Category: Advocacy

Membership Chair

Dorothy Rosby is a syndicated humor columnist whose work appears in 32 publications in ten Western and Midwestern states. She is the author of two humor collections, I Used to Think I Was Not That Bad and Then I Got to Know Me Better and I Didn’t Know You Could Make Birthday Cake From Scratch,…

Will Rogers Ranch Hosted Special Event for L.A. Conference

The buzz is on for next year’s conference. It started right after this year’s star-studded Hollywood extravaganza in Los Angeles. Jennifer Rogers-Etcheverry was among a swarm of conference attendees responding enthusiastically to the announcement that the 2017 meeting will be held at Manchester, New Hampshire next June 8-11. “I am soooo excited!” she said. “I…

NSNC Board Election for 2016

The 2016 National Society of Newspaper Columnists presents the following new board to two-year positions: President — Lisa Smith Molinari Vice President — Mike Morin Director of Media — Bonnie Jean Feldkamp Scholarship Chair — Mike Leonard Leonard was re-election. Molinari had been vice president. Ben Pollock is leaving as media director after serving several…

NSNC Conference, Anywhere, U.S.A.

by Maggie Van Ostrand NSNC Member NSNC conferences are a whole lotta fun,  full of great information and advice, and not to be missed. But what they don’t tell you when registration time rolls around again can be the most memorable part: the leaving. I’m not talking about the Glad-I’m-Going-Home part, I’m talking about the…

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…

Will Rogers Humanitarian Honoree for 2016

A California columnist with a long record of community service is this year’s Will Rogers Humanitarian Award honoree. George Waters of Pasadena, whose humor column is published in four California newspapers, will receive the award at the 40th annual conference of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, meeting in Los Angeles. The award ceremony will be held…

NSNC Nominees for 2016

The 2016 Nominating Committee of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists presents the following slate of nominees to two-year positions being left vacant June 30. President — Lisa Smith Molinari Vice President  — Mike Morin Director of Media — Bonnie Jean Feldkamp Scholarship Chair — Mike Leonard The board elections will be during the annual…

Plagiarism Fiasco at the New York Daily News – An Analysis

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Guest Column By Joseph E. Rathjen Member, National Society of Newspaper Columnists Attribute … Attribute … Attribute. Authors hear that word constantly from responsible editors who have only their publication’s and their writers’ best (legal) interests at heart. Plagiarism is an accusation that echoes through a newspaper’s editorial halls like a sonic boom and one…

Columnists, LGBT Media Pros Announce Partnership

National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association

By Lisa Smith Molinari Vice President National Society of Newspaper Columnists Recognizing the importance of diversity in American journalism — and that columnists come in all shapes, sizes, colors, genders and orientations — the National Society of Newspaper Columnists is proudly partnering with the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association as of April 26, 2016. “This networking partnership…

Zezima Delivers Third Book

Book jacket of Jerry Zezima's 2016 book Grandfather Knows Best

President Jerry Zezima in January published his third book Grandfather Knows Best: A Geezer’s Guide To Life, Immaturity, And Learning How To Change Diapers All Over Again. His previous books are Leave It to Boomer and The Empty Nest Chronicles. Jerry claims that “all of them are crimes against literature.” Grandfather Knows Best is based…

Will Rogers Award — The Search Is On

2016 Will Rogers Humanitarian Award It’s a new year and time once again to search for someone deserving of the Will Rogers Humanitarian Award. This is the 16th year of this honor, which recognizes a writer whose work has positively affected readers’ lives and produced tangible humanitarian benefits. This year’s winner will be honored at…

Eliscu Publishes Novel

Maine Authors Publishing has released a novel by  Kathy Eliscu. The book is Not Even Dark Chocolate Can Fix This Mess! The publisher’s page has this summary: “Somewhere in Maine, a middle-aged woman is having a serious temper tantrum. ‘Tink’ Casawill is drowning in family and work demands, hormones, a fiance oblivious to another woman’s flirtations,…

Barnes’ Military Family Collection Out as eBook

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Terri Barnes, a National Society of Newspaper Columnists member, says that Elva Resa Publishing of St. Paul, Minnesota, on Oct 12 released her column collection Spouse Calls: Messages From a Military Life as an ebook edition. It was released in paperback in March 2014. Terri’s column “Spouse Calls” runs in Stars and Stripes. The volume,…

Mark Segal Publishes Memoir

Mark Segal, a National Society of Newspaper Columnists member, has written a memoir And Then I Danced: Traveling the Road to LGBT Equality. It was published October 6 by Akashic Books. According to a press release, Mark is founder of the Philadelphia Gay News; co-founder and former president of the National Gay Press Association and the…

2015 Will Rogers Writing Contest Winners Announced

Will Rogers Writers Foundation

Eileen Mitchell has added another award to her collection. The writer-author-blogger from Palatine, Illinois, a Chicago suburb, is the first-place winner in the 2015 Will Rogers Writing Contest. Her essay, “Roped in by Technology,” was judged the top entry in a national competition to find the best examples of the style of writing practiced by…

Bombeck’s Story Staged in Washington

Erma Bombeck

Columnists and bloggers living or visiting in the District of Columbia area might be interested in knowing the biographical play Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End will be running this fall at Washington’s Arena Stage. The drama is part of the season’s Women’s Voices Theater Festival and runs Oct. 9 through Nov. 8, 2015. The Arena…

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,…