Category: Advocacy

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…

He was down, but never out

Dave Lieber

By Dave Lieber Fort Worth Star-Telegram Columnist Secretary, National Society of Newspaper Columnists Education Foundation www.yankeecowboy.com   Listen up! If you write a newspaper column that appears three times a week, once a week or once a month, and that’s all you do related to that work, then you, my friend, are dead in the…

Indiana columnist announces new book

Jerry Davich, Columnist for the Post-Tribune Newspaper of Northwest Indiana, has a new book called “Connections: Everyone Happens for a Reason.” Davich says, “It’s a combination of compiled columns and new material.”  It is available now at http://www.connectionsbook.com/ *NOTE:  When you click on the Amazon link from our website and buy a book at Amazon, a percentage of the…

An Irresistible Point of View

Suzette Martinez Standring

By Suzette Martinez Standring Syndicated Columnist, GateHouse News Service A definite purpose, like blinders on a horse, inevitably narrows it’s possessor’s point of view. Robert Frost (1874-1963) Wanted: a strong, personal point of view, emphasis on “personal.” No other form of journalism but column writing allows the writer’s individuality to shape both a message and…

On Art Buchwald… – Mike Argento

Art Buchwald

COLUMNIST ENJOYS A CELESTIAL STOGIE By Mike Argento, NSNC President (This first appeared in the York Daily Record January 22, 2007) Jan 22, 2007 – Art Buchwald appears at the Pearly Gates and is told by St. Peter to take a seat.   “Mr. Buchwald, it’s about time you got here.” “Call me Art, please.”…

Fat Tuesday and Ash Wednesday with Art Buchwald

Art Buchwald

By Suzette Martinez Standring Renowned columnist Art Buchwald has refused dialysis, and it’s only a matter of time, maybe a short time, before he dies. For a man awaiting The Reaper,   he’s in unusually fine fettle. I spent two days by his side to find Buchwald doesn’t see himself as courageous, nor does he feel…