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Memorable Meeting Moments

By Dave Astor Archivist National Society of Newspaper Columnists The NSNC’s annual conferences predictably feature great speakers and panels. Making the meetings even more interesting are unpredictable occurrences: surprising words out of speakers’ mouths, quirky field trips, spontaneous happenings in the hotels, and more. Below are many examples of standout moments from the past 25…

Special thanks to THE CURRIER MUSEUM OF ART!

Special thanks to THE CURRIER MUSEUM OF ART!   FREE entrance is granted to NSNC attendees on Thursday, June 8 and on Sunday, June 11, 2017. NSNC attendee names will be given to the museum’s front desk. Hours of operation: Thursday and Sunday, 11 am – 5 p.m. (Jazz Brunch opens at 10 a.m. and…

Will Rogers Award Honors Active Columnist for Community Service

Suzette Martinez Standring to receive Will Rogers Humanitarian Award Suzette Martinez Standring is one of the busiest members of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. She bylines a syndicated spirituality column and writes a blog, she has authored two award-winning books widely used in journalism classes, she speaks at national workshops and conferences on a…

Carl Hiaasen Is More Than One ‘…ist’

This is the 18th in a series of articles about recipients of the NSNC’s annual Ernie Pyle Lifetime Achievement Award. By Dave Astor Archivist National Society of Newspaper Columnists Carl Hiaasen is a columnist, novelist, and on the list…of Ernie Pyle Lifetime Achievement Award winners. The multitalented writer received the honor at our 2010 conference…

Baseball Tickets

Optional for attendees: Thursday, June 8, 2017 NH Fisher Cats Minor League Baseball Game, 6:30 p.m. Delta Dental Stadium, 3/4 mile walk from the Manchester Radisson.  Excellent seats behind third base dugout. Lots of good stadium eats for dinner on your own. Fireworks to follow game! $12 per ticket.  Reserve now HERE, first come, first…

Prison Diaries Writer Finds Camaraderie at NSNC Annual Conference

By Chandra Bozelko Prison Diaries became the first regular, inmate-written byline in 2012. Consider that: with the wealth of knowledge and stories that incarcerated people have, no one gave even one of them a regular byline in a news publication until well into the 21st century. Sure, inmates published here and there, but a regular spot…

What The Hell Just Happened?

A Political Roundtable The 2017 conference in Manchester, NH, June 8-11, includes a political roundtable on Friday afternoon from 2:00 to 2:50 p.m. that will discuss all that has happened  in this oddity of a political season. Emmy award winning Scott Spradling will moderate this discussion. Spradling is a former reporter, anchor and political director for WMUR-TV in…

It’s Not Novel That Some Novelists Have Also Written Columns Astor

By Dave Astor NSNC Archivist   Some writers have been columnists AND novelists. You’re probably aware of a few who’ve done both, while the names of others may surprise you. Let’s go alphabetically, shall we?   Iconic science-fiction author Isaac Asimov wrote or edited an astounding 500-plus books during his career, yet also found time…

What’s to Know About Manchester, NH

By Mike Morin Conference Chair Spiny cockleburs put Manchester on the map. Chances are you use the product inspired by the annoying burs that stick to your clothes while hiking. Velcro was born out of the hook and loop configuration of spiny cockleburs. So thank Swiss engineer George de Mestral and New Hampshire every time…

Find Your Literary Agent at NSNC 2017

Have you written a book? We have agents eager to hear your pitches. Here’s how it works First, find out how pitches and the types of books compel professional representation from the NSNC’s first-ever Literary Agents/Publishers’ Panel on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at the NSNC annual conference at the Manchester Radisson in NH.  Direct questions…

Will Rogers Award 2017 Nominating Period Open

Will Rogers

Nominations for the 2017 Will Rogers Humanitarian Award are now being accepted (application HERE). The award, recognizing a writer whose work has positively affected readers’ lives and produced tangible community wide benefits, will be presented at the annual NSNC Conference June 8-11 in Manchester, N.H. Any regularly published newspaper columnist, investigative reporter or feature writer who…

Death Seemed Near, So Art Buchwald Was Honored Early

This is the 14th in a series of articles about recipients of the NSNC’s annual Ernie Pyle Lifetime Achievement Award. By Dave Astor Archivist National Society of Newspaper Columnists The situation surrounding Art Buchwald made 2006 perhaps the most memorable year for the Ernie Pyle Lifetime Achievement Award. Because the renowned political satirist was expected…

Old Man to host Alex in 2017

By Lisa Smith Molinari President National Society of Newspaper Columnists There is a steep granite cliff among the towering White Mountains of New Hampshire, where, for many years, the glacier-sculpted profile of “the Old Man of the Mountain” looked out upon the state — guarding its historical significance, uniquely American ideals, fiercely independent residents, and…

Manchester, NH, Named for 2017 National Society of Newspaper Columnists Annual Conference

  Manchester, NH — Manchester will see an influx of columnists from all over the country (staff, freelance, syndicated, self-syndicated, independent, and bloggers), June 8-11, 2017. The National Society of Newspaper Columnists (NSNC) announces Manchester, New Hampshire, as the site of its 2017 annual conference. The Radisson Hotel in downtown Manchester is eager to host.…

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…

2001: A Place Oddity (Because a Pyle Winner Wasn’t There)

This is the ninth in a series of articles about recipients of the NSNC’s annual Ernie Pyle Lifetime Achievement Award. By Dave Astor Archivist National Society of Newspaper Columnists Nat Hentoff was the first Ernie Pyle Lifetime Achievement Award winner not to travel to receive the honor in person, but he has otherwise traveled a…