Category: Annual Conference

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Check Out The View

By Amanda Beam Fabulous views are everywhere in Los Angeles. Travel to The Getty and you glimpse the spikes of Downtown L.A. skyscrapers in the distance. A trip to Will Rogers State Park will allow you to see the Pacific Ocean through the haze. But atop the Angeleno Hotel just north of Santa Monica Beach,…

2016 Column Contest Winners Announced in Los Angeles

Winners in the 2016 annual column contest of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists were announced Saturday night (June, 25) at the awards banquet of its 40th annual conference, held in Los Angeles. Each contestant submitted three columns or blog posts that were published in calendar year 2015. First place in each category is receiving…

Sitting Duck Award for 2016 – It’s Huuuuuuge!

The National Society of Newspaper Columnists has given its 2016 Sitting Duck Award to GOP presumptive presidential nominee Donald J. Trump. “Much like in the Republican primaries this year, the columnists’ vote for Trump was no contest,” said NSNC president Lisa Smith Molinari. “His margin was huuuuge.” The society met in Los Angeles over the weekend. The…

Hospitality: Yeah, We’ve Got That!

Logo -- The 40th annual conference of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists will be June 24-26, 2016, at the Hotel Angeleno in Los Angeles.

#NSNC2016 – Los Angeles By Michele “Wojo” Wojciechowski By now, you’ve read a lot about this year’s NSNC Conference: the big names in the writing business who are speaking, the opportunities to pitch and the places you’ll go. But have you really thought about how much fun you’ll have? Well, let me tell you. ……

Pitch Your Idea to a Hollywood Producer

#NSNC16 – Los Angeles By Suzette Martinez Standring NSNC Conference Committee Do you have a book, column, or concept that could go Hollywood? Take a chance and pitch your film/TV idea to a Hollywood producer! Open only to 2016 NSNC conference registrants, at least three lucky winners each will have a private meeting to give…

Do You Have a Book in You?

Just Write

#NSNC16 – Los Angeles By Cathy Turney NSNC Conference Committee Authoring a published book is your passport to greater professional recognition. Doesn’t matter if it’s traditionally published or self-published. Well, Random House does carry some caché. The fact that you wrote a book that has an ISBN number, a Library of Congress number, that can be…

Walk Where Will Rogers Walked – and Wrote and Roped

Will Rogers' ranch house, now in Will Rogers State Historic Park in Pacific Palisades

#NSNC16 – Los Angeles By Robert Haught We walked in the footsteps of Ernie Pyle when we met in 2010 at Bloomington, Indiana, where he studied journalism at Indiana University. We imagined looking over the shoulder of Mark Twain as he penned the words to “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and other classics when we…

Hollywood Conference Secrets Revealed!

Hollywood Sign, Los Angeles, California

#NSNC16 – Los Angeles By Lisa Smith Molinari Vice President National Society of Newspaper nnelumnists At NSNC’s 40th Annual Conference, which will take place June 23-26 in Los Angeles, a panel of Hollywood insiders will give us their behind the scenes perspectives on how written words are transformed for the screen. The panel will be…

Schedule for NSNC’s 40th Annual Conference in LA

Hollywood Sign, Los Angeles, California

#NSNC16 – Los Angeles By Lisa Smith Molinari Vice President National Society of Newspaper Columnists The NSNC Conference Committee is proud to add a prestigious line-up of speakers and panelists to the schedule for our upcoming Annual Conference in Los Angeles, June 23-26, 2016. Although the general theme for this year’s West Coast location is “Hooray…

Columnists, Are You Ready for Your Close-Up?

Faux streetsign of Hollywood at Sunset,, at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort

#NSNC16 – Los Angeles By Paul Lander LOS ANGELES — It’ll be great to have so many of you here for this year’s NSNC extravaganza. And, yeah, I’d say that to anyone coming to L.A. because it’s L.A. and we say stuff like that, even when we don’t mean it. We also say stuff like “Let’s…

Heavy Hitters Head to Hollywood

Hollywood Sign, Los Angeles, California

#NSNC16 – Los Angeles By Lisa Smith Molinari Vice President National Society of Newspaper Columnists NCNC’s Conference Committee is proud to announce a sparkling marquis of speakers for the upcoming 2016 Conference held June 23-26 in Los Angeles, California. Online registration is open at tinyurl.com/nsnc16la for what will surely be a star-studded event. Pulitzer Prize…

La La L.A. Conference 2016

Hollywood Sign, Los Angeles, California

#NSNC16 – Los Angeles The 2016 conference of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists will be June 23-26 in Los Angeles. Here is the secure link to register for the conference: tinyurl.com/nsnc16la . It’ll be based at the Hotel Angeleno. Here is the link for making reservations in its NSNC room block: tinyurl.com/NatlSocietyNewspaperColumnists. We have a limited…

Columnists Write about Indy Conference

Map of Indiana

NSNC 2015 — Indianapolis The June 25-28 conference of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists inspired the writers who attended. Following are columns and stories about the 39th annual NSNC conference as well as riffs and rants it spawned. The list is not complete so it will be updated as other columns are published. Please…

‘I Am Not a Columnist’ – Mary Schmich

Chicago Tribune masthead

By Mary Schmich Copyright © 2015 Mary Schmich When I arrived at the Chicago Tribune in 1985 to work in the features department, the features editor sat me down and asked me how I envisioned my newspaper future. “I’d like to write a column,” I chirped. She snorted. “Yeah,” she said, “you and everybody else.” And…

2015 Slate of Officer Nominees

The 2015 Nominating Committee of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists presents the following slate of nominees to two-year positions being left vacant June 30. Secretary: Telly Halkias Treasurer: Kathy Eliscu Archivist: Dave Astor Contest chair: Michele Wojciechowski Membership chair: Amanda Beam This year’s Nominating Committee comprised NSNC former presidents Eric Heyl, Suzette Martinez Standring…

Schedule for Indy Conference

Water Clock, Children's Museum of Indianapolis

NSNC 2015 — Indianapolis Thursday, June 25, 2015 All events are confirmed. Updates to the schedule, however, will be clearly noted. 4 – 6 p.m. — Registration (check-in time for The Alexander is 3 p.m.) 3 – 5 — NSNC board meeting 6 – 9 — Optional group dinner at Scotty’s Brewhouse, meet in lobby…

Looking for Auction Items

NSNC 2015 — Indianapolis Groucho: I’ll show you how to make some real money. I’m gonna hold an auction in a little while at Cocoanut Manor. You know what an auction is, don’t you? Chico: Sure. I come over from Italy on the Atlantic Auction. Groucho: (pause) Let’s go ahead as if nothing happened. I…