Category: Advocacy

Shaberman has book published

Freelance writer Ben Shaberman of Baltimore has had a book published.  “The Vegan Monologues” is a collection of “humorous, intelligent and insightful essays on vegan life.”   The book explores the lighter side of the meat-free lifestyle.  Shaberman’s reflections will put a smile on the faces of vegans and omnivores alike.    Shaberman’s essays have appeared…

Casto Book on Ohio River Flood Is Released

 NSNC Education Foundation President Jim Casto has a new book out.  “The Great Ohio River Flood of 1937” is his 10th book and his fifth straight “Images of America” book for Arcadia Publishing.  The retired Huntington (WV) Herald-Dispatch associate editor is prolific to say the least. A review in the newspaper by Dave Lavender told…

Astor and Daughter Both Win Awards

Dave Astor, former Editor&Publisher senior editor who kicks off the 33rd annual NSNC conference with a panel discussion of “A New Generation of Columnists”, shared a second-place award in the annual New Jersey Press Association contest.  His weekly “Montclairvoyant” column helped The Montclair Times get that award in the best editorial section category.   Astor’s…

Welcome Bloggers

Dave Lieber

Dave Lieber By Dave Lieber Fort Worth Star-Telegram NSNCEF Secretary            Hey, bloggers. Welcome to the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, where, finally, you are invited to join and also enter our annual contest.     After a long battle – I started my fight to let you in more than a decade ago…

Celebrities Skewered in New York Post Columnist’s Book

Celebrities Skewered in New York Post Columnist’s Book  Celebutard: a compound of celebrity, debutante, and retard New York Post columnist (and NSNC member) Andrea Peyser targets celebrities in a new book from Kensington publishers titled “Celebutards: The Hollywood Hacks, Limousine Liberals and Pandering Politicians Who Are Destroying America.” “The book takes a fun look at…

Standring Picks Up Book Award in New York

Suzette Martinez Standring

Suzette Standring’s widely read book on column writing won an honorable mention in ForeWord Magazine’s 2008 Book of the Year Awards. The Milton, Mass., columnist went to New York for the announcement of winners at BookExpo America on May 29. “The Art of Column Writing: Insider Secrets from Art Buchwald, Dave Barry, Arianna Huffington, Pete…

Brasch Honored by SPJ and Pennsylvania Press Club

Contest Entries Pile Up

  Dr. Walter Brasch, professor of journalism at Bloomsburg University, was honored by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and the Pennsylvania Press Club (PPC) for his writings during 2008   His weekly column, “Wanderings”, was named the best commentary in the SPJ Spotlight Awards competition and was second in PPC competition.  His 2,500-word feature,…

HD Is Here: Haught’s New Venture

Keyboard

Are you ready for HD?  No, not high-def.  That’s old hat. It’s “Haughtline Dweethly”, an online magazine updated daily, weekly, monthly – or more often if the editor takes a notion. NSNC Newsletter Editor Robert L. Haught, with an assist from his wife, Mary, launched the new Internet publication March 1.  The magazine’s content is…

New Book Coming from Gwen Petersen

Montana ranchwoman-columnist Gwen Petersen has a new book coming out next fall: “Everything I Know About Life I Learned From My Horse,” published by Voyageur Press.   “No deep meaning here,” Gwen says.”Just a collection of horse stories of humorous and nostalgic bent.” The author, who lives near Big Timber, Mont., writes a regular column for…

Humorous Horror Novel Released By E. Mitchell

E. Mitchell’s humor novel, “The Amazing, Incredible, Shrinking, Colossal,  Bikini-Crazed CREATURE FROM THE PUBLIC DOMAIN” has just been released by Outskirts Press.  The publisher says: “The formula is simple: Take one mad genius, add a luscious lady in a lab coat, mix in a sex-starved scientist stirring up trouble with mutant movie monsters and you’ve…

Florida Blogger Is Finalist in Readers’ Poll

MC Coolidge had just won a Florida Press Association award for column writing when less than a week later she learned that she was a finalist in the blogging category of Sarasota Magazine’s “The Best of 2009  Readers’ Poll.”   Her reaction: “kind of stunned and more than a little honored.”   “As an independent…

Suddenly Senior Overwhelmed

Frank Kaiser is delighted but overwhelmed at the response to his offer to print selected columns on his “Suddenly Senior” Web site.    The longtime NSNC member from Florida said he received about 30 columns following a notice in the March newsletter inviting the submission of columns that would appeal to his readers.  The nationally…

G.I. Joe

The Story of the G.I. Joe Action Figure By Tom Henderson, Columnist You might have noticed a minor journalistic controversy a few years back after the great columnist Ernie Pyle was turned into a G.I. Joe doll (excuse me, action figure).   Purists were peeved. Ernie was rolling about his grave, they said. A humble man…

Mardi’s close call

Mardi & Mike

HeraldTimesOnline.com Commentary Frightening scene provides practical and personal revelations By Mike Leonard  mleonard@heraldt.com June 26, 2008 I see all kinds of things when I look into Mardi¹s hazel eyes: shades of blue or green, depending on the day. Silent communication signaling consternation, concern, laughter or love. I’ve seen panic in my wife’s eyes a few…

Ambrose Bierce, old-time columnist

Dave Lieber, in a  column on this site, suggested that we should all learn more about Ambrose Bierce. To that end, here’s my column in InterCounty Newspapers, Pennsylvania, from April 16, 2003. Of All Things By James Smart The National Society of Newspaper Columnists annually designates April 18 National Newspaper Columnists Day. That brings to…

Story of the Logo

Seeking the Story Behind the NSNC Logo By Sheila Moss, NSNC Web Editor With contribution by Jonathan Nicholas, NSNC President, ’96-’97 Have you ever wondered about the NSNC logo? What is it anyhow and where did it come from? A few people have voiced strongly negative feelings about “the head,” while others find it curiously…

Florida Columnist Lauded By Library Group

They love Mark Lane in Florida.  The longtime columnist for the Daytona Beach News-Journal drew highly favorable comments about his book, “Sandspurs.”  One critic called him “the best thing to come out of Daytona since Bike Week.”  Another noted that “he makes us laugh at our own misadventures.”   Lane was a featured speaker at…