian O’Connor has landed a deal to publish a guide to budgeting in bad times based on his award-winning series of “Grand Experiment” columns in The Detroit News. The series involved O’Connor putting…

NSNC President Larry Cohen Dies

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Larry Cohen, NSNC 2012-14 president, died Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, of a heart attack in Florida. He was 64. He had been elected May 6 by unanimous vote at the annual conference of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, in…

NSNC Honoree William Raspberry Dies

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The Washington Post has reported today (Tuesday, July 17, 2012) that its longtime columnist William Raspberry died today of prostate cancer. He was 76. Raspberry was the 1995 recipient of the Ernie Pyle Lifetime Achievement Award of the National Society…

Walt, It’s About Time

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Longtime NSNC member Walt Brasch has received the Lifetime Communicator of Achievement award from the Pennsylvania Press Club, reported a newspaper that runs his column. The News Eagle said Walt received the honor June 3 in Gettysburg at the club’s…

Update: Second Serial Plagiarist Accused

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By Ben Pollock President National Society of Newspaper Columnists Updates on the topic follow the article, including: “Suspected Plagiarist Resigns” George Waters Longtime NSNC member George Waters, having read recently about a newspaperman stealing columns from a number of humor…

O’Connor – Scripps Howard Finalist

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Brian J. O’Connor, The Detroit News, was named a finalist in commentary in the Scripps Howard National Journalism Awards, honors the best work in the communications industry and journalism education. O’Connor was Chair of the NSNC Annual Conference last year…

Nationwide Theft of Humor Columns Exposed

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Former North Dakota Newspaper Association President and Newspaper Owner Jon Flatland Exposed in Wide-ranging Theft of Humor Columns from Across the Country An alert to NSNC members. Updates to the Memminger report follow his article. By Charles Memminger March 8,…

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…

Suzette announces new CD for writers

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Suzette Martinez Standring, past president of NSNC, recently announced the release of a new CD for writers. “For a long time, I’ve used guided imagery exercises in my writing workshops because relaxation unlocks the imagination.  Due to demand, I’ve produced…

Jeff Zaslow Dies in Auto Accident

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By Sheila Moss, NSNC WebEditor It is with great sadness that we report the death of beloved journalist, NSNC colleague and friend, Jeff Zaslow, 53, Wall Street Journal.  Jeff died tragically on Friday morning, February 10th, in a traffic accident…

New Member: America’s Oldest Columnist

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The newest member of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists is a peppy Vermont woman believed to be America’s oldest columnist. Harriette B. Leidich of North Bennington, VT is approaching her 100th birthday but still turning out columns for her…

Tracy Beckerman appearing in Ohio

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Tracy Beckerman, NSNC Social Media Chair and syndicated humor columnist will be speaking at Centerville Library in Centerville, Ohio, on Wednesday, April 18, 2012, at 7 PM. The event is free and the public is invited to attend. Tracy has…