Category: Members’ News

News about NSNC members

Mobster’s daughter inteviews on KNPR

Luellen Smiley, NSNC member, is the daughter of reputed mobster, Allen Smiley, who was a close friend and confidant of famous Las Vegas mobster Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel and was just feet away from Siegel the night he was murdered. She has been a columnist since 2004 when she began writing a weekly column in San Diego called “Smiley’s Dice.”…

Brasch receives Press Awards

Contest Entries Pile Up

In the annual Pennsylvania Press Club competition, Walter M. Brasch took 1st place in features; 2nd in environmental writing; and 2nd for his syndicated newspaper column, Wanderings. In addition, Brasch and his wife, Rosemary, took 2nd place in specialty articles/labor and business. Brasch recently retired as professor of mass communications/journalism at Bloomsburg University, but is…

New Column for Suzette Standring

Suzette Martinez Standring is now writing a humor column for The Milton Patch, “The Funny Side of the Street.” The Milton Patch is part of AOL’s national network of on-line local newspapers.  She continues to write her syndicated religion column for GateHouse News Service. Suzette also landed an agent, Rita Rosenkranz of the Rita Rosenkranz…

NSNC Members receive Awards

Congratulations to NSNC members Mary Curtis, Philip Martin, Mike Argento and Roger Ebert for being named winners in The Society for Features Journalism 23rd Annual Excellence-in-Features Writing Competition. Contest categories included general features, short features, features specialty reporting, general commentary, arts and entertainment coverage, blogging, reader engagement and multimedia storytelling. First place winners in each…

Nat’l Award for Terek

NSNC member, Donna Terek, multi-media columnist for The Detroit News, received a national journalism award for her online column, “Donna’s Detroit.”  The Society of Professional Journalists announced Terek as one of  the recipients of the 2010 Sigma Delta Chi Awards for excellence in journalism. SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well- informed citizenry; works…

Connecticut Columnist Receives Awards

Contest Entries Pile Up

NSNC member Judith Marks-White of Westport, Conn., reports that she has received two awards in the 2011 Connecticut Press Club Communicatins Contest for her column, “The Light Touch”, which has appeared weekly in the Westport News for the past 26 years. She was awarded first plce for humorous columns “I am a Creamsicle” and “Resting…

New Blogs to Check Out

A number of people have let us know about new blogs that we are invited to visit. Charles Davis, University of Missouri Associate Professor, has a site featuring news and tips on Freedom of Information, something all journalists are interested in. NSNC member Susan Young has a new blog offering advice on elder issues, and…

LSU Hall of Fame Inducts Smiley

The Louisiana State University Manship School of Mass Communication announced that it will induct three new members into its Hall of Fame. This year’s honorees include long-time NSNC member, Smiley Anders. Smiley has worked for The Advocate, a newspaper in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, since 1973 and has written a column six days per week since…

Mary C. Curtis Receives Kiplinger Fellowship

Mary C. Curtis, columnist for AOL’s PoliticsDaily.com and member of the NSNC Board of Directors has been chosen for a 2011 Kiplinger Fellowship in Public Affairs Journalism at the Ohio State University. The Kiplinger Foundation awards short-term fellowships designed to help writers make better use of new online tools and channels. Winners will go to…

Tammeus Teaching at Summer Seminar

Dear friends: Although there’s still snow on the ground here in Kansas City, I’m thinking of summer weather, specifically the week of July 4-10 in the red rock hills of northern New Mexico, where I’ll be teaching a weeklong Ghost Ranch writing seminar called “Restless Hearts: Writing Our Way Toward Home.” Home is not necessarily…

FREE Conference – Learn to Sell More Books

NSNC members have a special invitation from Dave Lieber to attend a FREE telephone conference that he is hosting for British authors who want to “sell more books at the back of the room”. Dave Lieber is a long-time NSNC member, Secretary of the NSNC Education Foundation, and watchdog columnist for the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram.…

NJ Member Seeks Newsletter Subscribers

In his other life as a journalist, Greg Rummo writes a Sunday column for several newspapers in New Jersey including The Suburban Trends, a newspaper published in his hometown of Butler, NJ by North Jersey Media Group (www.northjersey.com ). Rummo invites you to visit his website; www.gregrummo.com for a sampling of recently published columns and feature articles. He sends out an “html”…

Member Becomes an Editor

NSNC member Mark Berryman announced to the Southern Humorists Yahoo discussion group that he will soon have a new gig. “In a week or two I will be changing jobs. I will leave the Franklin County Citizen (GA) where I work as a sports and news reporter and join the Elberton Star as editor. It…

Canadian Member Offers Podcasts

Dan St. Yves, NSNC member, humor columnist, and former member of the NSNC Board, posted his latest news on the NSNC Discussion List. Dan says: “I just loaded my lastest audio interview, with award-winning humorist Will Ferguson, who’s best-selling books are available in over 30 countries! Will talks about his career, the craft of writing, and what…

Santa Fe Columnist Writes Movie Script

Luellen Smiley, NSNC member in Santa Fe, New Mexico, writes that her columns have turned into a dream: “During the last two years I have converted my Growing up with Gangster columns into a feature length script that is in the Hollywood pipeline. I continue to write Smiley’s Dice as a monthly blog, while seeking…

Zezima Loses by a Hair

NSNC member and humor columnist Jerry Zezima reports that he recently finished second in the Robert Goulet Memorial Mustached American of the Year Contest. “But the mustache contest was special because I not only was up against some stiff-upper-lipped competition, but because I lost by — you guessed it — a whisker,”  quipped Zezima. The…

Member in High School Athletics Debate

As published in Greensboro News and Record – December 19, 2010     By Dr. Michael K. Jones at ASKDRJ@AOL.COM Counter Point: Beefed-Up GPA of High School Athletics Forget Social Values Gained Having just completed a book after 4 ½ years of study called, “1000 and 500 Wins,”  focusing on the social values of high school football and…