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News about NSNC members

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 Thomas McNay, is president of that city’s Ursuline Academy, a girls parochial school. Don reduced his…

Poynter to Feature Horowitz in Webinar on the ‘Columnist’s Voice’

Rick Horowitz — a longtime member of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists and occasional workshop presenter at its annual conferences — will be featured in a webinar presented by the Poynter Institute’s News University. “The hour-long program, “Connecting as a Columnist: Your Voices, Your Choices,” will be aired live at 2 p.m. Eastern, Thursday,…

Joel Brinkley, 1952-2014

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. His death was announced today, Thursday. One report of his passing is from the Courier-Journal…

Dorothy Brush, 1922-2013

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 which the NSNC member missed no deadlines at the Crossville (Tenn.) Chronicle — “doing two…

’11 Lifetime Achievement Winner Roger Ebert Dies

Chicago Sun-Times

(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 were syndicated in more than 200 newspapers around the world. He won the Pulitzer Prize…

NSNC Board Member Brinkley under Fire

Tribune Media Services

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 the diets of several Southeast Asian countries. Brinkley, a Pulitzer Prize winner for international reporting,…

‘Startlegram’ Drops ‘Watchdog’ Columnist

Turkey vulture, Cathartes aura, 2007. Photo Joshin Yamada, Wikipedia

The circling turkey vultures of corporate newspaper ownership landed in Fort Worth this week. Among the downsized Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, at the Star-Telegram was its consumer “watchdog” columnist, Dave Lieber. Lieber is the 2002 recipient of the Will Rogers Humanitarian Award of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists and is secretary of the NSNC…

Penguin to Publish O’Connor Book

Published Book

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 his family budget under the microscope in a 10-week attempt to cut $1,000 — a…

NSNC President Larry Cohen Dies

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 Macon, Ga. Laurence D. Cohen joined the NSNC in 1996 and had experience in government,…

NSNC Honoree William Raspberry Dies

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 of Newspaper Columnists, presented at that year’s conference, in Kansas City, Mo. The Post article…

Walt, It’s About Time

Pennsylvania Press Club

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 annual dinner. The lifetime is the state press club’s highest award, recognizing both significant journalistic…

Update: Second Serial Plagiarist Accused

Polygraph Letter Copier Jefferson Used

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 writers, “Googled” some of own better lines and found he was paid the compliment of…

O’Connor – Scripps Howard Finalist

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 in Detroit and is currently a member of the Board of Directors. The Scripps Howard…

Nationwide Theft of Humor Columns Exposed

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, 2012 A few weeks ago, humor and travel writer Dave Fox was Googling some of…

Member gets Honorable Mention in Writing Contest

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 Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop.  Wanda’s winning entry, “Goodbye Old Flame” was about changing computer technology…

Suzette announces new CD for writers

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 a unique CD with two guided imagery exercises.” she says. Relax With Suzette is a…

Jeff Zaslow Dies in Auto Accident

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 when his car skidded on ice and snow and collided with a semi. A Philadelphia…